Groundswell’s SharePower™ community solar program is available to everyone, regardless if you rent or own. In addition, participation in SharePower™ is flexible – Groundswell doesn’t require long term contracts, and your subscription can move with you within the same electricity service territory.
No. That’s the best part! Your community solar project will be generating clean energy from a central location such as a local church, school, or apartment complex. There is no need to install anything on your home or apartment.
SharePower™ subscriptions are affordable, predictable, and cost less than $50 a month. Subscription fees will vary by solar project based on subscription size, anticipated energy production, and state regulations. The cost of a solar subscription typically nets the same or less than what one pays their electricity provider for the same amount of traditional power. Best of all, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that a portion of the energy you’re using is clean! Please see our Pricing page for additional details.
SharePower™ subscription fees are typically billed in advance and may be billed monthly or quarterly, depending on the project. In return, Groundswell works with the local utility provider to establish and manage your community solar account. Once established, a solar credit will appear on your monthly bill for your share of solar power produced that month. The credit amount may vary month-to-month based on the volume of sunlight received and energy produced by the project.
Unlike other community solar subscriptions fees that may fluctuate without warning, your SharePower™ subscription fee amount is fixed for up to two years. Please note that paid subscription fees are not refundable, but you can cancel your contract for a future date at any time without penalty.
You’ll receive your solar credit from the utility at the end of the month, though some utilities give themselves up to 90 days to apply solar credits.
Spaces for our available community solar projects are filled on a first-come first-serve basis. If all spaces are filled, we encourage you to sign up for our wait list to secure your place in line for the next available project. A $20 refundable reservation fee is required to join the wait list. Your reservation fee will be applied to your first month’s subscription fee. Should you ever want to remove yourself from the wait list, simply log into your SharePowertm dashboard and cancel your waitlist reservation directly. Alternatively, you can contact our customer service team at [email protected]ll.org or 202-505-3051, and we will issue a full refund.
If you live in a state where we have community solar projects available and pay an electricity bill, you can sign up to SharePowertm. For example, if you live in Washington DC and pay a Pepco bill, you’re eligible to sign up.
Groundswell’s SharePower™ program guarantees that a portion of electricity from every one of our projects is shared at no cost with Empowered, or income-qualified, households; helping them to cut their monthly electricity bill nearly in half.
For DC residents, if you or someone you know has received any one of the following benefits in the last twelve months, you are eligible to receive a no-cost subscription to Groundswell’s DC-based community solar projects (pending availability):
- SNAP (food stamps)
- TANF (emergency cash)
- RAD (Residential Aid Discount)
- LIHEAP (Low-income Heating & Energy Assistance Program)
- SSI/SSD (Supplemental Security Income/Disability)
- DC Housing Voucher (Section 8)
If you do not receive any of the above benefits, but meet the minimum household income criteria, please visit the DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) website and complete the application to qualify for LIHEAP assistance. Once approved by DOEE, you will become eligible to enroll in our SharePower™ program.
Groundswell is committed to providing a respectful, best-in-class customer service experience. We understand that sometimes the enrollment process can be confusing or overwhelming which is why we have used Human Center Design research to create an experience that provides our customers with the necessary support and assistance they need to successfully sign up for our SharePower™ program. Our dedicated Customer Service team is available via phone, email or you can schedule an in-person visit.
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Yes, you can! Please note that your community solar credits will not offset the budget installment amount. The solar credits will reduce the electric charges, and a recalculation will occur during the 12 month period if you have a large budget difference. If you have paid more in budget installments than actual electric charges, you will receive a credit settlement in the 12th month.
DC Solar for All is a program of the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment that seeks to provide the benefits of solar electricity to 100,000 low-income households and reduce their energy bills by 50% by 2032. The program was established by the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Expansion Amendment Act of 2016 and is funded by the Renewable Energy Development Fund (REDF).
Groundswell is proud to provide subscriber management services to DC Solar for All community solar participants.
For more information about Solar for All visit: http://doee.dc.gov/solarforall
Your community solar agreement locks in your subscription price for the length of your contract. If electricity rates increase in the future (which they often do), your savings will only increase! You will not be asked to sign a lengthy (5-15+ year) contract as offered by other providers. Your SharePower™ contract can be cancelled at any time with no penalty.
Every state sets its own community solar policies, and there are some states where community solar isn’t available or even allowed yet. If you don’t see a community solar project in your area and you’d like to help make it happen, we would love to talk to you about bringing equitable, community solar to your community.
You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter so we can stay connected and share updates on our latest projects and progress. By doing so, you are showing the support necessary to bring the benefits of community solar to your city and the opportunity to SharePower™ with more of our neighbors.
We hate to see you leave! If there is anything we can do to better serve you, please let us know. Otherwise, subscriptions can be cancelled by contacting Groundswell’s Customer Service Team at [email protected] or at 202-505-3051. Contracts can be cancelled with no penalty, however we are unable to refund any subscription fees that have already been paid. We will cancel your account and stop the billing for any future fees and remove your name from the project list.
Your credit card will be charged at the beginning of each billing cycle, for which you’ll receive a reminder.
At the end of the month, you’ll receive a solar credit on your utility bill based on the amount of solar energy produced by your subscription. During the summer months, your solar credit will typically exceed the cost of your monthly subscription. During the winter months, your solar credit may be less than the cost of your monthly subscription.
Persistently! Groundswell reports your monthly community solar production to the utility and tracks your solar credits to make sure they’re accurate. You can find the full report with the most recent information available from your utility by logging in to your SharePower account.
No. Your SharePower™ monthly subscription fee will remain the same for up to two years, depending on the subscription term you selected. Please note that paid subscription fees are not refundable, but you can cancel your subscription at any time without penalty.
SharePower subscriptions are available in either one- or two-year terms. We do not require lengthy contracts, sometimes 5-15 years or more, as other community solar providers do. You can also cancel your SharePower™ subscription at any time with no penalty.
Your SharePower savings will vary each month. At the end of the month, you’ll receive a solar credit on your utility bill based on the amount of solar energy produced by your subscription. During the summer months, your solar credit will typically be higher. During the winter months, your solar credit will be lower.
Empowered subscribers meet local definitions of “low- and moderate income,” or LMI, households. Typically, that means that the total household income is 85% or less than the area median income (AMI). LMI households, on average, pay 10% or more of total household income for electricity - which is a much higher energy burden than more affluent households carry.
Groundswell works within local municipal policies for verifying household income, and always respects the privacy and confidentiality of our Empowered subscribers. For District of Columbia residents, if you or someone you know has received any one of the following benefits in the last twelve months, you are eligible to receive a no-cost Empowered subscription to Groundswell’s DC-based community solar projects:
SNAP (food stamps)
TANF (emergency cash)
RAD (Residential Aid Discount)
LIHEAP (Low-income Heating & Energy Assistance Program)
SSI/SSD (Supplemental Security Income/Disability)
DC Housing Voucher (Section 8)
If you do not receive any of the above benefits but do meet the minimum household income criteria, please contact us and we’ll walk you through the qualification process.
If you interested in signing up for a no-cost Empowered community solar subscription, please give us a call at (202) 505-3051 or send us an email at [email protected]. We will send you the application materials, and we will ask you to provide the following:
- All four pages of a recent Pepco bill at your current address
- Proof that you have received one of the following benefits in the last twelve months: SNAP (food stamps), TANF (emergency cash), RAD (Residential Aid Discount), LIHEAP (Low-income Heating & Energy Assistance Program), SSI/SSD (Supplemental Security Income/Disability), or DC Housing Voucher (Section 8).