SolSmart Designees

Montgomery County

SolSmart Gold
Population: 1,050,688
Designation Level: SolSmart Gold
Year Designated: 2020
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Montgomery County has set the aggressive goal of 100 percent greenhouse gas reductions by 2035, and solar deployment will be key to reaching that goal. The county has incorporated more than 7 MW of solar at government buildings, including microgrid projects at the public services headquarters and a correctional facility. Plans are in the works for major solar projects on a decommissioned landfill and a next-generation bus depot. The county has a Solarize campaign underway that incorporates both solar and EV charging, and its green bank programs offer financing options for residents, businesses, and nonprofits.

I am proud of Montgomery County’s recognition as a SolSmart Gold community. Montgomery County is committed to driving continual improvement in our solar market. Promoting and facilitating private solar photovoltaic installations supports our goal to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions countywide by 2035. The County is also committed to installing solar on public facilities to decrease County government’s dependence on fossil-fuel-based electricity, reduce electric bills and support the expansion of community solar.
- Marc Elrich, County Executive