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Department of General Services, Office of Energy and Sustainability

Solar and Advanced Energy Initiative

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Sloar initiative opening ceremory
 

Montgomery County is accelerating a clean energy economy by installing solar photovoltaic and other advanced distributed energy systems across its facilities. Clean and advanced energy systems help maintain a healthy and sustainable community, including:

  • Cleaner air
  • Fewer greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improved utility grid resiliency
  • Job creation and opportunities for local businesses
  • Reduced energy costs

Expanding clean and distributed sources of energy was highlighted as a priority in the County’s 2009 Climate Protection Plan.

In the first phase of this initiative, the County will install 6 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic systems, enough to power over 900 single family homes. This includes 14 solar photovoltaic systems across 11 facilities. To take a virtual tour see our map or view a list. The County is leading by example by installing solar in a wide variety of facilities, including libraries, recreation centers, and childcare centers. This large scale effort will emphasize the County’s commitment to clean energy and encourage adoption by residents and businesses. Projects include facilities occupied by the Departments of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Environmental Protection, Fire and Rescue, Health and Human Services, Police, Liquor Control and Transportation, Libraries, Recreation, and more. The County is evaluating additional facilities and plans to increase the use of solar on County facilities and property.

In the majority of the County’s solar projects, the County partners with the private sector to develop systems on County facilities. The County provides access to its properties and an agreement to purchase energy from private sector partner. The private sector partner designs, finances, builds, owns, and maintains the systems for its service life. The County receives electricity at a low rate with no capital investment, and the partner can leverage federal tax incentives to defray the costs of the equipment.

The County is actively pursuing other clean and distributed energy sources such as combined heat and power (CHP) and microgrids, which combine a number of on-site electricity generators into a seamless system.