The Countdown is on -- only 2 weeks left to join the Solar Co-op

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This monthly newsletter is a way to distribute and transmit all things energy-related to our community.

Montgomery Energy Connection is a network of County Government and community partners. Created to provide customized education on the benefits of energy efficiency, availability of programs, and opportunities for assistance.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 | Montgomery Energy Connection

2 weeks

2 Weeks Left to Join the ☀ Co-op

RESIDENTIAL: We are two weeks away from the close of Round 2 of the Capital Area Solar Co-op - in Maryland, 223 of your neighbors have joined the co-op at no cost and have received information on how they can install solar panels on their roof. Don’t you want to join them? There is one more virtual information session happening this month so make sure you mark your calendar for Thursday, August 18th at 12:00 pm and find out how to go solar today!

Exciting New Study to Reduce Air Leaks


RESIDENTIAL/CONTRACTOR: The Department of Energy is looking for contractors and homeowners to participate in an exciting new study. If you are in MD, NC, TN, OH, or NJ you may qualify. So, if you participate,  you could get your home insulated and air sealed for FREE!

There are benefits for participating contractors too. Pay for additional work, exposure to some of our nation’s top building scientist and testimonials about your participation in this great study

EV Charging for Condos, Co-ops and Townhomes


RESIDENTIAL: Charging at home is one of the biggest benefits of driving electric, making it an important asset for condos, co-ops, and townhomes. Multiple communities across the county have installed charging or begun exploring the process. DEP is hosting a webinar in collaboration with the Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC), Department of Permitting Services, Pepco, and Montgomery County Green Bank to answer key questions about installing charging. The webinar will be held on two dates:  Tuesday, September 6, 2022 from 6-8pm and Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 10am-12pm. Click here to register. 

6 Years of Senior Planet in Montgomery


COUNTY: On June 17, 2022, Senior Planet in Montgomery County gathered at the Silver Spring Civic Building to reflect on its growth and celebrate with its dedicated community of seniors. As part of the event, participants shared their experiences with Senior Planet’s programs. Montgomery Energy Connection was also present performing a lightbulb exchange and sharing tips to save money and energy in the county. Since partnering with Montgomery Energy Connection in 2020, Senior Planet in Montgomery has had the privilege of serving over 1,600 participants virtually and in-person in over 100 programs. 

Become a Fall Climate Intern!


COUNTY: Montgomery County is seeking climate interns to participate in the County’s climate team. This is a competitive internship for qualified students and recent graduates with diverse backgrounds who have strong experience, education, or interest, in climate, sustainability, racial equity, and clean and renewable energy policy, APPLY HERE by August 29, 2022.

Job Board

Current Jobs

The My Green Montgomery Green Jobs Board will help you find green jobs in our region.  We post jobs for free that are green jobs (focused on energy, sustainability, water, trees, community greening, environmental education, etc.) and 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.

DEP is hiring a Program Manager (Building Data Analytics) to provide day-to-day organization, compliance reporting, data analysis, and technical assistance for key programs related to energy use in commercial and multifamily buildings, primarily the County’s Benchmarking Law and related commercial building energy performance programs.

The recruitment closes September 1, 2022. Read the full job description and learn how to apply to come work with us today! 

Energy News

The News Roundup

Energy is all around us and there is a lot happening in the world. We have compiled some interesting stories and articles to share with you. These stories will LINK you to what energy stories are happening in the world.

Electric and Solar Vehicles: The Sion, a new electric car from the Germany-based startup Sono Motors, has solar cells covering the doors, hood, roof, and the rest of the surface—456 solar half-cells, to be exact, when it’s parked on the street, the car can help charge itself,

Floating Solar: One of the Southeast’s largest floating solar plants will be producing power soon at the U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg in North Carolina after a utility energy service contract was signed with Duke Energy and its prime contractor Ameresco,

Green Energy at Home: For those who have some time and money to invest, installing one or more of these six green energy systems can yield bigger, longer-term savings while doing more to protect the environment,

Inflation Reduction Act: The legislative package includes a number of housing-related provisions that, when taken together, can help make homes and communities more green, more affordable, and more climate resilient for the future,

Solar Powered Car: Bilal Ahmed, a math teacher from Srinagar in Kashmir, as gone viral for his creation of a solar-powered car, a solo project 11 years in the making,

Water Battery: New pumped storage hydropower facility Nant de Drance uses state-of-the-art technology to store renewable energy for on-demand use,

upcoming events

Watts Up?

Thursday, August 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Capital Area Solar Co-op Round 2: Maryland Virtual Informational Session

Friday, August 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
ng from a Green Home to a Smart Home

Tuesday, August 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Capital Area Solar Co-op Round 2: Virginia Virtual Informational Session

Friday, August 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Smart Thermostats