Poolesville Green

Poolesville Green Promoting the appreciation, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in Poolesville and the surrounding communities including Dickerson, Barnesville, Boyds and Darnestown, Maryland. Founded in 2010

Poolesville Green is an independent, nonpartisan, educational 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2010 to promote the appreciation, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, chiefly energy and water, and to promote recycling, in and around the town of Poolesville, Maryland, including Dickerson, Barnesville, Boyds and Darnestown.

Operating as usual

09/16/2020
Tesla Model 3: True Cost of Ownership

Free the data and you mind will follow.

I recently sold my Tesla Model 3 and wanted to see what it really cost me over the last 3 years. Depreciation? Fuel costs? I break it all down in this video....

09/12/2020
Solar For Everyone, Not Just The Select Few

Use our link to get your share at neighborhoodsun.solar/poolesvillegreen

Learn about the amazing benefits of White Marsh project servicing the Baltimore Gas & Electric territory, hear from some of our local partners. and see how y...

Looking for 'green' energy? Reduced utility rates? Check out the Official Electric Shopping Website of the Maryland Publ...
09/09/2020
MD Electric Choice - The Choice is Yours!

Looking for 'green' energy? Reduced utility rates? Check out the Official Electric Shopping Website of the Maryland Public Service Commission. Includes all options, not just renewable energy mixes.

Shop offers from verified utility suppliers at the official electric choice shopping website of the Maryland Public Service Commission.

VIRTUAL FALL PLANT/BULB/SEED SWAPNOTE: Email sugarloafcamembership@gmail.com by Sept 15 to participate.Poolesville Green...
09/08/2020

VIRTUAL FALL PLANT/BULB/SEED SWAP
NOTE: Email [email protected] by Sept 15 to participate.

Poolesville Green is happy to assist Sugarloaf Citizens Association in spreading the word. Any questions/interest/response needs to go directly to SCA at [email protected]

DETAILS:

As the growing season slows down, many of us realize we should divide plants and bulbs. Others of us are planning our fall vegetable gardens of lettuce, kale, mustards, Pak Choy and other greens. Sugarloaf Citizens Association has decided to expand their popular virtual spring plant swap to include a virtual fall plant swap.

Do you have bulbs, seeds, or plants you would like to get rid of? Have you started your fall vegetables and have extra to give away, swap or sell?

Would you like more plants, bulbs, or seeds? Would you like to add to your fall vegetable garden?

Let Jane Thompson at Sugarloaf Citizens Assoc know by September 15. She will compile a list of all that can be swapped, sold or given away, and send it out to everyone who has responded.

Her email is: [email protected]

If you are selling/exchanging/giving away fall plants, please give her a complete list of what you have, along with your contact information – phone number and/or email address.

For those of you interested in getting items, send request to same email & she will add your name to the list. If you have anything specific you are looking for you can also put that down – with your contact information, phone number and/or email address.

September 15, she will email all who have responded with the lists of what is requested and what is offered. It will then be up to you to contact each other.

Enjoy the Fall!

5 solar maintenance mistakes you can’t afford to make
09/05/2020
5 solar maintenance mistakes you can’t afford to make

5 solar maintenance mistakes you can’t afford to make

You made the decision to go solar. That's awesome! Now you can sit back, relax, and watch the sun pay your bills forever, right? Well, not quite. Solar systems are pretty low maintenance, but the

09/05/2020
Tesla Police Car Ride Along! | In Depth

In-depth interview with the Police Chief. Excellent real-world grassroots info.

On today's episode of "In Depth" Zac & Jesse go for a ride along with the Westport, CT Tesla Model 3 Police Car! #Tesla #Model3 #PoliceCar Want to buy Zac an...

Chevy Bolts have some great incentives right now. There may be additional state & electric utility offers too. Go Electr...
09/04/2020
2020 Chevy Bolt EV | Affordable All Electric Car

Chevy Bolts have some great incentives right now. There may be additional state & electric utility offers too. Go Electric!

Explore the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV with an EPA-estimated 259 miles of range per charge, available safety amenities, and more impressive features.

