Problem DescriptionToday, the poorest 20% of Americans are paying 10% or more of their total income for electricity and at least 49% of America can’t access rooftop solar. Control of energy by large utilities means that otherwise abundanant and cheap clean energy is inaccessible to the income-restricted consumer. Groundswell, the owner of this solution, counters this by offering place-based programs in equitable community solar, energy efficiency, rooftop solar, and affordable wind power.
Groundswell was founded in 2009 by a group of field organizers who worked together on Obama for America during the 2008 Presidential campaign. Since it's founding it has grown from a local nonprofit organization to a Mid-Atlantic leader in clean energy across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and f Washington DC.
Groundswell has produced results through community organizing – expanding affordable access to wind, solar, and energy efficiency while reducing carbon emissions. It has switched more than 4,000 families and small businesses to clean power and contracted for the sale of 225 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy, resulting in 155,000 metric tons of carbon pollution reduction.
Sustainable Development Goals
On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. This solution covers the following goals:
Social Progress Index
- Groundswell Stories
A collection of blog posts and communications pieces highlighting Groundswell's work.
- From Power to Empowerment
A report from Groundswell: "Just as far sighted regulators and entrepreneurs leveraged universal access to electricity to drive inclusive economic growth in the 20th century, today’s leaders must take significant strides to make renewable energy accessible for all Americans. This is not simply a matter of fairness and equity. Existing market practices and public policies in both renewable energy production and energy efficiency are failing to benefit low and moderate income families, resulting in missed opportunities for economic growth. This white paper details the critical relationship between energy and economic opportunity in the United States, as well as a call to action to accelerate the adoption of community solar legislation, to expand and support energy efficiency programs that align with community solar, and to drive consumer adoption of these programs through place-based community organizations."
- Groundswell Annual Report 2014
- Patrick Sabol, Groundswell
- Nadya Dutchin, Groundswell
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|STAGE||SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED||EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES||RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING||FINANCE REQUIRED||KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED||GOAL|
|Developing and implementing5||Strong leadership, management, implementation skills|
|A robust and detailed case developed through formal evaluation and evidence gathering – use of a control group to isolate impact||An implemented and sustainable innovation|