The HASI Foundation’s partnership with Groundswell provides pre-development funding for the construction of multiple Behind-the-Meter (BTM) solar arrays paired with battery storage for participating Community Resiliency Hubs. The program simultaneously increases access to renewable energy and back-up power in low- to moderate-income communities, reduces the burden of utility costs for community organizations, and provides community training and workforce development opportunities.
Community Resilience Hubs are trusted, service-based non-profit community organizations with strong leadership located in underserved neighborhoods. The Hubs provide essential resources and community support during times of crisis, including access to reliable power for essential devices; supplies, food and drinking water; and medications sensitive to temperature, among other benefits.
The BTM systems can be fully islanded to operate independently from the local electrical distribution grid. These systems are designed to provide a 50 percent probability of lasting three full days in an off-grid scenario and power critical loads, including lighting, refrigeration and plug loads for connectivity, and heating and cooling where feasible.
This ongoing collaboration involves many project partners, including a core team comprised of Groundswell (a nonprofit that builds community power through equitable solar projects and resilience centers); AF Mensah (a Black-owned supplier of hardware, controls and battery O&M services); and Suncatch Energy (a Black-owned solar and battery installation company).