MEA Game Changer Grant

Maryland Goes Green a division of LCPF (Land & Cultural Preservation Fund) was recently awarded a Maryland Energy Administration “Game Changer” grant for “Community-Scale Wind Project Assessments” to develop community-scale wind projects. Up to five sites will be identified, resulting in the deployment of several Megawatts (MW) of new community wind generation. The experiences of […]

2012 Maryland Solar Tour

The first weekend in October will be the 3rd annual Maryland Tour of Solar & Green homes. This year we have 36 homes on the tour… including my home! The homes are open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on either Saturday (10/6) or Sunday (10/7). Printed copies of the tour booklet are available at several locations for only […]

To “Frack” or not…

When you flip a switch, do you care where your electricity comes from? Most of us do not care… as long as the lights stay on and the beer remains chilled. Delivering electricity to our homes is a magical process employing “tubes and wires” and things that are beyond our comprehension. Until we learn to […]

Make power with Home Power…

Home Power, my favorite magazine just arrived. It is the only non-digital publication that I receive. For a little over $2 per issue this magazine covers various energy topics: solar, wind, PV systems, electric vehicles, batteries, hydrogen, domestic solar hot water, etc… everything to keep an energy geek occupied for hours. The publishers, Richard and Karen Perez started Home […]

Solar Leasing Arrives In Maryland

After continued success on the West Coast, major solar lease companies establish their roots in Maryland during 2011. The residential solar lease has arrived in Maryland! With a mandatory Renewable Portfolio in place and higher than average electricity rates due to natural gas generation, Maryland was a prime target for the expansion of the residential […]

What’s a SREC?

A Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) is a tradable commodity representing the non-polluting value of 1,000-kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity produced by a solar electric system. The SREC is separate from the value of the electricity itself and permits the owner or purchaser to claim the benefits of the clean energy production by effectively subsidizing […]

Thurmont Bungalow Gets Green Remodel

In Thurmont, Maryland Denis and Brienne Superczynski have been working quietly for years on a remodel of their three bedroom home. The couple purchased the 1950’s bungalow style home in 2005. The house is located in a quiet neighborhood in Thurmont Maryland. They gained 75% more space and, taking advantage of state and federal incentives, […]

Got Wind? Add a Little Technology… and You’ll Have Power!

In the countryside of Dickerson, Maryland there are almost as many wind turbines as there are horses. With 10 wind turbines generating about 36 kilowatts, Dr. Carlos Fernandez-Bueno’s farm might be the template for the Frederick County of the twenty first century. His company, Potomac Wind Energy, sells, installs and services wind turbines for residential, […]