How can communities reduce dependence on fossil-based electricity?

Posted by Kunal Nandwani on 29 May, 2018

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Silic - Liquid Repellant shirt

Posted by Earthr.org Content Team on 24 Aug, 2018

How about doing less laundry? This simple shirt, which comes in black or white, is covered in billions of silica particles to repel all liquids. While Silic is great for sloppy types who tend to spill things such as coffee and ketchup on themselves, it's great for athletes, too, because sweat won't absorb into the fabric. Unlike other hydrophobic materials on the market, Silic won't cause cancer, and the shirt retains its liquid repelling qualities for up to 80 washes.

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Groundswell: Build community power

Posted by Vivek Mehta on 29 May, 2018

Groundswell develops community solar projects and subscriber management programs that connect solar power with economic empowerment for marginalized communities. Groundswell’s community solar programs enable neighbors to work together to share energy through community solar, offering substantial savings to low-income households. They have more than 13 Megawatts of community solar projects in development in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Georgia - including projects that improve resilience by incorporating energy storage.

Groundswell works with churches, apartment buildings, and other organizations to develop and install community solar projects. There are no costs to the site host. Groundswell leases a rooftop, the area over a parking lot, or an empty land. They then design the project, organize financing, and enroll and manage all subscribers (people who opt for buying the solar power). The subscribers get locally generated solar power for about the same price as the conventional energy, but for every 3-5 households who subscribe, a low-income household gets electricity for 50% less price.

For example, if a Groundswell Community Solar project has a system size of 250kW, it can provide enough energy to support 83 households in the local community. Of those households, 19 are Empowered Households (low-income neighbors who struggle with the burden of high energy bills). Over a period of 20 years, that creates an economic benefit of $187,625 to families in the neighborhood.  

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