The Howard County NAACP is hosting the first annual Bithenergy MLK Unity 5K on Saturday, January 13, 2018. The event includes a 5K run and the Prism Family Fun Run/Walk. Register now to join the fun!
Maryland Acquires Lowest Cost in History for Electricity Rates for State Buildings and Facilities | Press Release from the Department of General Services
This will Save Taxpayers $25 Million Dollars Over Next Four Years.
Bithenergy was responsible for collecting and analyzing the data used to conduct this auction without the work that we do daily this cost savings would not be possible.
BALTIMORE, MD – The Hogan-Rutherford Administration today announced the Department of General Services’ successful implementation of a reverse auction for energy purchases, which will save Maryland taxpayers $25 million over the next four years through 2021. The commodities procurement will provide a significant portion of the state’s electricity supply to state-owned facilities.
“By pooling the state’s future electricity demand, Maryland has attracted the business interest of the nation’s most competitive electricity suppliers,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This level of participation shows that Maryland is indeed Open for Business and that the energy industry is taking notice.”
The new electricity supply contracts will provide the lowest cost for electricity for state buildings and facilities in all regions across Maryland. In addition, local municipalities and non-profits were able to participate in the recent electricity pool. By partnering with the state, these organizations located in Garrett, Baltimore, Cecil, Worcester, and St. Mary’s Counties will benefit from the new lower electricity rates.
“Our administration remains committed to reining in state spending” said Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford. “By using alternative ways to procure commodities and other services, the state receives the best value for every dollar we spend – which is exactly what Marylanders expect and deserve.”
Maryland was one of the first states to use the reverse auction in 2004, under Lt. Governor Rutherford’s leadership during his tenure as Secretary of General Services. These lower prices, along with ongoing investments in energy efficiency projects in state facilities, is all part of the administration’s energy strategy to lead by example in both lowering the burden to taxpayers and helping to meet Maryland’s environmental goals at the same time.
“This reverse auction allowed electricity suppliers to bid and counter-bid for a short period of time in a transparent, real-time platform,” said Department of General Services Secretary Ellington Churchill. “Electricity suppliers bid until the lowest electricity supply rates in the market were revealed, which greatly benefits Maryland taxpayers.”
This unprecedented auction led to the state acquiring the lowest electricity supply rates in its history and locked the rates in for a longer period of time than industry predictions. The state received an electricity supply rate as low as 3.8 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for a four-year period. This rate was nearly 40 percent lower the state’s previous rate of 6.1 cents per kWh for the past three-year period.
About DGS: The Department of General Services is responsible for essential services and programs administered on behalf of the state, including procuring goods and services; designing, building, leasing, managing and maintaining facilities; leading energy conservation efforts; and providing essential services such as fuel management, disposition of surplus property and records management. The Department of General Services Maryland Capitol Police maintains safety and security at state buildings.
May 5, 2017 Bithenergy welcomed international professionals to an informative discussion about renewable energy, battery storage, and emerging technologies
Bithenergy welcomed international professionals to an informative discussion about renewable energy, battery storage, and emerging technologies. The professionals in attendance were a part of WTCI’s cohort of diverse individuals from countries across South and East Asia. This meeting was intended to share strategies and tools to implement and expand renewable energy systems, manage energy, and smart grid infrastructure build-out. Guests also learned about Bithenergy’s sister company, BITHGROUP Technologies. “Because energy and technology are so closely related and driven by one another, it is important to demonstrate how the two entities leverage opportunities together,” stated Bithenergy’s COO Coretta Bennett
The guests were able to gain insight on how Bithenergy works with various Federal, State, and local governments to develop and deploy innovative renewable energy systems, manage and measure energy consumption, as well as research and explore energy systems concepts to reduce emissions and promote sustainability. Harry Holt, BITHGROUP Technologies VP noted “We are honored to share our success stories and lessons learned to aid in the growth of intellectual capital around the world!”
The international professionals that attended were: Dr. Priyanga Dunusinghe, a Senior Lecturer for the Department of Economics at the University of Colombo, Tohir Habibov from the Department of External Economic Cooperation for the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Waqas Javaid a Trade Economist for the Regional Trade Office Ministry of Commerce Government of Pakistan, Faisal Mahmood the General Manager for AJJEE IMPEX, Ahmad Tariq Mateen the Head of Regional Trade Agreements for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ministry of Commerce & Industries, Mr. Farkhad Pakyrov the Executive Director for JIA located in the Capital of Kyrgyzstan, and Ms. Shayasta Tuladhar a Coordinator for the Nepal Economic Forum, accompanied by WTCI liasons.
