Another successful Montgomery County Energy Summit on the books

Energy Summit
April 22, 2016
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This annual event, focused on commercial energy efficiency, had the greatest attendance to date.

On Tuesday, April 5th, 187 attendees convened for the third annual Montgomery County Energy Summit. Hosted by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Green Building Council – National Capital Region’s Montgomery County Branch, this event featured Montgomery County’s launch of the Commercial PACE Program, the County’s new Green Bank, energy audits, commissioning, solar energy technology, and green building codes in Montgomery County.

USGBC-NCR and DEP were pleased to host the event at the County’s Silver Spring Civic Building, a green, centrally located community center in Downtown Silver Spring that recently installed 128 solar panels that will produce more than 49,0000 kWh of renewable electricity each year.


Image of exterior of the Silver Spring Civic Building

Silver Spring Civic Building


To kick off the Summit, Councilmembers Berliner and Hucker, DEP Director Lisa Feldt, and Therrien Waddell’s VP of Business Development Dan Coffey made opening remarks, highlighting the many initiatives that make Montgomery County a sustainable leader in the nation.


Councilmember Roger Berliner gives opening remarks to a packed house

Councilmember Roger Berliner gives Energy Summit opening remarks.


The Summit featured two breakout session tracks: technical commercial building interests and elements of commercial PACE financing. The technical commercial building session tracks took a deep dive into all facets of commercial building operations: the ins and outs of energy and commissioning audits, a comparison of green building codes, how the County will implement the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and an update on solar energy technology project purchasing types, including leasing and community solar models. Thanks to NIKA, Sol Vista, Boland, Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Therrien Waddell, SolarCity, Ballard Spahr, Montgomery County Department of General Services, and USGBC for participating and moderating these interesting and informative breakout sessions.

The commercial PACE financing breakout sessions included an overview of PACE financing and in-depth trainings sessions for lenders and contractors, including the tools needed to help building owners with new commercial PACE projects. Thanks to PACE Financial Servicing (PFS), Greenworks Lending, Urban Ingenuity, and Utility Systems C&E LLC for participating in these breakout sessions.

The Summit concluded with a panel of local businesses and stakeholders who have completed successful commercial PACE projects. Their insight into PACE financing from first-hand experience was invaluable, and the audience will be able to take their lessons learned and best practices and apply it to their own PACE projects in Montgomery County. Special thanks to United Bank, Kenergy, and Greenworks Lending for sharing their thoughts (and DEP for introductions and moderating).


Panel of speakers

Experiences with PACE Panel. Pictured from left to right: Ken Stadlin (Kenergy); Andrew Zech (Greenworks Lending); Tom Nida (United Bank); Michelle Vigen (DEP).


Following the Summit, DEP, USGBC, and EPA’s ENERGY STAR program offered a Benchmarking Jam workshop to help community and faith based organizations and affordable housing developments learn about the Portfolio Manager tool and benchmark their building energy use. This hands-on workshop walked these organizations through the process of measuring, monitoring, and managing your facilities energy and water performance. Thank you to our Benchmarking Ambassadors for volunteering! If you missed the Benchmarking Jam, but still need help benchmarking, contact us.

In addition to our moderators and panelists, the Summit benefited from nearly a dozen sponsors who made the day possible. Visit the USGBC website to see the list of sponsors, schedule, and other materials from the day.

Thank you to everyone who made the Energy Summit a success! To keep up-to-date on the latest energy-related information from DEP, subscribe to the Montgomery County Energy News. See more photos from the Summit below and on DEP’s Flickr album:


Man stands in front of group, giving a presentation

Bracken Hendricks, Urban Ingenuity presenting during the PACE, from Start to Finish breakout session.


Photo on left shows men talking and lauging, photo on right shows two men conversing in front of large sign that reads "BOLAND"

Networking with sponsors in the Exhibit Hall.


Photo on the left shows a woman speaking at a podium, photo on the right shows a man speaking into a microphone

DEP Director Lisa Feldt and Councilmember Hucker give opening remarks to kick off the Energy Summit.


Men and women sit in a room, listening to a presenter

Participants of the Energy and Commissioning Audits breakout session.


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