The facility will be located at the Camille Kendall Academic Center at the University of Maryland, The Universities at Shady Grove. The center will help support the state’s “smart, green and growing” efforts by offering assistance to newly developed technologies with pilot projects; the collection, analysis and dissemination of industry data and providing outreach and technical support to further Maryland’s clean energy industry.
“Today’s announcement marks yet another large step towards our goal of creating 100,000 ‘green collar’ jobs by 2015,” Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a press release. “This Center will leverage greater opportunities for our workers and a cleaner, greener Maryland for our families.
“Maryland has emerged as a national leader in smart, green, and growing initiatives, and this exciting announcement today demonstrates our unified commitment to sustainability as One Maryland,” O’Malley continued.
The new energy center will be used for everything from technology commercialization and business incubation to workforce development and training, all with the goal of increasing the health of the state’s economy and environment. The center is the largest green higher education building in the state and is a gold-certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design building.
“It is a great honor to be selected to host the Maryland Clean Energy Center headquarters,” Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said in the press release. “Montgomery County is a nationally recognized leader in advancing clean energy and promoting sustainability, and we are committed to making our community a model for developing a green 21st century economy.
“No jurisdiction in the state can match the county’s track record in successfully nurturing the growth of fledgling industries,” Leggett continued. “Montgomery County, the University System of Maryland and the City of Annapolis offer an unparalleled package of resources, networks and access to federal agencies that will help drive the future of clean energy and green technologies in the State of Maryland.”
The City of Annapolis also has partnered with Montgomery County to offer MCEC access and free use of the Annapolis National Clean Energy Park. MCEC hopes to further partner with the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Frederick County.
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, for clean energy Maryland will receive $61 million for weatherization, $52 million to help local authorities with energy efficiency improvements and $51.8 million to support state clean energy initiatives.