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 Green Bank Advantage: April 2020

Volume 1: Issue 2

Here's the latest news:

  1. A Partner in Resiliency: Send us your ideas.
  2. Welcome to our new Clean Energy Advantage Participating Contractors
  3. Small Business COVID-19 Resources - County Program Opens this week
  4. Adapting Your Business to the Current Covid Crisis Needs
  5. "Stay-At-Home" Energy Hacks Quick Videos
  6. Celebrate Earth Day Online!
  7. Montgomery County Energy Summit Postponed to November
  8. Online Trainings
  9. Contractor Resources


A Partner in Resiliency - Send us Your Ideas

 
As our community takes all necessary measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, we here at the MC Green Bank want to take this time to wish all our partners and community members continued health and safety. As many organizations are doing, we are temporarily working remotely. So, while we are not physically in the office, we are still operating and here to support you and answer your questions.
 
Though the current situation is creating a great deal of uncertainty for many (see ACEEE report on impacts to the energy efficiency industry), we want to emphasize that we intend to remain a partner to you and your work in any way we can. A core and steadfast aspect of our mission is resiliency. It is during these disruptive and uncertain times that we envisioned the Green Bank can be a stabilizing force, a source for rebuilding, and a model for how our communities can recover and grow in a sustainable and resilient manner.

 
Send us your ideas: We have been speaking with many of you and we hear that there is stress in your current work and your pipelines. We are gathering ideas of how the Green Bank could help now or be positioned to help you, your customers, and the market recover. 
 
If you have ideas, please send them our way. We are open to considering all of your ideas at this point. You may send ideas by email to info@mcgreenbank.org or give us a call at 240-453-9000.

Stay safe, be well, 

Tom Deyo

Welcome to Our New Clean Energy Advantage Participating Contractors

The Clean Energy Advantage Program (CEA) is a collaboration between community lenders and a network of Participating Contractors. We want to recognize and welcome our new Participating Contractors, bringing us to 7 contractors in our CEA network!

At Your Service Heating and Cooling



Tuckers Air Conditioning Heating & Plumbing

 
The CEA Program connects customers of Participating Contractors with preferred loan options for energy upgrades offered EXCLUSIVELY to Montgomery County homeowners through CEA’s lenders.   Homeowners can only access the lenders and their preferred rates for Montgomery County homeowners through Participating Contractors enrolled with the Montgomery County Green Bank.  Loans can cover up to $35,000 in energy improvements with terms out to 15 years, allowing deeper and more comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades.
 
 
Note: CEA Program participants must access the preferred rates through a Participating Contractor. The CEA Program will not be found on the lender’s websites.

Here are a few highlights about the CEA program: 

 
  • Financing is offered by two lenders with rates below conventional market terms.
  • NO lender fees. Lender fees can cost a contractor anywhere between 3% and 10% of a job. 
  • The only contractor cost is a $200 fee paid to The Green Bank for each funded loan. This covers admin costs of handling the loan process. There will be a small filing fee paid by the customer for secured loans. 
  • Below market rates from two lenders. Secured rates as low as 3.00%. Unsecured rates as low as 6.24%. 
  • Financing amounts range from $3,000 to $35,000. 
  • Simple contractor agreement with minimal requirements. 
  • Excellent Green Bank staff support for contractor's including individual and team training, plus ongoing support. 
  • Eligible work includes all utility-based HVAC and Home Performance measures as well as Solar, Geothermal, EV charging stations and energy storage. 
 
To learn more, visit the Green Bank's website: CEA Program.
 
If you are interested in becoming a Participating Contractors, please contact the Green Bank at contractors@mcgreenbank.org. 
 
 

Small Business Resources during COVID-19

 
We wanted to be sure you were aware of the following local, state, and federal resources available or in process at this time. We recommend checking out the Montgomery County Economic Development Authority COVID-19 resource site which has compiled all levels of resources for small businesses.

Local Resources:  Applications Open This Week
  • The Montgomery County Executive and County Council together have set aside $20 million in funding to support small businesses and nonprofits who are struggling to survive the economic impact of COVID-19. The program application will open this week and can be found on the County's website.
 
