Montgomery County Awards Commercial and Multi-Family Energy Efficiency Incentives; $1.7 Million in ARRA Funds Help to Reduce Grantees Annual Utility Costs by $800,000
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Montgomery County Awards Commercial and Multi-Family Energy Efficiency Incentives; $1.7 Million in ARRA Funds Help to Reduce Grantees Annual Utility Costs by $800,000


October 20, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that 43 businesses, multi-family properties and faith-based organizations are in various stages of completing energy efficiency projects using $1.7 million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG). The recipients leveraged the incentives for $4.4 million in projects that include installing energy efficient lighting, heating, ventilating and air conditioning. Many recipients also improved insulation and implemented small improvements to encourage energy conscious behaviors. According to estimates by the grant recipients, these projects are expected to collectively save more than $800,000 annually in utility costs.

“Montgomery County is fortunate to have secured ARRA federal funds and been able to direct them towards critical energy efficiency improvements in our multi-family, commercial, and faith-based organizations,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “Improving the energy efficiency of buildings provide us a key opportunity to expand jobs and make our community more livable and competitive.”

Each grant recipient will receive up to 50 percent of project costs, with a maximum of $75,000, using a mix of their own funds and utility incentives to make up the rest of the project cost. From March through May 2011, the County received 119 applications requesting over $5 million in grant funds to complete $14 million in projects. Grant recipients were selected competitively based on the energy savings of their project, their ability to implement the project in a reasonable timeframe and their commitment to sustainability.

“Buildings are the name of the game when it comes to energy efficiency,” said County Council Vice President Roger Berliner, who chairs the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee. “We are building our Green Economy in Montgomery County by using these federal dollars to leverage great investments in our commercial buildings. Creating jobs while contributing to a greener Montgomery is a win-win for all of us.”

DEP awarded incentive grants to 18 multi-family properties, 10 faith-based organizations and 15 businesses throughout the County.

“At DEP, we see every day how businesses and communities are trying to green their properties and operations,” said DEP Director Bob Hoyt. “We were pleased to see these varied organizations receive funding. They will serve as case studies, demonstrating how others throughout the County can improve their buildings and save energy while helping to create green jobs.”

Details on each recipient are listed below. Recipient award amounts listed are the maximum they will receive, based on reimbursement for actual costs incurred.

• Tri Star (Bethesda) – $17,500 to replace T12 fluorescent lighting with high-efficiency models and install ENERGY STAR qualified windows in a three-story professional building. (T12 refers to the diameter of lamp tubes. A T12 lamp has a diameter of twelve eighths of an inch, or 1-1/2 inches. Typically, narrower lamps, for example T8, is more energy-efficient.)

• The Chase at Bethesda (Bethesda) – $15,000 to improve lighting in fixtures throughout common areas.

• Bethesda Row Offices Street Retail (Bethesda) – $75,000 to replace existing T8 lighting with LED replacement lamps.

• Bradley/Strathmore Apartments (Chevy Chase) – $12,250 to replace water heating equipment with high efficiency alternatives. The system includes advanced digital controls.

• Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ (Bethesda) – $75,000 to replace aging window air conditioners with a high efficiency central heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

• EZ Storage Bethesda (Bethesda) – $75,000 to convert T12 fluorescents to more energy-efficient T8 lighting combined with occupancy sensors.

• Little Flower Catholic Church and School (Bethesda) – $56,804 to install high efficiency lighting throughout the property, including installing LED lighting in the parking lot and dimmable induction lighting in the gymnasium. HVAC improvements include programmable thermostats, economizer controls and variable frequency drives. Water heaters will be replaced with ENERGY STAR qualified heat pump water heaters.

• Sussex House (Bethesda) – $28,000 to conduct air sealing in the building, install programmable thermostats and replace common area lighting with energy efficient bulbs and fixtures.

• Marian Assisted Living – Victory Housing (Brookville) – $7,695 to conduct a comprehensive retrofit that includes tuning of the HVAC equipment and boilers and replacement of inefficient T12 lighting with T8s and electronic ballasts.

• Kenwood House (Chevy Chase) – $34,000 for this 71 unit co-op building to retrofit lighting, convert a variety of fluorescent and high pressure sodium fixtures to LEDs and install lighting controls, such as timers.

• Cedarbrook Church (Clarksburg) – $30,685 to retrofit 250-watt mercury vapor parking lights with 35-watt LEDs and replace indoor T8 fluorescent lighting with 12-watt LEDs.

• JK Moving Lighting Project (Gaithersburg) – $14,587 to replace warehouse metal halide lighting with fluorescents, install occupancy sensors to reduce lighting in unused areas and retrofit exterior lighting.

• Country Casual (Gaithersburg) – $13,127 to this wood furniture designer and manufacturer to replace metal halide lighting in its warehouse and production areas with more efficient lighting and occupancy sensors.

• Church of the Redeemer (Gaithersburg) – $46,068 to replace predominantly incandescent lighting with high efficiency alternatives and install occupancy sensors in classroom and nursery areas.

• 20400 through 20410 Observation Drive (Germantown) – $62,328 to upgrade lighting and HVAC systems.

