Montgomery County’s Department of General Services has been awarded an inaugural Resilient Maryland pilot grant of $100,000 dollars from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) to explore project designs, and identify the best option to pursue a new microgrid.
Montgomery County Government has identified seven critical County buildings in the downtown Rockville core, which provide essential government services and present a prime opportunity for the implementation of a community-scale microgrid that provides numerous benefits including resiliency, cleaner energy, and operational cost improvements.
This additional microgrid will help the County to better reach the goal of 100 percent greenhouse gas emission reduction by 2035. Montgomery County was an early adopter of microgrid technology in Maryland at its Public Safety Headquarters, which received grants for the solar PV and combined heat and power (CHP) components from MEA in prior program years.
“The Resilient Maryland grant will help our Department of General Services continue to aggressively work to build and expand projects that generate clean energy and advance environmental sustainability,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. This will be another important step to help us achieve our ambitious, but critical, goal of eliminating greenhouse emissions by 2035.”
“Maryland’s clean energy future needs to move forward and Resilient Maryland encourages this progress by providing vital funding to kick-start customized projects,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Our push for clean energy ensures a more environmentally sustainable, more resilient and more prosperous Maryland.”