On March 31, a day appropriately suitable for both solar and wind energy generation, a number of VIPs gathered for an outdoor press conference launching the region’s first Clean Energy Center.   Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett led a delegation in announcing the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) siting at the University of Maryland’s Shady Grove campus.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett applauds Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's declaration launching the Clean Energy Center.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett applauds Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's declaration launching the Clean Energy Center.

“Today’s announcement marks yet another large step towards our goal of creating 100,000 green collar jobs by 2015,” said Gov. O’Malley.  “This Center will leverage greater opportunities for our workers and a cleaner, greener Maryland for our families.”

Bethesda Green wrote a letter in support of siting the MCEC at the Shady Grove campus, part of the efforts of numerous organizations cited by Executive Leggett.

According to its website, MCEC will promote clean energy economic development and jobs in the state; encourage deployment of clean energy technologies across Maryland; assist newly developed technologies with pilot projects; collect, analyze and disseminate industry data; and provide outreach and technical support to further the clean energy industry in Maryland.

Maryland Energy Administration Director Malcolm Woolf noted that, “The Maryland Clean Energy Center is an essential piece of Maryland’s clean energy future, as it will help create jobs, support clean energy businesses and strengthen our communities through continual clean energy advancements.”

Gov. O'Malley listens to clean energy issues raised by Clean Currents President Gary Skulnik.

Gov. O'Malley listens to clean energy issues raised by Clean Currents President Gary Skulnik.

After the formal festivities, people lingered in the courtyard for casual networking and discussions.   A good friend of ours, Clean Currents President Gary Skulnik, took the opportunity to chat with the governor about clean energy issues, mentioned here because I grabbed a photo of Gary and the Gov’s tete-a-tete.

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