• Kunzang Palyul Choling (Poolesville) – $21,850 to replace single pane with double glazed windows, upgrade exterior wall insulation from R6 to R19 and replace eight through-the-wall air conditioning units with four heat pumps.

• Park Potomac Place Garage Lighting (Potomac) – $75,000 to this homeowners association to replace incandescent, metal halide and fluorescent fixtures with more efficient units in parking garages and support areas..

• Magruders of College Plaza (Rockville) – $28,145 to replace metal halide lighting with T5 fluorescent fixtures and electronic ballasts, remove existing T8 lamps and upgrade fluorescent lighting in freezers with LED replacements.

• The Forum Condominiums (Rockville) – $35,296 to install HVAC controls; replace HVAC motors; replace T12 lamps with T8 lamps and electronic ballasts; replace incandescent exit signs with LED units; and install occupancy sensors in trash and laundry rooms.

• King Farm (Rockville) – $75,000 for LED lighting, controls to reduce cooling system cycling times and power conditioning equipment to reduce inductive loads.

• Montgomery Scrap (Rockville) – $9,000 to replace outdoor lighting and T12 fluorescent lighting with new, energy-efficient lighting and occupancy sensors.

• Twinbrook Sunoco (Rockville) – $4,248 to replace inefficient mechanical bay propane heaters with a used oil heating system, recovering this often wasted resource.

• Walnut Grove Condominiums (Rockville) – $72,129 to install LED lighting, install high efficiency water heaters, improve insulation, seal ducts and implement water conservation measures throughout this master metered community.

• Universities at Shady Grove (Rockville) – $75,000 to take advantage of the excess heat from the high efficiency boilers in the Camille Kendall Center by extending the hot water system to another building on campus.

• Sierra Landing Condominiums (Rockville) – $42,250 to replace the domestic hot water system with gas-fired, high-efficiency replacements.

• Grosvenor Park IV (Rockville) – $75,000 to install energy efficient lighting, daylight sensors, variable frequency drives on HVAC equipment, programmable thermostats and other HVAC controls.

• 6011 Executive Blvd (Rockville) – $69,000 to retrofit inefficient lighting with T8s and electronic ballasts and install a comprehensive energy management system.

• Friends House Inc. – Residential Cottages (Sandy Spring) – $22,399 to replace heat pumps in two cottages, install insulated roofing on one cottage and install energy-efficient windows and sliders on seven cottages.

• Southeast Hebrew Congregation (Silver Spring) – $52,058 to replace existing roof top air conditioning units, install a conditioned air distribution system and replace a number of windows with triple pane improvements.

• University Towers Condominiums (Silver Spring) – $75,000 for improvements including LED lighting, building energy management systems and replacement of windows in the common area.

• Glen Waye Gardens (Silver Spring) – $18,112 for an innovative project that provides residents with basic energy-efficiency equipment they can install themselves, such as compact fluorescent lamps, low-flow showerheads and vent covers, The funding will also be used to improve lighting in storage and laundry areas.

• Moskowitz Building (Silver Spring) – $75,000 to install high efficiency HVAC including boilers, chillers and smaller furnaces; and a state-of-the-art energy management system and controls.

• Leisure World Mutual 10 Energy Grant (Silver Spring) – $75,000 to improve the energy efficiency of 123 single story duplexes with improved insulation, air sealing and HVAC duct sealing.

• Elite Auto Haus (Silver Spring) – $14,949 to replace the T12 fluorescent lighting in this auto repair shop with T8 lighting and electronic ballasts.

• Kemp Mill Synagogue (Silver Spring) – $15,125 to install building energy management controls, providing enhanced management of heating and cooling systems.

• 8701 Georgia Ave (Silver Spring) – $36,677 to implement HVAC and lighting improvements.

• Norbeck Community Church (Silver Spring) – $55,000 to replace HVAC systems with high-efficiency replacements.

• Woodside Village Condominiums (Silver Spring) – $37,038 to replace HVAC equipment with ENERGY STAR qualified or other high efficiency alternatives and upgrade existing sub-metering with modern, digital replacements.

• Charter House (Silver Spring) – $54,430 to replace inefficient metal halide lighting with LEDs and install a new cooling tower and variable frequency drives to improve the efficiency of the existing HVAC system.

• 2131 Industrial Parkway (Silver Spring) – $75,000 to replace HVAC, including a boiler and chiller, and completely insulate existing piping.

• Parkside Plaza Condominium (Silver Spring) – $5,913 for improvements to exterior lighting.

• Takoma Business Center (Takoma Park)- $75,000 to implement a wide array of upgrades to this 10-story, multi-tenant office building including variable frequency drives on HVAC equipment, upgrades to the energy management system and improvements to the lighting controls.

• Takoma Park Presbyterian Church (Takoma Park) – $3,655 to replace furnaces in the Fellowship Hall.

An ARRA funded residential energy efficiency rebate program is also available on a first-come, first-served basis for improvements to homes. Information on this program is available at

Information on the County’s full range of ARRA EECBG programs can be found at

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Esther Bowring 240-777-6507


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