Tag Archive: renewable energy

What is Montgomery Energy Connection?

For the last few years, the Department of Environmental Protection has been working with Health and Human Services and other community partners to launch Montgomery Energy Connection. Montgomery Energy Connection is a collection of trusted and unbiased information, a central hub for energy resources, and an outreach network that provides all residents with user-friendly, energy-saving resources that will improve

Check out the Energy Roadshow!

The Energy Roadshow is your one stop event for all things energy related in the County. It is an open house setting and residents will be encouraged to come and go as they please. There will be informational booths and scheduled 15 minute presentations that we would like you to participate in! Unfortunately, the Roadshow

Solar Co-op Informational Session

Join us this year for the 3rd Montgomery County Solar Co-op. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to switch to clean energy, meet other residents who are also interested in investing in solar, and reduce your electricity bills tremendously! This year’s Solar Co-op is a collaborative effort between Montgomery County’s Department of

Buying green electricity for your home

An important way to combat climate change is to switch our electricity supply to “green” electricity (generated from wind- and solar-powered sources, both of which do not emit carbon dioxide). Electricity generation is the single largest source of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. Electricity sold by Pepco in Maryland in 2018 was generated mostly by coal

Solar Co-op installer selected!

The LOWEST BID ever!!!  The Montgomery County Solar Co-op is excited to announce that Solar Energy World has been officially selected as the co-op’s installer. The co-op used a competitive bidding process to solicit bids from area installers. A selection committee made up of co-op participants then met to review the proposals and select the

DEP and DGS Partner to Teach Students about Solar Energy

Montgomery County’s Departments of General Services (DGS) and Environmental Protection (DEP) are partnering to educate school children about the importance of solar and other forms of renewable energy.  Shifting energy use to renewable energy, in concert with energy efficiency, is essential to reducing the impacts of a changing climate.    Leading by example, Montgomery County Government
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Third time is a charm! Join the Third Countywide Solar Co-op today!

Join us this year for the 3rd Montgomery County Solar Co-op. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to switch to clean energy, meet other residents who are also interested in investing in solar, and reduce your electricity bills tremendously! This year’s Solar Co-op is a collaborative effort between Montgomery County’s Department of

DEP Travel Diaries: Energized in Costa Rica

In January 2019, our Residential Energy Program Manager, Larissa Johnson spent 15 days in Costa Rica, a country that (while she was there) was running on 100% Renewable Energy! Find out more about her adventures in our second ever DEP Travel Diaries. The Decision So one of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 is to

Community Solar is now available for Marylanders

Montgomery County residents finally have the chance to take part in the new Maryland community solar program and be part of the newest, most innovative solar industry development. Community solar was initially authorized by legislation in 2015, and it took several years for projects to become available. It’s a great way for people to support
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DYK: You can choose your energy supplier in Maryland?

It is very common for Montgomery County residents to think that their only choices for an energy supplier are Pepco, Potomac Edison, or BGE. In reality you have many more options and freedom of choice. The state of Maryland began offering their residents the power to choose their own electricity provider in 1999. With this
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Celebrating the success of the first Countywide solar co-op

In MD SUN‘s first attempt at creating a county-wide solar co-op, the Montgomery County Solar Co-op made history. It is the largest single co-op in the Community Power Network! Congratulations to the 90 people who joined the Co-op, MD Sun and all the partners!   Meet with Co-Op Team The Montgomery County Solar Co-op kicked off
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Solar energy technology, demystified

DEP’s Energy Intern Miles Braxton dives into the nuts and bolts about how solar photovoltaic (PV) panels collect energy from the sun and convert it to electricity.   Why renewables? Renewable energy has been gaining traction in recent years because more and more people are seeing the environmental impacts of using fossil fuels like coal
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In Maryland, switching to green power is like flipping a switch

The idea—use green energy—is simple. The process is a little more complex. But it’s not as hard as it might seem. There are plenty of resources—all of them free of charge or close to it—that can guide Montgomery County residents through a switch from dirty power to clean power in their home or business. You
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Want to go solar? One resident examines the options

On February 15th, 2016, fellow co-op members Thomas Wellems and Marilyn Powell (pictured in the image above) became the 27th household of the Rockville Solar Co-op to see electricity generated from the sun via rooftop solar panels powering their home. Since then 10 members have also been connected, and others are in the queue for panel installation and grid hookup.