Excellent updated report from Union of Concerned Scientists: 94% of US live in area rated 'best' for EVs.  Great progres...
09/03/2020

Excellent updated report from Union of Concerned Scientists: 94% of US live in area rated 'best' for EVs. Great progress in the past decade.
"Using the most recent data available, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) calculated the total emissions for refueling and driving gasoline and electric vehicles and found that the average
EV produces global warming pollution equal to a gasoline vehicle
that gets 88 miles per gallon (mpg)—significantly better than
the most efficient gasoline car available in the United States today
(58 mpg) and far cleaner than the average new gasoline car (31 mpg) or truck (21 mpg) (EPA 2020a; EPA 2020b)."
Read the factsheet here: www.ucsusa.org/resources/evs-cleaner

The Takeaway: "The income earned from leasing their land to solar energy companies could make the difference between con...
08/29/2020
Combining Solar & Farming Benefits Both

The Takeaway:
"The income earned from leasing their land to solar energy companies could make the difference between continuing in the farming tradition or selling out. Farming communities are already under stress from climate change related factors — flooding, rising temperatures, and drought among them. A synergy between agriculture and solar generation could be the lifeline they need to preserve their livelihood."

New research shows combing solar panels and farming could have important benefits for both.

What's the Buzz
08/26/2020
What's the Buzz

What's the Buzz

Solar & Ag Webinar; EV FAST Charging comes to Poolesville; Solar Co-op Deadline Approaching

Well done & worth the read.
08/25/2020
Why we support the solar Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) in Montgomery County

Well done & worth the read.

Our Montgomery County government is facing an unprecedented number of weighty issues right now… how to protect residents and support local small businesses, when and how to safely get kids back to school, dealing with the much lower than planned amount of revenue the county will get this year, and...

Another hard choice for consumers. Are you ready to give up gas heat and cooking to meet the challenge of the climate cr...
08/20/2020
Revealed: how the gas industry is waging war against climate action

Another hard choice for consumers. Are you ready to give up gas heat and cooking to meet the challenge of the climate crisis? If you are serious about climate, you should be.

In a nationwide blitz, gas companies and their allies fight climate efforts that they consider an existential threat to their business

Imagine a foreseeable future where a micro-grid solar installation, that includes battery storage, would allow a town to...
08/20/2020
Strata Solar Replaces Peaker Plants With Massive New Tesla-Powered Energy Storage Facility

Imagine a foreseeable future where a micro-grid solar installation, that includes battery storage, would allow a town to be grid-independent creating a more resilient community in the face of the climate crisis.

Nothing is a panacea and there will be challenges to be worked out, however, "the train is leaving the station". Will we get onboard?
https://cleantechnica.com/2020/08/04/strata-solar-replaces-peaker-plants-with-massive-new-tesla-powered-energy-storage-facility/

Strata Solar announced this week it has completed the pre-construction development work on one of the largest stationary energy storage facilities in the US . The new 100-megawatt, 400-megawatt-hour facility will be installed in Ventura County...

The Next Tesla Generation: Investing in the Future of Sustainable Energy
08/16/2020
The Next Tesla Generation: Investing in the Future of Sustainable Energy

The Next Tesla Generation: Investing in the Future of Sustainable Energy

Millennials--and Generation Z after them--are characterized primarily by a deep involvement in digital technology. However, this is not the only thing that attracts them to Tesla. The company cares not only about innovative cars and the disruptive technologies built into them, but its primary value....

There is a significant nexus between energy, water and food. By 2030, globally, we will need 50% more energy, 40% more w...
08/11/2020
Farming under solar panels saves water and creates energy - Futurity

There is a significant nexus between energy, water and food. By 2030, globally, we will need 50% more energy, 40% more water and 35% more food. Agrivoltaics make the most of all three in the face of Climate Change.

Growing crops under the shade of solar panels, also called agrivoltaics, could boost food production, use less water, and make solar panels more efficient.

One Montgomery Green
08/08/2020
One Montgomery Green

One Montgomery Green

Join OMG and experts Tom Deyo, MoCo Green Bank, Russell Lacey, Electric Advisors, and others.

Learn about moving to a cleaner source for your home energy needs and financing options. Hear about geothermal, wind and solar.

Thanks to our sponsor, Montgomery County Green Bank, this event is free.

