Groundswell believes that clean energy is a necessity, not a luxury good; we’re all in this together; and it’s not OK to leave our neighbors who are struggling behind. We work in partnership with local community organizations to empower individuals, businesses, faith communities, and nonprofits to align their values with how they purchase energy. Our approach is grounded in collective action and cooperative purchasing: by working together, we give communities the ability to take control of their electricity bill, save money, and align how they spend their money with their values.
In this spirit, we recently launched a partnership with The Temple of Praise, a visionary 15,000+ member interdenominational church located in the Washington Highlands neighborhood of the District of Columbia, to develop a 500 kilowatt community solar project on their property. The project itself will deliver clean energy to approximately 75 families at market prices and provide free power to 35 low and moderate income (LMI) households.
While this project will deliver a number of economic, environmental, and social benefits to the surrounding community, we believe a strategic investment from SunShot’s Solar in Your Community Program can broaden its impact even further. Building on the existing procurement and investment efforts that are already underway for Temple of Praise, Groundswell is seeking support to add an additional four to eight mid-sized solar installations in the surrounding neighborhoods. Through enhanced community outreach and project pre-development, we believe we can aggregate these projects to drive further cost savings and expand the impact of the program.