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Network of customized education on the benefits of energy efficiency, availability of programs, and opportunities for assistance for residents in Montgomery County, MD

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | Department of Environmental Protection


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RESIDENTIAL: In October 2019, we launched the Montgomery Energy Connection network as a one-stop website for all things energy-related in the county. Its goal is to provide customized education to county residents on the benefits of energy efficiency, programs, and opportunities for assistance. If you need help paying your energy bill, want to lower your energy bill, learn about renewable energy, or understand your energy usage, Montgomery Energy Connection can help. Visit the regularly updated website or our new Instagram page.

Partners in Energy: Meet Kimberly Armstrong


RESIDENTIAL: Our Partners in Energy series profiles a local leader, advocate, or trailblazer who is dedicated to improving energy efficiency and helping the county realize its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035. This month we learn more about the Maryland Director for Solar United Neighbors, Kimberly Armstrong. She has been working tirelessly to get our 4th Solar Co-op numbers up and we appreciate all the work she has done for the County.

There’s Still Time to Join the Solar Co-op


RESIDENTIAL: Do you have solar panels on your roof? Or your garage? Or in your yard? Or on your business? If so, #ShowUsYouSolar! As we celebrate the 4th Solar Co-op in Montgomery County, we also want to celebrate all of the residents and small businesses in the County that have invested in solar energy. Find out more about this social media campaign.  

For the third year in a row, Montgomery County 4th Solar Co-Op members chose Solar Energy World as their solar installer through an open and competitive bidding process. Solar Energy World is a solar installation company which ensures co-op participants will be able to leverage bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and preferred financing terms while still receiving best-of-class solar products and superior service and installation.

Virtual QHECs Now Available


RESIDENTIAL: In the face of the unprecedented public health and safety challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pepco has gone virtual with its Quick Home Energy Check-up program to help customers save energy and money. The new, no-cost Virtual Home Energy Check-up is available for all Pepco Maryland customers, and builds on Pepco's Quick Home Energy Check-up program, which offers traditional, in-home consultations with an Energy Analyst. Interested customers should schedule an appointment online by visiting pepco.com/QuickHome.

Gaithersburg Nationally Recognized for High Percentage of Solar-Powered Homes


COUNTY: Gaithersburg has been nationally recognized by LendEDU for having one of the highest percentages of solar-powered homes in the U.S. This organization licensed the most up-to-date housing data from GreatData (who derives their dataset from the U.S. Census) for over 25,000 American cities. Each city was ranked according to its percentage of solar-powered homes relative to its total number of homes. Specifically, Gaithersburg has 104 solar-powered homes out of 50,686 total housing units, which means 0.21% of the homes in Gaithersburg are solar-powered and eco-friendlier. The high percentage in Gaithersburg ranked #1,339 in the country and #63 in the state of Maryland. Residents of Gaithersburg should be proud of this accomplishment!

Need Low Cost Internet Service?


COUNTY: MontgomeryConnects is a new, free Montgomery County program to help every household get connected to the Internet at home. The goal is to provide tech support for seniors and increasing home Internet connectivity for low-income households. This special program was designed to ensure every person has the training and confidence to use technology for daily living and to enable them to fully participate in the digital economy. Through August 28, one-on-one tech support appointments are available for seniors and low-income families in 12 languages between 10 am and 2:15 pm Monday through Friday, conducted by video Zoom or telephone. To access the program and request an appointment, click here or call 311. More

Potomac Edison Electric Vehicle Rebates

EV charging

STATE: EV Driven by Potomac Edison supports a state-wide effort toward reaching 300,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. Making electric vehicle adoption more accessible, convenient and affordable in Maryland through an enhanced public charging network, $300 residential rebates and $5,000 multifamily rebates. Find out more here.

My Green Montgomery Green Jobs Board

My Green Montgomery

The My Green Montgomery Green Jobs Board will help you find green jobs in our region.  We post jobs for free, if they:

  • are green jobs (focused on energy, sustainability, water, trees, community greening, environmental ed, etc.)
  • based in the DC or Baltimore regions. Jobs in Montgomery County or easy for our residents to commute to work!

We pre-approve each job before posting, but we do not guarantee the length of time jobs will be posted. To look for new job opportunities, click here.

