Sharing Solar Opportunities with MD Residents and Businesses

April 23, 2014

Demystifying Clean Energy Panel

On April 10, Director Ronen served as a panelist for Demystifying Clean Green Energy, a Montgomery County GovernmentBethesda GreenGreen Wheaton, and Silver Spring Green event that gathered clean energy experts and community members in Silver Spring, Maryland to discuss clean energy trends and opportunities.  

Recently, Clean Currents, a leading wind supplier for Maryland, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania closed leaving Maryland residents concerned and confused about available clean energy options. The event, summarized in this video, was designed to assuage community concerns by explaining the factors behind the closing of this green energy supplier and also served as an educational forum. Green energy experts engaged with Maryland residents and businesses and explained the current state of the clean energy market, available renewable energy solutions for Marylanders, and energy policy options that would increase the deployment and use of renewable energy.

The panel was moderated by Doug Weisburger and panelists included:

  • Gary Skulnik, Green Marketing Consultant and Co-Founder of Clean Currents
  • Russell Lacey, Founder and Partner, Electric Advisors
  • Brett Wiley, Director of Residential Programs, Groundswell
  • Amit Ronen, Director, GW Solar Institute
  • Laura Pagliarulo, Manager of Green Products, Washington Gas Energy Services

Ronen’s remarks focused on the various methods available for residents and businesses to use solar energy and ways the state of Maryland can improve solar accessibility and deployment. GreenLeaders DC, a non-profit organization that uses communications technology to advance sustainability, was present at the event and interviewed Ronen on the consumer-focused solutions for scaling solar.