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omptroller Franchot Honors TimberRock with Bright Lights Award

Frederick firm lowers energy costs for Maryland businesses

FREDERICK, Md. (April 11, 2017) — Comptroller Peter Franchot today honored TimberRock Advanced Energy with the Bright Lights Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Frederick County. The award was presented at a ceremony at the company’s headquarters in historic downtown Frederick.

“Maryland is home to some of the most innovative and dynamic entrepreneurs in the world, and TimberRock is a shining example of the cutting-edge advancements taking place across our great state,” said Comptroller Franchot. “Following the lead of its founder, Brent Hollenbeck, TimberRock has helped thousands of Marylanders deploy new energy solutions that lower costs while improving sustainability.

The Bright Lights Award recognizes and celebrates innovation in the private and nonprofit sectors that strengthen Maryland’s economy, generate jobs and tax revenue and develop new ideas that more effectively deliver services and products within the marketplace. One winner from each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City will receive the award.

“It is a great honor to receive the Bright Lights Award. At both local and state levels, Maryland has been a leader in the advanced energy economy,” said TimberRock CEO Brent Hollenbeck. “We thank Comptroller Franchot and the State of Maryland for this award, for supporting energy innovation and empowering entrepreneurs throughout Maryland.”

TimberRock Advanced Energy is a next-generation energy services company that operates the Smart Energy Co-Op of Maryland whose mission is to make new energy solutions simple, low-risk and affordable for energy consumers. The Smart Energy Co-Op is a voluntary, free and member-directed organization that leverages the volume of its membership to deliver a comprehensive suite of next-generation energy services more simply, at lower risk and at lower cost than could be achieved independently. Combined, these new energy services can dramatically lower energy costs, significantly increase economic competitiveness and support new job creation. To learn more, visit

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