Author: MCGB Staff      10/26/2021   MCGB

Take a Look at the 2021 Green Bank:
A lot of New Offerings! 

In 2020, we worked diligently to add more products to our portfolio to make available to the market. If you have not looked recently, we are a lot different than we were in 2020.For homeowners we offer the Clean Energy Advantage (CEA) program for both energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy installations.  

For commercial, multifamily, nonprofits, and institutions we offer the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE), Commercial Loan for Energy Efficiency and RenewablesSmall Business Energy Savings Support, the Commercial Solar Power Purchase Agreement (CSPPA), and we can do flexible debt financing where gaps exist for projects.  A couple of recent projects include the Olney Ale House and the Clarksburg Condo EV chargers.

For renters and homeowners we support community solar programs to help provide solar opportunities for those who are unable directly access solar.  We launched the first community solar and LMI project in the County at Paddington Square.  

As the first local green bank in the country we are dedicated to accelerating affordable energy efficiency and clean energy investment in Montgomery County and supporting the County’s goals as outlined in the Climate Action Plan. To date, the Green Bank has funded $3 million projects, leveraged $16 million in agreements and currently has $22 million projects in the pipeline.

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Energy Awareness Month: October 2021

During National Energy Awareness Month, we recognize the importance of creating a more sustainable future and the vital role we all must play in fostering a more resilient economy. The Green Bank assists with providing better access to clean energy projects for Montgomery County residents and businesses by leveraging funding with partners. Visit our website for resources and more information on clean energy programs.
Learn More About The Green Bank’s Programs
November Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Teleconference The Montgomery County Green Bank will be holding a Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. EST. The public is permitted to attend this meeting. Please RSVP to attend and receive the teleconference information. View the meeting agenda by clicking here. 
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The Green Bank is committed to connecting with current and potential partners. See below for more information on the most recent networking events hosted by the Green Bank.

Virtual Contractor Breakfast Series

Virtual C&I Contractor Breakfast on Expanding the Market for Energy Performance Contractors
On September 14, the Green Bank hosted a virtual C&I contractor breakfast with ICF for a discussion on how to increase customer acquisition and grow business. The Green Bank’s new Director of Commercial Business, Rokas Beresniovas, and Sandy Barrier of ICF addressed how financing and incentives can help advance your business. The webinar provided important program updates and more information on how the Green Bank and ICF can assist with customer acquisition.Upcoming Solar Contractor Breakfast on Expanding the Solar PV Market
The next event in the Contractor Breakfast series will be held on Wednesday, November 3 at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will focus on expanding the solar PV market and panelists will speak about market updates, market forecasts, and the possibilities for virtual CREF in Maryland.Be on the lookout for an event invite!

Contact us for more information or to be added to the attendee list.

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Green Bank Hosts C&I Meeting
with United Therapeutics and Greater Silver Spring Chamber

The Green Bank and its partners held a successful event for C&I business hosted by United Therapeutics and Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce. We spoke with commercial real estate owners and contractors about improving energy utilization and operations in commercial buildings. The event provided a roadmap for sustainable practices, community relations and meeting Montgomery County’s nationally leading clean energy goals.
Learn More About Commercial Programs
The Green Bank is working diligently to bring public awareness to our green energy initiatives. See below for more information on recent interviews. 
New Blog Talk Radio Podcast Interview
Showcases the Green Bank’s Recent Projects

Green Bank’s CEO Tom Deyo talked with host, Ronald Bethea, of the “Solar Now and the Future with its Economic Impact on Black America” Blog Talk Radio podcast about recent Green Bank projects and goals to provide affordable green energy options for low and moderate income households.This podcast serves as a national platform for Black American consumers that will be affected by federal, state, and municipal mandates requiring twenty percent of residential home owners in Washington, D.C. and Maryland to install solar panels by year 2032.

Listen to the Podcast
Green Bank Initiatives Highlighted in
Studio 501c3 Interview

In this episode of Studio 501c3, Green Bank’s CEO Tom Deyo talks with host, Kim Jones, about the history of the Green Bank and it’s mission to accelerate affordable energy efficiency and clean energy investment in Montgomery County. Tom highlighted the Clean Energy Advantage Program and how it provides county homeowners with access to knowledge, contractors and financing for clean energy improvements.Studio 501c3 focuses on the nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County working to build supportive communities every day.

Watch the Interview
Solar Home Energy Hacks

These newly released videos provide tips and answers to the top questions that homeowners ask about solar. Larissa Johnson, Residential Energy Program Manager for Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection provides more insight on the benefits of using solar energy in her home. Larissa had solar panels installed on her home through the Green Bank’s Clean Energy Advantage (CEA) program.

Please use these videos and other resources to help educate homeowners on renewable energy:

Learn More About the CEA Program

Join Montgomery County’s Climate Team 

As part of the FY22 County Budget, the Montgomery County Climate Team will be adding new positions. The Climate Team is currently accepting applications for the Program Manager I Climate Engagement position. All applications are due by October 27.
View Job Descriptions and Apply
Online Resources and Events

Take advantage of these resources and webinars while staying-at-home:

October 19-27, 2021: ACEEE National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is holding its biennial conference on policies and programs to reduce customers’ energy waste and help utilities meet grid demand for electricity.

Clean Energy Solutions Webinar Archive
View the library of Clean Energy Solutions webinars for topics ranging from home appliance efficiency and benchmarking to breakthrough information on achieving energy savings.

New Buildings Institute Webinar Archive
View NBI’s archive of on-demand webinar recordings on topics including codes and policies to advance net zero to zero net carbon schools.

ENERGY STAR Recorded Webinars and Online Contractor Trainings
Learn about the latest ENERGY STAR residential programs about advanced energy efficiency in homes, or revisit your contractor trainings for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR to refresh requirements, objectives, and strategies.

Home Energy Score Training Webinars
Brush up on your Home Energy Score understanding with these webinars from the U.S. DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge.

Contact us with any questions or project needs.