Flipping the Switch on New Solar Array
With the flip of a giant switch, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett recently symbolically activated 1,248 solar panels on the roof of the County’s Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station that will generate approximately 350,000 kilowatt hours ( kWh) of electricity in the first year of operation and more than six million kWh over the 20-year life of the project. Joining Leggett were (from left) Franny Yuhas, SunEdison manager; Malcolm Woolf, director of the Maryland Energy Administration; and Robin Davidov, executive director of the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority.
In everyday equivalents, the six million kWh produced by the panels will produce enough energy to power 590 average U.S. homes for one year. The panels began producing power in March.
The County paid no upfront capital costs for the solar energy system, thanks to $280,000 in grant funding from the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) Project Sunburst program and a Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with SunEdison of Beltsville. Through the PPA, SunEdison has financed and constructed the array and will operate and maintain the panels.
The Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority (NMWDA), the contract manager of the Transfer Station operations for the County, will purchase and use the energy produced for 20 years.
Close up and aerial views of the solar panel array at the Transfer Station may be seen on the Division of Solid Waste Services website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/solidwaste.
Read more information about the solar project.
Celebrate Building Safety Month in May with a Free Deck Inspection
To help raise awareness of building safety, Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS) is celebrating Building Safety Month in May by offering free deck maintenance inspections for single-family detached homes, townhouses and duplex dwellings.
The inspections are available to all Montgomery County residents – excluding those in the City of Rockville and the City of Gaithersburg. The inspection will include a checklist for homeowners to help them maintain a safe and sound structure.
Residents interested in scheduling a deck inspection should contact Montgomery County during May at 3-1-1, or by fax at 240-777-6258. Homeowners will be contacted before the inspection is performed. All requests will be honored as the inspectors’ workloads permit.
For more information about Building Safety Month, visit the DPS website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/permittingservices.
Applicants Sought for Bethesda Transportation Management District Advisory Committee Vacancy
The Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Bethesda Transportation Management District (TMD) Advisory Committee. The nominee must reside in a neighborhood adjacent to the Bethesda Transportation Management District or in the Town of Chevy Chase.
Bethesda Transportation Solutions (BTS), the transportation management organization in Bethesda, focuses on traffic assessment, pedestrian safety, parking and the need for capital improvements in the business district. A major emphasis is promoting programs for transit and ridesharing with employers and employees in the Bethesda urban district.
Applicants should send a brief resume detailing pertinent experience, interests and community activities no later than May 4 to Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814.
For more information, contact Karen Thon at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center at 240-777-8210, or email Karen.email@example.com.
Free Workshop on "Autism: Understanding Challenging Behaviors"
Parents, caregivers, teachers, counselors and direct support professionals are invited to attend a training seminar, “Autism: Understanding Challenging Behaviors.” The two-day seminar will be held on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College, 20200 Observation Dr.
Workshop topics include nutritional interventions, psychopharmacological interventions and behavioral principles and strategies.
Registration is required by Friday, May 6.
The event is free but registration is required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, call 240-777-1216 (800-201-7165, MD Relay/800-735-2258, TTY MD Relay).
First Mobile App Available for Library Customers
Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) has launched its first mobile application for iPhone and iPad users.
By using the application from SirsiDynix, named BookMyne™, customers who are on-the-go can access their library accounts, get library hours information and locate books, audio, video and other materials available from their local libraries.
CDC Task Force Announces Recommendations Against Further Privatization of Alcohol Sales
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s Task Force on Community Preventive Services has recommended against further privatization of alcohol sales.
According to the Guide to Community Preventative Services website, the Task Force stated that “Based on its charge to identify effective disease and injury prevention measures, the Task Force… recommends against further privatization of alcohol sales in settings with current government control of retail sales, based on strong evidence that privatization results in increased per capita alcohol consumption, a well-established proxy for excessive consumption.”
Montgomery County is a control jurisdiction and conducts the wholesale distribution of beverage alcohol.
See more on the statement and the Task Force’s rationale behind its decision.
Taste the World in Fenton Village
The first Taste the World in Fenton Village will take place on Sunday, May 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. Fenton Village is located in south Silver Spring between Wayne, Georgia and Burlington aves. and Fenton St.
More than 15 participating restaurants will offer appetizers or small tasting plates, in the restaurants, for $5 or less.
Hosted by the Silver Spring Citizens’ Advisory Board and Downtown Silver Spring, the free event also will feature musical entertainment and an outdoor market featuring local businesses. Taste the World passports can be picked up at the parking lot on Fenton St. at Silver Spring and Thayer aves. The passports will then be stamped at each restaurant visited and turned in at the end of the day for a special drawing.
Free parking will be available at the Wayne-Ellsworth parking garage and the Fenton Street Village Garage located at Fenton and Silver Spring aves. The Silver Spring Metro Station is located a couple of blocks north of the event.
For more information, call 240-832-3078.
Leggett, Governor Lee of Chungbuk Province, Korea Discuss Strategic Economic Collaboration
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett met earlier this month with the newly-elected Governor of Chungbuk Province, Korea, the Honorable Si Jong Lee, and public- and private-sector members of his delegation during the governor’s first visit to the United States.
Chungbuk Province and Montgomery County have enjoyed a close strategic partnership since 2004 when they signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate and promote the growth of the biotech and advanced technology industries in both regions. Chungbuk is positioning itself as a leader in the renewable energy sector, with a special emphasis on solar energy.
The Korean delegation spent the afternoon visiting the County’s Shady Grove and Germantown Innovation Centers and also toured Rockville vaccine development biotech company Novavax. To date, seven Korean-headquartered companies have located their U.S. operations in Montgomery County.
CONSUMER PROTECTION ASKS: DID YOU KNOW?
As part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act consumers are encouraged to visit www.SaferProducts.gov to submit reports of unsafe products and to search for safety information on products they own or may be considering buying.
Reporting product safety incidents through this easy-to-use site will help the Consumer Product Safety Commission identify product hazards quicker and provide consumers with safety information on products in and around the home.
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POSTED AT: Friday, April 29, 2011 | 2:00:00 AM