Project Sunburst

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) received funding through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) to promote clean, affordable, and reliable energy. As part of this initiative, MEA set aside a significant portion of this funding to promote the installation of renewable energy systems on public buildings in Maryland through Project Sunburst. In order to maximize available incentives and limit upfront costs, Project Sunburst Partners will host renewable energy systems and contract for the electricity generated through power purchase agreements (PPA).


Project Sunburst is no longer accepting applications. As of April 2011, Sunburst partners are at various stages in the construction process. Several projects are completed, with most scheduled to be commissioned by the end of June, 2011. If you're interested in installing a renewable energy systems on a public building in Maryland, apply for financial assistance through the Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program.

The MEA is pleased to announce that the following organizations have been selected as Project Sunburst Partners. The awards were announced by Governor Martin O'Malley on April 22, 2010. When complete, the addition of these projects will nearly triple the solar capacity currently on the grid.

Sunburst Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Project

Award Amount ($)

Installed Capacity (kW)

MD Port Administration, Cruise Terminal on Pier, Baltimore



City of Baltimore, Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant, Baltimore



MD Transit Authority, Bus Repair Facility, Baltimore



MD Airport Authority, BWI's Daily Parking Garage Roof, Baltimore



Town of Hancock, County Building, Hancock



Prince George’s County, Community Center, Beltsville



NE MD Waste Disposal Authority, New Cut Road Landfill, Ellicott City



NE MD Waste Disposal Authority, Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station, Derwood



Anne Arundel County, Combined Support Services Complex, Millersville



St. Mary's County Public Schools, George Washington Carver Elementary School, Lexington Park



Frederick County Public Schools, Oakdale High School, Ijamsville



Talbot County, Talbot County Community Center, Easton



Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold



Coppin State University, Physical Education Building, Baltimore



Harford County, Public Schools, Bel Air



University of MD at College Park, University of Maryland, College Park


Total awardees: 16 $8,813,060.00 8,813 kW


How to Apply

Project Sunburst is no longer accepting applications.

Additional Requirements

Grant Resources

Buy American Guidance

Davis-Bacon Guidance and Wage Determinations

Maryland Department of Transportation Directory of Certified MBE and/or DBE Firms

Additional Information

MEA will provide a rebate of up to $1,000 per kilowatt-DC of photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed.  These funds will be transferred from MEA to a Project Sunburst partner upon successful signing of a financeable PPA contract between the Sunburst partner and a renewable energy service provider, provided all requirements, terms and conditions have been met. If financing cannot be acquired, or other conditions prohibit the completion of the renewable energy project, the Sunburst partner must return the funds to MEA. 


This agreement between MEA and Project Sunburst partner covers:

  • Grant Funding
  • Technical Support

Technical Support

There may be transaction costs associated with contracting for renewable energy. MEA’s goal is to reduce, to the extent possible, transaction costs related to identification of project host sites, request for proposal (RFP) development and evaluation, and power purchase agreement development and execution by sharing best practices between Sunburst partners and potentially retaining technical consultants to provide necessary support. MEA may provide other support as necessary, including assistance with Solar Renewable Energy Credits.

Questions and Comments

Please address questions and comments via e-mail to Kevin Lucas at