Community Wind Grant Program


The Community Wind Grant Program (CWGP) provides grants to encourage the development of community scale wind projects in Maryland. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) defines a community wind project as “a distributed wind energy project that benefits a local community.”

The program is open to businesses, non-profits, and State, Local, and Municipal governments and their agencies/institutions on a first come, first served basis. Projects that are either purchased or owned by a third party are eligible for the Community Wind Grant Program. In fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018), MEA has a budget of up to $1 million available for the Residential and Community Wind Grant Programs combined. All Community Wind Grants are subject to funding availability.

Applicants must follow all instructions and satisfy all requirements throughout the application process as specified in the dropdown menu(s) below and on application forms.

Incentive

 

The Program is designed to utilize a tiered approach, with smaller systems receiving a higher kW capacity incentive than larger systems. Grant awards range in size from $1000/kW to $4000/kW per project, based on system size (review incentive table below) and are awarded on a first come, first serve basis, up to available funding levels.

Community wind grants cannot exceed the lessor of 50 percent of net cost of installation or the dollar amount cap as specified in the incentive table below. Net cost is calculated as the installation cost reduced by other incentives such as grants or tax credits provided by Federal, State, County, or Local governments. Wind turbines eligible under Tier 1 (nameplate capacity between 1 – 25 kW) have additional requirements and special conditions as discussed in further detail in the ‘Requirements’ section below.  

 

​FY 2018 Community Wind Grant Program Incentives
​Tier ​Capacity (kW) ​Grant per kW ​Grant Cap ($) ​Net Cost (%)
​1* ​1 - 25 ​$    4,000.00 ​$  100,000.00 50.00%
​2 ​26 - 50 ​$    3,500.00 ​$  175,000.00
​3 ​51 - 100 ​$    3,000.00 ​$  300,000.00
​4 ​101 - 250 ​$    2,500.00 ​$  400,000.00
​5 ​251 - 500 ​$    1,500.00 ​$  500,000.00
​6 ​501 - 750 ​$    1,000.00 ​$  600,000.00

*Tier 1 is designed to match the Residential Wind Grant Program incentive and requirement structure. Click here for more information.

Requirements

 

​Wind Turbine Requirements

  • Applicants must ensure proposed projects comply with Wind Turbine Restrictions as specified in the Agriculture Article, §2-513, Annotated Code of Maryland and the Maryland Code of Regulations 15.15.14.06.
  • Applicants must ensure proposed projects comply with their local county’s ordinances for wind energy systems. MEA has compiled a list of county ordinances for wind energy systems which can be found here.

 

Tier 1 Requirements and Special Conditions

As shown in the Community Wind Grant (FY 2018) incentive chart, the incentive levels are broken into tiers based on capacity. The Community Wind Tier 1 incentive is designed to match the Residential Wind Grant Program incentive and requirement structure. The following conditions are exclusive to eligible systems in Tier 1.

 

Program Requirements

  • Installations must be located in Maryland.
  • A project may not receive more than one grant.
  • Applications have to be submitted to MEA within 12 months of installation.
  • MEA cannot offer grants to a perperty held in a trust.
  • Multiple projects on continguous parcels of property will be considered one project.

 

Application Process

 

Please be sure to review and follow all program documents, instructions, and requirements before submitting a Community Wind Grant Application to MEA. Grant applications must include a Primary Point of Contact (PPC). The PPC is responsible for ensuring grant documentation is submitted in a timely, accurate, and complete manner.

The Community Wind Grant Program offers Applicants the option to complete a one-step application process for projects constructed within the last twelve (12) months or a two-step application process for projects that need a definitive grant funding commitment before project construction.

One Step Process - Application

 

Two Step Process - Application

 

Two Step Process - Completion Certificate

 

Submission

Please download the Application Form, complete it according to the provided instructions, and mail it to:

Maryland Energy Administration

Attn: Community Wind Grant Program

1800 Washington Blvd, Suite 755

Baltimore, MD 21230

 

Other Incentives

Resources

 

MEA has compiled a number of useful resources that will help you understand the basics of wind energy, deployment of small and community scale wind projects, and how you can plan a career in the wind energy industry.

Click Here to Learn More

 

​​Contact

For questions, suggestions or more information, please contact Samuel Beirne via e-mail at wind.mea@maryland.gov​ or phone at 410-537-4090.​​

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