Three more weeks to join the co-op. No obligation prior to contract signing (which comes after joining, site visit & cus...
08/05/2020
Montgomery County Solar and EV Charger Co-op | Solar United Neighbors

Three more weeks to join the co-op. No obligation prior to contract signing (which comes after joining, site visit & custom project proposal development). Join 144 other county residents in going solar!

The co-op is open to residents and businesses in Montgomery County

“A lot of times, these leases are saving farms,” said Brad Mitchell, deputy executive director and policy director for t...
07/30/2020
Solar development on farms can save farmers and farmland

“A lot of times, these leases are saving farms,” said Brad Mitchell, deputy executive director and policy director for the Massachusetts Farm Bureau.

At Solar and Storage Northeast in Boston, panelists comprised of solar experts, policy directors and national community solar leaders sat down to discuss what can be done for the symbiotic relation…

"Beyond simply enabling conventional farming, solar arrays can also contribute to the practice of regenerative agricultu...
07/30/2020
Pollinator-Saving Solar Panels: Good for Farmers, Good for Business

"Beyond simply enabling conventional farming, solar arrays can also contribute to the practice of regenerative agriculture, as shade from the panels can help improve soil health and aid in moisture retention."

Farmers can get the best of both worlds when investing in solar panels by using that same land for pollinator habitats and other agricultural uses.

Detox your lifestyle from fossil fuels now. Your emissions NOW are determining the future climate your kids will inherit...
07/24/2020
Top Scientists Just Ruled Out Best-Case Global Warming Scenarios

Detox your lifestyle from fossil fuels now. Your emissions NOW are determining the future climate your kids will inherit.

1) If you have to drive, get the best mileage car you can afford in this order: EV, PHEV, Hybrid. Don't even consider a regular gas car. (Source of 41% of local GHGs)

2) lf you can install solar, do not delay. (Montgomery county Solar Co-op is accepting members till the end of August) If you can't, subscribe to a community solar project if available to you (save over utility rates too). Check this link: neighborhoodsun.solar poolesvillegreen If not, purchase wind power from third party provider. (Source of 2nd greatest amount of GHGs)

3) Maximize energy efficiency in your home. Get an energy audit so you know where to begin if needed. (Can SIGNIFICANTLY decrease your energy demands maximizing your investment in #2 above) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-22/top-scientists-just-ruled-out-best-case-global-warming-scenarios

A new research paper narrows a key range for future heating. We ask one of the authors what it means.

07/14/2020
Is a Tesla Powerwall 2 Worth the Money?

Household Battery Backup - how it works with rooftop solar, saves you from power outages and more. Free the data.

I recently installed 2 Tesla Powerwall 2s at my house and yes, they're awesome. Learn how to tune your powerwalls in my update after a couple months of testi...

If you think the pandemic is bad...... .  There's no time to fiddle around.
07/09/2020
Global temperatures could exceed crucial 1.5 C target in the next five years

If you think the pandemic is bad...... . There's no time to fiddle around.

There is an increasing chance that annual global temperatures could exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels over the next five years, new climate predictions from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) say.

Join with Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) and Poolesville Green to bring Community Solar to Montgomery County. ...
07/09/2020
Bring community solar to Montgomery County!

Join with Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) and Poolesville Green to bring Community Solar to Montgomery County. Your support now is more important than ever.

Add your voice: Sign the petition today.

07/08/2020

Correcting the record…Proposed ZTA for Solar in the Ag Reserve:

You may have seen scary info saying the county’s proposed ZTA would

1) Would allow commercial scale solar in the Reserve. (FACT: the sites allowed would be restricted to 2MW in size which is about 10 acres. Some might be smaller. Maximum total for all combined acres is 1800 acres out of 93,000 acres or 2%.)

2) Not protect soil/water quality/forests/habitat (FACT: Agrivoltiac practices would be required which supports both soil, water quality & habitat. Forests are not specifically addressed but the economics of removing forest don’t make sense for this type of solar program.

