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  • Groundswell and The Solutions Project Join Forces to Connect Values-Aligned Corporations, Capital, and Regenerative Community Solutions through The Fighter Fund

    Groundswell and The Solutions Project Join Forces to Connect Values-Aligned Corporations, Capital, and Regenerative Community Solutions through The Fighter Fund

    Groundswell, a nonprofit that builds community power, and The Solutions Project, which supports climate changemakers at the grassroots, are joining forces to develop a new program to connect corporate climate offset investments with renewable and regenerative projects serving frontline communities.

    August 25, 2020

  • Building a Path to Resilience in Baltimore

    Building a Path to Resilience in Baltimore

    In June, Groundswell was awarded a $300,000 grant by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) to design up to 30 resiliency hubs throughout Baltimore’s most climate vulnerable communities. These funds will make it possible for Groundswell to find out where it is feasible to install Resiliency Hubs in the Baltimore community — in terms of both architectural opportunities and potential host site locations.

    August 20, 2020

  • Surveying in the Age of COVID-19: How we Can Improve

    Surveying in the Age of COVID-19: How we Can Improve

    As sections of the country begin to slowly reopen, allowing most to return to work, the Coronavirus moves from the limelight to back burner. It is indisputable that COVID-19 has changed home, work, and community life. Simple things like meeting friends for dinner are no longer simple. While this is happening, job insecurity and job loss is increasing across the country . Society is changing. And for organizations seeking to work with communities most affected by COVID-19, we can no longer operate business as usual. We must study and monitor this change to better serve our customers, to stay attuned to people’s needs as needs change in a shifting environment. As a result, surveying customers and determining what their needs are is paramount in maintaining quality service during and following this pandemic.

    July 24, 2020

  • Supporting Each Other

    Supporting Each Other

    Supporting each other is one of Groundswell’s founding principles. This — and our commitment to providing a model that truly empowers our subscribers and their communities — is why we’ve taken a small step back from our usual social media and marketing efforts to introduce a new concert series at Groundswell called Prepare for Power. Through art, fresh perspectives, and performances by up and coming performers from across the country, we hope that we can transport you beyond the news of the day and into a space where you feel supported, inspired, and hopeful. 

    July 02, 2020

  • Transformation is a Verb

    Transformation is a Verb

    Groundswell champions the value of transformation – deeply understanding the systems and constraints of “what is” in order to move toward “what should be.” We work with communities across the country, listening and walking beside our neighbors from many different backgrounds and income levels to hear and empower our partner communities in shaping a shared energy future. This takes a lot of work and much more time than imposing an existing system “from the top.” 

    May 11, 2020

  • Energizing the Community at The Monastery of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

    Energizing the Community at The Monastery of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

    This year, the Discalced Carmelite Friars of Washington, D.C., and Groundswell will continue to follow Jesus’ call to love our neighbors through the benefits created by the recently energized solar project at the Monastery of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

    April 30, 2020

  • Honoring Earth Day at 50: Beauty that Lasts

    Honoring Earth Day at 50: Beauty that Lasts

    Earth Day invites us all to recommit ourselves to protecting the earth because of all the ways in which the health and quality of our lives and the lives of generations to come are bound up in the health of our planet. Committing yourself to protecting something (or someone) takes love, understanding, and an appreciation for its value. So how do we begin to love and appreciate the earth?

    April 23, 2020

  • Share Power for Giving Tuesday!

    Share Power for Giving Tuesday!

    Today is Giving Tuesday, and as millions of Americans donate to their favorite NGO’s, we want to re-introduce how Groundswell is using our Share Power™ Community Solar program to bring affordable clean energy to people across the district and show how you can join us. 

    December 03, 2019

  • The Washington Order of Discalced Carmelite Friars Project Blessing

    The Washington Order of Discalced Carmelite Friars Project Blessing

    On Monday October 21, 2019, Groundswell hosted a blessing event to celebrate the completion of our 151 kilowatt community solar project located at the Monastery of Washington Province of Friars of the Discalced Carmelite. The project was born out of the Discalced Carmelite Friars desire to establish a greater connection with the community surrounding the monastery and make a positive contribution to it as part of their mission of service. The event also served as the official launch of Groundswell’s Share Power™ Community Solar Program.

    November 07, 2019

  • LIFT Solar Research Collaborative Update: June/July

    LIFT Solar Research Collaborative Update: June/July

    The DOE awarded Groundswell and its partners Elevate Energy, Southface, and Clean Energy Works funds for a research collaboration. The project, called Accelerating Low-Income Financing and Transactions for Solar Access Everywhere or “LIFT Solar Everywhere” will determine the optimal financing and program elements (customer experience factors) that community solar projects need to best serve every member of our communities, and especially our energy burdened neighbors. LIFT will use data from energy efficiency, solar and community solar programs nationwide to analyze how best to serve low-income families.

    July 04, 2019

  • Solar in Bloom at LaGrange Housing Authority

    Solar in Bloom at LaGrange Housing Authority

    Groundswell recently collaborated with the Solutions Project, a nonprofit that funds renewable energy projects that build public will and interest, to install a solar Smartflower at the LaGrange Housing Authority (LHA). A first of its kind in area, the Smartflower will produce energy that will help reduce the monthly utility bill of LHA’s administrative office. Those savings will then be earmarked to fund future, youth afterschool programming and education.

    June 12, 2019

  • Groundswell named the winner of the Bronze Stevie® Award

    Groundswell named the winner of the Bronze Stevie® Award

    Groundswell was recently named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Energy Industry Innovation of the Year category in The 17th Annual American Business Awards®. The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.'s premier business awards program.

    May 09, 2019