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Up Your Green Know-how At Free Clean Energy Exhibition Monday

Up Your Green Know-how At Free Clean Energy Exhibition Monday

Thought leaders from industry, academia and government will come together on Monday, October 4th at the Hilton Inner Harbor in Baltimore to focus on job creation and business development opportunities inherent in addressing the climate change challenge.

The conference requires registration and $250, but a consumer trade exhibit that coincides with the summit will be free and open to the public from 9:00am – 9:00pm. The trade exhibition will have information on technologies such as wind and solar renewable energies, alternative fuels and biomass and smart energy consumption.

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For more information about the summit, CLICK HERE.



Could Baltimore Become A Solar City?

Could Baltimore Become A Solar City?

There have been some interesting indications this past week suggesting that Baltimore may be on the verge of a solar boom.  For one, Constellation Energy announced that it is interested in supporting solar development and “has committed to expanding solar project development over the next several years…with a focus on projects in Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and California where solar incentives and credits make development particularly attractive for customers financially”.

Additionally Meredith Cohn, of the Baltimore Sun, writes on the Bmore Green Blog that “legislators and business people plan to show their support for three solar related bills being considered by the General Assembly”.  Cohn sites International Center for Sustainable Development who “shows the state gets about 196,000 gigawatt-hours of solar energy on a sunny summer day. That’s more than what’s produced at the state’s mostly coal-fired power plants here in a year”.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about tax credits and funding for solar panels in Maryland, CLICK HERE.



There Has Never Been A Better Time To Buy Solar Panels In Baltimore

Opportunities For Funding Of Residential Solar Panels Extended

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Federal Tax Credit

From Energystar.gov, Tax Credits for Consumers For Solar Panels:

  • Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost, with no upper limit.
  • Must have a Manufacturer Certification Statement to qualify.
  • Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement.
  • Must be placed in service before December 31, 2016.

Maryland Funding Opportunities

From the Maryland Energy Administration:

  • Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has reopened the Solar Energy Grant Program as result of funds made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
  • Also available from the state of Maryland are Solar-Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs).  Maryland residents and businesses who have installed a PV system can also earn and sell Solar Renewable Energy Credits to help offset the cost of their system.

Before You Begin

Upcoming Solar Workshop:

Introduction to Solar Energy Systems
Thursday, November 19th, 2009, 6 – 8:30 PM, Mill Valley Garden Center & Farmer’s Market

JEFF BLANKMAN of Sunnyside Solar will answer your questions on
practical aspects of getting started with photovoltaic or solar thermal systems in the home or office. He is also an expert in energy efficiency analysis.

CHERYL WADE, solar energy advocate and co-owner, Mill Valley Garden Center & Farmer’s Market (and home to Baltimore Biodiesel) will discuss opportunities and barriers with net metering: selling excess energy back to the grid.

Q & A. Light fare. Free of charge.
$5 optional contribution appreciated.

Sponsored by the Baltimore Climate Action Network: www.baltimoreclimate.org.
RSVP appreciated but not required:
mail@baltimoreclimate.org or 410-812-1447.