Energy News Roundup


The Montgomery County Energy Team receives tons of newsletters and articles every day, and these are a few articles that we wanted to share this month. These articles range from county, state, national and international stories, we hope you find them as interesting as we did.

Clean Energy: This energy plan, which carries a price tag of $2 trillion, would eliminate carbon emissions from the electric sector by 2035, impose stricter gas mileage standards, fund investments to weatherize millions of homes and commercial buildings, and upgrade the nation’s transportation system, www.washingtonpost.com

Coal: Replacing coal with clean energy can potentially save electricity customers around the world $141 billion by 2025, www.economictimes.com

Efficiency Upgrades: A good first step before undertaking significant energy-saving upgrades always has been getting an expert assessment of the efficiency of your home and its systems since those aren’t available, here are some suggestions of work you can do now, www.energyefficiencyday.org

Electrification: It’s possible to eliminate 70 percent to 80 percent of US carbon emissions by 2035 through rapid deployment of existing electrification technologies, with little-to-no carbon capture and sequestration, www.vox.com

Electric Vehicles: The price of an all-electric vehicle will fall far enough to equal the cost of an equivalent gasoline vehicle, maybe by 2023, probably by 2024 and almost definitely by 2025, www.insideclimatenews.org

Emissions: According to a new report from the World Resources Institute, an international research organization, 41 states managed to cut their carbon emissions between 2005 and 2017, even as their economies grew. The states leading the charge might not be the ones you expect, www.grist.org

EV Charging Stations: Giant Food has begun installing free electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in tandem with EV charging network Volta in its Mid-Atlantic market area and plans to deploy them across its store base, www.supermarketnews.com

Hydropower: The world’s most relied-upon renewable energy source isn’t wind or sunlight, but water. Last year, the world’s hydropower capacity reached a record 1,308 gigawatts (to put this number in perspective, just one gigawatt is equivalent to the power produced by 1.3 million race horses or 2,000 speeding Corvettes), www.bbc.com

Manure: Farmers and utilities are burning methane for energy — and curtailing a powerful greenhouse gas in the process, www.washingtonpost.com

Post Pandemic World: Terreform ONE is working to have visionary architects and artists create artistically interpretative solutions and prototypes for survival shelter in a warming world, www.greenbiz.com

Solar Car Wash: Valley Car Wash uses water, but it also uses the sun. The solar array went into operation in April and is expected to pay for itself in five years. The installation cost about $176,000, with roughly 25% covered by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The solar energy produced by the system provides about 35-38% of the electricity used at the car wash, www.winchesterstar.com

Utility Bills: People are struggling to pay their monthly bills, according to research from TransUnion. For most households across the U.S., personal finances are being unexpectedly strained as a result of the coronavirus health crisis, www.power-grid.com

Virtual Power Plant: A new project would create a collective power system that could improve grid reliability and reduce dependence on big utilities, www.insideclimatenews.org

Wind: AmericanWindWeek 2020: AWEA recognizes 16 wind champions for clean energy leadership and one of them is from Maryland, www.aweablog.org

Events: August & September 2020

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Yelp Solar Happy Hour with MISCellaneous Distillery
Monday, August 24th from 7:00 - 8:00 pm
In this event, three different signature locally distilled liquors are packaged in this KIT in addition to a sweet branded metal pint glass and a super handy solar charger! Make sure to check out the Yelp KIT event where we’ll be talking about all the benefits of solar in addition to how to make 2 delicious cocktails and all the ins and outs of this local Mt. Airy distiller.

August 25, 2020 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Remaining Green with DIY Energy Efficiency at Home

August 27, 2020 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Leaders in Energy 7th Annual Green Jobs Forum

August 28, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Share the Mic: Diversity in the Energy Field

September 1, 2020 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Senior Planet Montgomery Webinar: Make Energy Cents

September 3, 2020 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Senior Planet Montgomery Webinar: Pay Your Energy Bill Online

September 8, 2020 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Senior Planet Montgomery Webinar: Lighting and Smart Bulbs

September 10, 2020 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Senior Planet Montgomery Webinar: Smart Thermostat

September 15, 2020 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Senior Planet Montgomery Webinar: Tech and Energy

September 17, 2020 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Senior Planet Montgomery Webinar: SPECIAL PROGRAM with Larissa Johnson