Sharing Power: Paving the way toward inclusive solar access

Expanding the conversation on ways to provide equitable solar throughout the country, Groundswell will be hosting a discussion panel September 10, 2018 in affiliation with the Global Climate Action Summit. Register Here

Sharing Power: Inclusive Project Finance Models for Equitable Solar will be a dynamic breakfast discussion exploring economically inclusive project finance models for solar that expand access for low and moderate income communities and connect solar power with economic empowerment.

The session will begin with fellowship at 8:30 a.m. accompanied by coffee and a light breakfast. The speaking and discussion program will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 10:30 a.m.

Led by Michelle Moore, CEO of Groundswell and former Federal Chief Sustainability Officer for President Obama, and Trenton Allen, Founder and CEO of Sustainable Capital Advisors, discussion topics will include:

  • Specific project case studies for inclusive solar project finance in both rural and urban settings
  • Identification of project development and delivery approaches that are matched to a variety of regulatory and utility service territories
  • Aligning project economic value with community values to build the energy future local residents want to see
  • Connecting solar power with economic empowerment and entrepreneurship
  • Common technical, financial, and communications challenges and strategies for overcoming them
  • Built to work for everyone: The power of customer-centric innovation

About Groundswell

Groundswell builds community power. Groundswell is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that serves as a community solar developer and subscriber management organization, delivering projects that connect solar power with economic empowerment.

The organizations “Share Power” community solar program deploys private capital for social good, and is based on the idea that neighbors care about their neighbors. Groundswell’s solar project finance model is groundbreaking because it treats community solar projects like small utilities instead of big rooftops, therefore eliminating consumer credit and other financial barriers that would impede from everyone being able to enjoy access to affordable solar power.

About Sustainable Capital Advisors

Sustainable Capital Advisors is a strategic consulting and financial advisory firm serving the sustainable infrastructure sector. Sustainable Capital Advisors professionals are experienced in developing and implementing innovative financing structures for renewable energy projects – distributed and utility scale and energy efficiency. Sustainable Capital Advisors professionals have over a combined 40 years and $20 Billion in transaction experience for energy projects.

As a part of their work, Sustainable Capital Advisors recently worked with Vote Solar to publish a report on challenges and solutions to the solar access barriers faced by low-income and low-credit score residents. Learn more about the report here.


The event is open to the public and to the press, and will be live streamed on social media. Maximum attendee capacity is 35 persons, which will enable a dynamic discussion.

RSVP for the event here.