3) Not ensuring energy generated stays in the region (FACT: Electricity doesn’t work that way. Energy generated is used first by those closest to the source. For example, in the case of rooftop solar, if the owner’s solar is generating more electricity than she is using at that moment, the excess electricity ‘goes onto the grid’. What that means is that during those times, the owner’s neighbors are getting the excess electricity from that solar and the owner is getting a credit on her bill which she draws from at other times. In order for a community solar project to be built, it must first have customers within the utility service area subscribed to it. Electricity generated locally does not get sent to far off locations. The benefit locally also goes to those customers of community solar projects that are renters or otherwise can't put solar on their own roof giving them an avenue to access local renewable energy at a discounted rate. Low/Moderate Income customers benefit from even lower rates - this is climate justice.)

4) Take prime soils & forests out of production (FACT: The vast majority acreage the Reserve is not technically or economically viable for the kind of solar addressed in the ZTA and amount of acreage in question is already tightly limited in the ZTA. There is little Category 1 soil in the county. Along with agrivoltaic practices, the acres that would come under solar would serve double or triple stacked climate benefits such as carbon sequestration, pollinator habitat (which has been shown to increase adjacent crop yields), grazing for animals (see American Solar Grazing Assoc) or provide for shade-loving crops. Agrivoltaics is one of the fastest growing trends in the USA.

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Poolesville Green is an independent, nonpartisan, educational 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2010 to promote the appreciation, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, chiefly energy and water, and to promote recycling, in and around the town of Poolesville, Maryland, including Dickerson, Barnesville, Boyds and Darnestown. We believe in Electric Vehicles and Solar Power for the home. We work to educate the public on their use and benefits.

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Come out and support your local House member David Trone at a spaghetti dinner with guest speaker Nancy Pelosi Sun Nov 11 at Gaithersburg HS. Dinner is $10. Register at:
I RSVP'd for Frank Jamison - he is not on FB
At the NDEW event in Poolesville MD I saw a M3 with a decal on the window that said "I'm probably not driving". It was all one line and had the AP blue steering wheel on it. I see these on ebay but I dont want this one. I didnt think to ask her where she got it. I searched the internet and couldnt find a version other than this one on ebay. Has anyone seen these before? I want to put it on the top of my rear window on my MX.
Its official... We are selling one of our Rav4s. I am putting both my wife's and mine up for sale. (links below) Once one sells we will remove the other post. We only want to sell 1. We will keep the other and buy a Tesla Model X. (hopefully) Cars are located in Central NY. Both have been excellent. We are just looking for additional seats and for longer range. Price is firm. 2012 - $17,000 https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/470983183466955/ 2014 - $17,500 https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/464984334083604/ Please feel free to share. Thank you!
Gaithersburg Green Drinks Join us tonight June 3 2019 at Wine Harvest in Kentlands from 6-8. We are a meet and greet for the environmentally conscious...great for networking and sharing...
Gaithersburg Green Drinks May 6 5:30-8pm Grape Escape on Kentlands Blvd (between Giant and At Home) Green Drinks is international and in over 500 cities with a purpose of bringing people together who are concerned about the environment... so green businesses, climate lobbyists, organic gardening, no pesticides, low emission cars, solar... a chance to meet and network and have fun doing it. We will meet monthly and support local businesses like restaurants and bars thus promoting them. We will have a speaker or two for 10-15 min . sign up to be a speaker, share flyers and promotional information.
Gaithersburg Green Drinks May 6 from 5:30-8pm at the Grape Escape on Kentlands Blvd (next to Hallmark in the Giant shopping area) ...for Like minded people and businesses concerned about the environment...come network and schmooze... (looking for a logo for our new Green Drinks so submit ideas to [email protected] by July 1.) spread the word and bring a friend get your name on the list to speak at a future Green Drinks (10-15 min share time)
Gaithersburg Green Drinks May 6 from 5:30-8pm at the Grape Escape on Kentlands Blvd (next to Hallmark in the Giant shopping area) ...for Like minded people and businesses concerned about the environment...come network and schmooze... (looking for a logo for our new Green Drinks so submit ideas to [email protected] by July 1.) spread the word and bring a friend get your name on the list to speak at a future Green Drinks (10-15 min share time
Hey guys. I did some testing with the T-Rex on the way home and my miles per kwh is much higher than I thought. I told people at the NDEW event that I got around 230 miles using both the Rav4 and T-Rex. I based that on a long trip I took in which I got around 228 miles but had some left. Based on my new testing I should get 260-280 miles in good summer weather.