State Resources:

Federal Resources: 

Adapting Your Business to the Current Covid Crisis

 
Are you thinking of ways to adapt your business in order to get your teams back to work or grow your business? Check out this video from Retrotec on HVAC and COVID-19: An Education on the Indoor Air/Virus Relationship. This is a great summary of the science and technology needed to maintain a more healthy indoor air environment. 

"Stay-At-Home" Energy Hacks Quick Videos



 
We want to share a new partnership between the Montgomery Energy Connection, a program led by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the County Office of Broadband Programs via County Cable Montgomery.
 
This partnership is producing Home Energy Hacks – short, informative videos providing residents with quick and easy tips to lower energy use in their homes. The videos will be released on the 18th of each month on multiple social media platforms. You can see all videos on the Home Energy Hack YouTube page. Contractors are encouraged to use the Montgomery County Energy Connection and Home Energy Hacks videos to engage your customers!


Celebrate Earth Day Online: April 22

 
The Montgomery County Green Bank traditionally enjoys celebrating Earth Day with our counterparts at the Department of Environmental Protection. While, all in-person events are canceled due to COVID-19, the Department of Environmental Protection invites the Montgomery County community to an online celebration! This month they are offering online tools and fun in-home activities.
 
We hope in the midst of the pandemic, we can still take a moment to appreciate the clean air and natural world that continue to sustain us and our communities as we endure through this crisis.

MC Energy Summit Postponed from April to November

 
Montgomery County Energy Summit (Tentative) November 17-18
The 2020 Montgomery County Energy Summit has been postponed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Please mark your calendar for the new date of the Energy Summit – tentatively scheduled for November 17-18, 2020 – at the Silver Spring Civic Building. If you’ve already registered for the Energy Summit, you’ll be all set for the rescheduled event. Registration will close soon and reopen again closer to the rescheduled date. Learn more.

 

Online Resources, Webinars, and Trainings

 
Are you thinking of ways to enrich your staff while you’re staying-at-home?You can take advantage of these learn-at-home resources.
 
ENERGY STAR Recorded Webinars and Online Contractor Trainings
Learn about the latest ENERGY STAR residential programs, recognizing advanced energy efficiency in homes, or revisit your contractor trainings for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, and 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
 
The Smart Energy Home: Driving Residential Building Decarbonization
States, cities, and utilities across the region have made aggressive commitments to deep carbon reductions. Distributed energy resources coupled with strategic electrification is critical in achieving these carbon reductions. But adding electric load and distributing resources has the potential to cause additional problems for energy systems. Enter the smart energy home. Already being pursued for customer benefits, smart energy homes can turn potential load liabilities into grid assets.
The Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP) hosted a public webinar to explore their 2019 report. View the slides or webinar recording
 
Building Performance Association Online Trainings
Online Training offers a flexible and cost-effective opportunity for you to gain the knowledge you need to take your skillset to the next level. BPA courses allow for you to earn CEUs and learn about the most cutting edge topics in residential energy efficiency from our industry’s top trainers.
 
HabitatX Curated Webinars
The Habitat X Webinars are built with a simple principle in mind: to connect working professionals at their desks in ways that are meaningful and productive. For this series of Spring Webinars, we chose topics that were on the agenda for the 2019 Summer National Conference. Current webinars include “The Good Business of Healthier Homes”, “The Whirlwind Evolution of Modern Utilities”, and “A Bullish Approach to Home Performance”.

Contractor Resources

 
Become a Participating Contractor: It’s easy, costs nothing, and allows you to offer your customers the benefits of the CEA Program and other financing options from the Green Bank.
 
Stay up-to-date with our latest Commercial Financing options.

The Green Bank also offers energy information resources for homeowners and renters, and the Clean Energy Advantage Program for your homeowner clients. Reach out any time to discuss potential projects—we’re here to work with you and help projects get done!
 
Contact us with any questions or project needs: contractor@mcgreenbank.org.


 
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