Groundswell shares what we learn so that everyone can benefit from our research and work, including what works and what doesn’t.

Summary of the Working Wisdom Listening Tour

  • Over the course of four online sessions in February 2021, community leaders shared their community-building stories and suggested a language of connection, principles, and frameworks at the Working Wisdom Listening Tour. This series brought together corporate leaders in renewable energy and frontline community leaders to mutually recognize the power of being good neighbors. These recommendations are designed to guide corporate energy buyers in building authentic non-extractive relationships to support equitable and community-led renewable project development with multiple benefits for all parties. The Tour was a first step in Groundswell’s more extensive Communities + Corporates program.

PAYSR Solar Study

  • The LIFT Solar Everywhere research project has developed a three-part research report to determine whether and how the PAYS® system for tariffed on-bill investment could make on-site solar systems available to low- and moderate-income (LMI) customers. The PAYS system is designed to facilitate utility investment in cost-effective energy upgrades and has the potential to provide a distinct financing solution for increasing clean energy access for low and moderate-income households.

Customer Experience Benchmarking Analysis

  • LIFT Solar has conducted benchmarking research of existing LMI clean energy and resource efficiency programs to assess customer experience and financial performance at the program or project level. This benchmarking research will inform the delivery of the LIFT Solar Tool Kit and provide insights and recommendations for clean energy and resource efficiency program administrators nationally serving LMI participants.

Accelerating LMI Access to Solar

  • This preliminary project finance report from LIFT’s early data collection notes trends and patterns marking community solar finance - namely, that due to tax code and state or local regulations, nearly every solar project is financed with unique structures.  

Solar Empowers Some

  • The solar marketplace has experienced exponential growth on a global, national, and local scale. In both the District of Columbia and Baltimore, solar developers, financiers, and solar engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firms are shaping a market that is rich with innovation and profitability. Critically, however, minority and women-owned businesses are underrepresented at every level of the solar supply chain in the District – especially as business owners and principals. As a result, the solar industry and its wealth-building economic expansion in the District of Columbia and in Baltimore is not fulfilling its potential to drive equitable economic development. In order to create successful pathways of participation, business ownership and employment opportunities must be made known to disadvantaged entrepreneurs; financing must be accessible; and guidance in establishing specialized administrative functions must be available.

From Power to Empowerment

  • 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.