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Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Announces its First ‘Digital Solar Happy Hour’ and Solar Co-Op Information Session on Thursday, May 14

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 11, 2020

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will hold its first “Digital Solar Happy Hour” on Thursday, May 14, in its efforts to inform residents and small business owners about bringing solar energy and electric vehicle charging to their homes and businesses.

Maryland-mandated restrictions during the COVID-19 health crisis remain in place, including a ban on dine-in service at restaurants. To accommodate those restrictions, the DEP happy hour will take place live and online from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Along with Solar United Neighbors, DEP is partnering with local breweries in this virtual event.

The live session will include information on solar technology, cost savings and financing. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with solar users and electric vehicle owners and ask questions of the experts.

Those interested in joining the digital happy hour must register in advance at

Those who register by noon on Tuesday, May 12, may be eligible to receive a free six-pack of beer from one of the partnering breweries:

  • 7 Locks Brewing, Rockville
  • Astro Lab, Silver Spring
  • Saints Row, Rockville
  • Silver Branch Brewing, Silver Spring
  • True Respite, Derwood
  • Waredaca, Gaithersburg

In addition to meeting solar and electric vehicle owners, happy hour participants will learn about the fourth Solar Co-op in Montgomery County. The Co-op this year is offering the opportunity to install an electric vehicle (EV) charger in homes or businesses. It is free to join and members are not obligated to buy solar panels.

The Co-op membership includes:

  • A free roof review to determine if solar panels will work for that property.
  • One-on-one support for all questions about going solar.
  • An individualized proposal for solar at a bulk rate.

The Digital Solar Happy Hour is one of the free DEP information sessions to educate community members about solar energy and the Co-op. More information is available at and at the DEP sites on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Release ID: 20-251
Media Contact: Cindy Pena, 202-875-1563