Press Release: Bithenergy awarded Third Party Residents’ Utility Billing and Payment Collection Services contract from the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC)
Baltimore, Maryland – Bithenergy, Inc. is eager to begin work on its newly awarded professional services agreement with HABC. Bithenergy will service approximately 2,925 units, including Latrobe Homes, Cherry Hill Homes, Westport Homes and Poe Homes. Bithenergy is a local, small, Baltimore City based minority business enterprise with diverse experience working with federal, state, and local clients, as well as private commercial customers through B2B interfaces. Coretta L. Bennett, Chief Operating Officer of Bithenergy stated, “Bithenergy is perfectly poised to exceed the needs of HABC in providing a premium client experience through the implementation of innovative technologies, anticipatory responsiveness and solutions, and collaboration with our partners on the project.”
Bithenergy is providing a custom billing solution to meet the goals and objectives of HABC. Located within the BGE service territory, the solution will include setting utility allowances and adjustments based on the schedule requirements. The system will also decouple the rent and utility charges for the residents. Through the utility invoice process, the Bithenergy team will process and deliver thousands of utility bills and monthly consumption notices via statements to residents so the residents are more knowledgeable about their usage and consumption. Additionally, Bithenergy is providing regulatory support for HABC’s utility allowance and consumption program for electricity consumption. Through this partnership, the organizations with tackle some emerging energy and utility scenarios with creative solutions and cutting edge technologies.
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A recognized authority on energy matters and energy subsystems, Bithenergy offers intelligent strategies and full implementation services for the development of renewable power generation systems, advanced energy management solutions, energy consulting, and smart grid and energy storage infrastructure build-out. The company is a certified minority business enterprise (MBE) and conducts business throughout the world.
BITHGROUP Technologies and Bithenergy host Advance Placement Environmental Science Students on a Renewable Energy Field Trip to Chimes International of Baltimore and Nixon’s Farms in Howard County
On Thursday, March 9, 2017, BITHGROUP Technologies, Inc. and Bithenergy, Inc. hosted thirty-five students and two teachers from the Western School of Technology and Environmental Science on a full day field trip to learn more about Maryland’s robust solar industry.
Starting out in West Baltimore at Chimes International, an organization that supports people with disabilities and special needs, the students had the opportunity to tour a completed solar panel installation. This installation consists of three roof-mount solar installations (225KW), an onsite solar ground array (700 KW), as well as an energy monitoring system that tracks energy usage, visible in the Chimes lobby. At Chimes, the students also had the opportunity to meet with the President of Chimes, Mr. Terence Blackwell, and they learned more about Chimes and the impact of this renewable energy project.
Later the students visited the Nixon’s Farm installation in Howard County, where they observed and discussed larger solar installations and their impact on the community and environment. This installation includes a 1.5 MW Ground Mount Solar array that provides energy to Chimes and a 2 MW Ground Mount array that provides power to the Columbia Association of Howard County.
The field trip concluded with an industry overview and company specific presentation in an office environment which exposed the students to the many career opportunities and other facets in the industry. The students learned about Energy Audits, Commissioning, LEED Certifications, Power Purchase Agreements, Solar Renewable Energy Projects and Renewable Energy Project Financing. The students also engaged in discussion with Bithenergy staff about how we can all change our behaviors at home to be more environmentally responsible.
Finally, the students learned about how various engineering disciplines, such as chemical, electrical, civil, mechanical, environmental, mathematical and business areas such as accounting, finance, marketing, management, can all be utilized to work in an industry in which they can build a strong career while also engaging in improving the environment. The students asked insightful questions and demonstrated a strong foundational knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math.
Baltimore, Maryland – Bithenergy, Inc. executed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Baltimore City Public Schools. In an effort to seek an alternate renewable source of traditional power, City Schools is excited to partner with Bithenergy to develop a 3.5MW solar power generation site. Bithenergy is a local, small, Baltimore City based minority business enterprise. Coretta L. Bennett, a graduate of Baltimore City Public Schools and Chief Operating Officer of Bithenergy stated, “Our company is proud to support City Schools in their initiatives to be environmentally responsible and seek new technologies in energy and sustainability. We are eager to continue growing and building upon our strong relationships.”
The solar array is being built in West Friendship, Maryland on a 67-acre site located in Howard County. The project will be an extension of the Nixon’s Farm solar farm, which currently powers organizations such as the Columbia Association and Chimes International. Located within Baltimore Gas Electric’s (BGE’s) territory, the PPA will offset some of City Schools’ existing traditional electricity load and provide clean renewable power from an offsite location, through virtual aggregate net metering. Virtual Aggregate Net Metering is the practice of allowing one or more customers to combine their electrical meters for the purpose offsetting traditional electricity load to solar generated electricity load thru net metering.
