Small Business Kilowatt Smackdown!

October 8, 2015
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Through November 18th, the City of Takoma Park is offering a student competition open to all local college and university students in and around Montgomery County.  The students who complete the most energy assessments for businesses in Takoma Park can win weekly green prizes, internship opportunities, and a grand prize scholarship.  Download the Kilowatt Smackdown Flyer.


What is the Kilowatt Smackdown?

With the support of the City of Takoma Park, the Green Impact Campaign (GIC) and Nextility, two DC-based energy organizations, are coordinating a community initiative to help Takoma Park small businesses save money on energy while reducing their environmental impact.

The effort — Kilowatt Smackdown — will include a community-wide competition between student groups from local universities and colleges to complete free energy assessments for Takoma Park-based businesses from October 3 to November 18. The outcome will be custom, actionable plans to save money and energy for each business.

Over the remainder of the year, Kilowatt Smackdown partners will help small businesses with resources to complete these low- to no-cost recommendations, aid businesses in choosing a lower-cost, green energy supplier, and determine if their buildings are suitable for free solar energy systems. Businesses will also be connected to state and local rebate programs, and to the Montgomery County Green Business Certification program for further assistance and help for deeper energy savings.

Green Impact Campaign and Nextility will train students to conduct energy assessments using their various assessment tools.

Kilowatt Smackdown Logo


Student Prizes

The top three students that complete the most energy assessments during the competition period will be awarded the following scholarships, presented by the City of Takoma Park:

  • 1st place – $3,000
  • 2nd place – $1,500
  • 3rd place – $500


Top performing students will be given the opportunity for an informational interview or paid internship at the following organizations:

  • City of Takoma Park – Sustainability Programs (2-paid winter internship positions)
  • Nextility (informational interview)
  • AtSite (informational interview)
  • Community Power Network (informational interview)


Throughout the competition, students will be able to win small and large weekly “PowerUp Prizes” provided by sponsoring local businesses, which may include:

  • Gift cards to local restaurants
  • “Green” resume writing workshop presented by 20 Minute Resume
  • Tickets to sporting and music events
  • And more!


To participate as a student competitor, or to sign your Takoma Park small business up for the free energy assessment and help a local student, go to or contact Takoma Park City Sustainability Manager Gina Mathias at

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