Clean Energy Week 2021

August 1, 2021
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Holiday Park Senior Center

National Clean Energy Week is a celebration of the policies, industries, and innovations that power our daily lives while producing no or very little greenhouse gas emissions. Despite the very real technological and political challenges, a clean energy future is in our reach, and America is ready to lead the way.

Montgomery County will proclaim September 20-24, 2021 as Clean Energy Week as we seek to be a leader in development of clean energy resources, which decrease air pollution, support good paying jobs, and reduce dependence on foreign fuel imports and clean energy resources are critical to improving air quality, protecting the health of residents, and helping to reduce our carbon footprint and address climate change—the most important environmental threat confronting the world. Montgomery County released the Climate Action Plan in June 2021 which a strategic roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related risks to the County’s residents, businesses, & the built and natural environment.

The electricity sector accounted for 30% of 2018 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Montgomery County. By 2030, 100% of the electricity used in the County must be generated from carbon-free sources in order to support building and transportation emissions reductions and meet the County’s overarching goal to reduce GHG emissions 80% by 2027 and 100% by 2035; and the majority of building and transportation actions depend on removing fossil-fuel energy sources and electrifying processes throughout the County; and together we can continue to contribute to our sustainability efforts by learning more about clean energy and practicing smarter energy use in our daily lives.

Join us at a Light Bulb Exchange 

As part of Clean Energy Week 2021, the Lighten Up lemonade stand will be at various locations throughout the County. All of these locations support clean energy in some way.

Monday, September 20, 2021 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Holiday Park Senior Center, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Wheaton

Holiday Park Senior Center has a solar installation car canopy system. Not only does it generate clean, low-cost energy, it also provides shade and weather protection for County residents using the facility.  This system has 1376 solar panels installed and provides 440,520 kilowatt hours annually. That is the equivalent of powering 35 homes, keeping 70 cars off the road, and planting 8,496 trees.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase

The Jane Lawton Recreation Center is a place where neighbors gather for social activities, sports, and fun. This is the first recreation center in the County to go solar. The rooftop solar panels generate clean energy, save the County money, and provide a great example to the community. This system has 134 solar panels installed and provides 42,919 kilowatt hours annually. That is the equivalent of powering 3 homes,  keeping 7 cars off the road, and planting 828 trees.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Mid-County DHHS Building, 1301 Piccard Dr., Rockville, MD 20850

The Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) is housed within the Mid-County Department of Health and Human Services Building. This building is host to electric vehicle charging stations. They are from I have from Chargepoint. On any given day, the County is charging one of their many Chevy Bolts into the charging stations. These electric cars can drive for about 250 miles per charge. These electric vehicles reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions—and noise pollution—added to the environment.

OHEP provides bill assistance to low-income households in the State of Maryland to make their energy costs more affordable and to help with the prevention of loss and the restoration of home energy service. For these events, we will be providing residents with Home Comfort Kits in addition to the light bulb exchange. 

Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave.
Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg Library has solar panels on roof that provide clean, low cost energy and an excellent educational opportunity for County residents. Library visitors interested in learning more about solar panels can take out books and other learning materials, in addition to accessing information through signage and public programming. This system has 720 solar panels installed and provides 271,234 kilowatt hours annually. That is the equivalent of powering 22 homes,  keeping 43 cars off the road, and planting 5,231 trees.

Friday, September 24, 2021 from 9:00 am – 12:00 am at Mid-County DHHS Building, 1301 Piccard Dr., Rockville, MD 20850

The Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) is housed within the Mid-County Department of Health and Human Services Building. This building is host to electric vehicle charging stations. They are from I have from Chargepoint. On any given day, the County is charging one of their many Chevy Bolts into the charging stations. These electric cars can drive for about 250 miles per charge. These electric vehicles reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions—and noise pollution—added to the environment.

OHEP provides bill assistance to low-income households in the State of Maryland to make their energy costs more affordable and to help with the prevention of loss and the restoration of home energy service. For these events, we will be providing residents with Home Comfort Kits in addition to the light bulb exchange. 



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