Monday, August 22, 2011
Clean energy is getting a boost in Montgomery County through the Nonprofit Energy Alliance which has helped 45 non-profit groups get lower rates for their clean energy purchases. This informal alliance—based on common goals of reducing environmental impacts and boosting a green economy—has been in operation since May 2010. The Alliance’s green energy purchases thus far equate to removing 13 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually, roughly similar to taking 1,100 passenger vehicles off the road or to powering 700 homes for one year.
The lower pricing achieved through collective purchasing has helped reduce the economic impact of making the transition to clean energy. Participating nonprofits can expect a savings of between 10 to 15 percent.
The Nonprofit Energy Alliance is a collaboration between the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Nonprofit Montgomery and the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington. The Alliance also educates the community on the environmental and economic benefits of purchasing clean energy. Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection provides technical guidance to the Alliance.
To learn more or register for the Alliance’s upcoming webinar—Monday, September 12 (12:00 – 12:30 p.m.)—visit: http://www.creativemoco.com/npea/