Mrs. Rajeshri Bachubhay, Energy Specialist with Baltimore City Public Schools, notes “Bithenergy is helping City Schools become more sustainable and efficient. Through this innovative contract, the district will better manage and save on utility costs over an extended period of time. We look forward to educating our students, staff, community, and stakeholders about the completed project.”
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Bithenergy offers intelligent strategies and full implementation services for development of renewable power generation, energy consulting, smart grid and energy storage infrastructure build-out. A certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Bithenergy solves complex energy challenges using advanced technologies, new economy innovation, and detailed industry knowledge.
On October 27th members of the BITH team volunteered at Moveable Feast, an organization that provides nutritious foods and other services in order to preserve quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions.
Our team happily stepped forward and will definitely do it again. BITHGROUP Technologies VP, Harry Holt commented, "It was a blast, a lot of fun. It really felt great to give back to the community - especially an organization as well respected and known for their charity."
Moveable Feast is always seeking new volunteers and donations, feel free to view their website below for more information!
For 2015’s Fastest-Growing Urban Business, Sustainability and Culture Are Key - ICIC Blog, By Liz Holden
For Baltimore-Based Bithenergy, business growth has not come at the expense of community and environmental investment. Quite the opposite, as the company size has increased, its leadership has doubled down on its commitment to a positive impact on the community and on the environment.
Last year at ICIC’s Inner City 100, the renewable energy services company was named the fastest-growing inner city firm in the U.S., earning it the annual Staples Business Growth Award.
ICIC recently spoke with Coretta Bennett, Bithenergy’s Chief Operating Officer, and Daniel Wallace, Vice-President of Business Development, about the company’s rapid growth and the company’s impacts in Baltimore and beyond.
Both Bennett and Wallace said Bithenergy’s commitment to community and culture attracted them to the firm. “The company is a great place to work… The market is growing,” Bennett said. “Bithenergy is very unique as a space and as a company.”
As a rapidly growing company in the evolving field of renewable energy, Bithenergy has had to navigate a constantly changing landscape. Wallace said that one of the biggest challenges was “growing pains” resulting from the need to add new systems and processes as the company added new employees and new services.
“Because the energy industry is still very new and growing… it creates opportunities for us to continuously learn,” Bennett said. “We’ve had to learn the different markets and the different sectors and understand the regulations and the laws.”
Hiring the right employees has been key to this growth. Although many staff members are highly trained in technical fields like engineering, Bennett said that character is key: “The staff needs to be a good fit, and the culture is very unique. We look for people that we’d like to work with. We look for people with great ethical standards and who are communicative.”
Wallace agreed. “It’s so important to have good chemistry across your team. When we need all hands on deck we need all hands on deck… We need to be a strong support team for each other.”
When asked about the benefits and drawbacks of their inner city location, the only drawback that was mentioned was the difficulty of parking in the city. Both cited the company’s proximity to clients and potential employees in Baltimore and in other major East Coast cities as a major benefit. “We… have a lot of clients in the city – we work closely with universities and hospitals. Most of them are located in dense urban centers,” said Wallace.
Bennett said that Bithenergy’s location allows the company to increase its community impact. Coincidentally, both she and Wallace graduated from the same Baltimore public high school as the CEO, Robert Wallace, and all have a strong commitment to the city in which they grew up. “Being in the city allows us to have greater impact on the people who are there,” and increase local hiring, she said.
And for a company whose livelihood is sustainability, an urban location helps to foster a greener workplace. Bennett says that many employees, walk, bike or take public transit to work.
By promoting environmental sustainability through business-driven solutions, Bithenergy has joined the ranks of Inner City 100 companies working to create shared value in their neighborhoods and beyond. “The work we do in the sector and in the community, in Baltimore and internationally, is so attractive. We can do something cutting-edge, save money and benefit people as a whole,” said Bennett. “We’ve done a great job behind the vision of our leader and with the industry we serve.”
Read more about Bithenergy in a corresponding blog authored by Staples.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, awarded a $15 million contract Wednesday to Bithenergy Inc., a Baltimore-based small business, for a 3.1 mega-watt solar array that will complete the installation’s state grant requirement for a 5 MW solar array.
The contract, also known as a Renewable Energy Service Agreement (RESA), is the first small scale contract awarded against Huntsville Center’s Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Program Multiple Award Task Order Contract.
The 27-year RESA for the 3.1 MW array is phase two of Fort Campbell’s 5 MW solar array, which will be the largest Army solar array in Kentucky. Construction is expected to be complete in October. The RESA is being funded through third-party financing and an $800,000 grant provided by the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program. Phase one, completed in September 2015, is a 1.9 MW portion of the array being executed through a 10-year Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) with Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation and a $3.1 million Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy grant from the State of Kentucky.
Through the RESA, the Army will purchase and consume the energy that is produced at the on-site renewable energy generation facility. The contractor will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the production facilities on 25 acres of land leased from Fort Campbell during the entire contract period of performance.
The award culminates a Huntsville Center-led project development and acquisition effort, with reach-back support from the Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI), using two third party finance vehicles together (3.1 MW PPA and 1.9 MW UESC) to optimally meet the 5 MW renewable energy requirements at Fort Campbell.
“This project truly showcases how the Army can be innovative and effectively leverage the energy tool box to meet an installation’s renewable, security and resiliency needs,” said Paul Robinson, chief of Huntsville Center’s Energy Division.
Huntsville Center’s PPA Program provides life cycle project management and serves as an acquisition partner to the OEI for large renewable energy projects (10 MW or greater). Huntsville Center also provides project development and full administration of small scale renewable energy projects (less than 10 MW) in direct support to Army and Department of Defense installations.
The UESC Program negotiates contracts with local electric, gas and water utility companies that enable the utility companies to provide federal agency customers with comprehensive energy and water efficiency improvements and demand reduction services.
Robert L. Wallace, Founder of Bithenergy wins the "Unsung Hero Award" at the Small Business Association's Award Ceremony
On June 15, 2016 Dr. Robert L. Wallace was awarded the "Unsung Hero Award" at Small Business Association's Award Ceremony Luncheon. He received the award due to his unique approach to addressing economic hardships that loomed ahead of BITHGROUP Technologies during the crash of 2008. Wallace was able to shift focus to new ventures, rather than lay off employees. This dynamic idea gave birth to Bithenergy, now one of Baltimore's leading Renewable Energy Companies. Below is an excerpt from the letter to the Small Business Association, nominating Wallace for the award.
Since I began my tenure in 2004 I have watched Mr. Wallace lead our company and other small business leaders through many storms. Wallace is consistently ahead of the curve. In difficult times when other small businesses faith is failing he has a knack for knowing the precise moment to turn the corner and point our company into a new and exciting direction. He calls it a “pivot point”.
When the U.S. economy began to spiral fear struck a lot of small businesses. Our phones began to ring off the hook from small business owners seeking wisdom and guidance from Mr. Wallace. Robert encouraged each and every business owner to ride out the storm. He inspired them to find their niche, stay focused, and operate in excellence. Our company was not exempt. We were faced with some of the same issues as the other small businesses, however, Robert pivoted and introduced new lines of business in the areas of energy and biometrics to our team. Both areas of business proved to be very lucrative not only for our company but for the community in the area of job creation.
On Friday, June 3, 2016, Bithenergy received the 2016 NTA Technical Business of the Year award from the National Technical Association. Coretta Bennett, Bithenergy's COO accepted the award presented by Dr. Gbekeloluwa Oguntimein. Robert L. Wallace, the founder and CEO of Bithenergy also delivered the key note speech entitled "Technology Entrepreneurship: The Key to Power" which focused on informing youth how they can better prepare themselves to leverage technology and the entrepreneurial spirit to participate in the global economy.
The National Technical Association, Inc. was established in 1926. Its purpose was to create a medium for expressing minority professional concerns for the lack of minority participation in the mainstream of architectural and engineering activity in America.
Today this goal has not changed, but has expanded to include a major concern for the participation of minority youth in meeting the challenge of modern technology. Also for youth who have dropped from the challenge, NTA encourages them to seek allied programs to suit their interest and needs.
NTA architectural, engineering and scientific membership volunteers its services nationally to assist public institutions in identifying potential minority technical talent. Public Institutions where the service is encouraged includes high schools, colleges and in the recent past, penal institutions. NTA has spent the ensuing years gaining nation attention through its programs of encouragement to students and professionals alike. The organization has enlarged its goals beyond just gaining economic recognition to include making minority youth aware of the opportunities being made available to them.
Dr. Wallace spoke at the US News & World Report STEM Conference yesterday in Baltimore, MD. He was a panelist along with Diane Bell-McKoy, President and CEO, Associated Black Charities, M.Jason Brooke, Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel of Vasoptic Medical, Donald C. Fry, president and Chief Executive Officer of Greater Baltimore Committee, Karl Gumtow, Chief Executive Officer of Cyber point International, and Jeff Salkin (serving as the Moderator) from Maryland Public Television news Anchor.
The topic of the conference was- INDUSTRY OUTLOOK: EXPLORING Tomorrow's Job and Skills.
When Mr. Salkin asked: "What would you tell the educational institutions about the skills of their graduates?"
Dr. Wallace passionately responded that they need to teach to the future. "Don't teach to the past of the present. They need to teach the students to be prepared for where the jobs are going to be. Engineering schools need teach engineering students how to be entrepreneurs."