The Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) wind energy program focuses on three categories of deployments: residential, community and commercial scale projects. Through its various Windswept Grant Programs, educational outreach, and Anemometer Loan Program, MEA provides support to Maryland residents, businesses, government entities and non-profits wishing to install wind energy systems. These programs will help satisfy Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, requiring 20 percent of Maryland’s electricity to be generated from renewable energy sources by 2022.
See the information below to determine whether your project is eligible for assistance under the Residential, Commercial or Community Windswept Grant Program.
MEA defines Community wind as a wind energy project that provides a benefit to the local community. These projects are larger than residential projects, but far smaller than utility scale wind farms. A typical community wind project could be a 750kW turbine providing electricity to an educational institution or a 1MW turbine providing electricity to a local government owned facility.
To view our Community Wind Webinar, click here
MEA conducts three outreach events per year at locations throughout the State. See event information below to find out when MEA’s Community Wind Outreach will be near you.
Anemometer Loan Program (Community Scale Projects)
Through the Anemometer Loan Program, potential community wind project sites can obtain measuring devices that quantify and characterize the wind resources at a given location. The Anemometer Loan Program is being administered by Alpha Energy in partnership with MEA.
To apply, please contact Alpha Energy to first determine whether your site would be a viable candidate for the Anemometer Loan Program.
Competitive Community Windswept Grant Program
At this time, no Community Windswept Grant funding is available. Please check in the future to determine if/when another Community Windswept Grant Program will be released.
MEA offers a Windswept Grant to homeowners, businesses, non-profits and government entities. Windswept grants are calculated based on expected turbine performance at 11 meters per second (approximately 25 miles per hour).
Windswept Grant Program Notes:
Grant calculations for some common small wind turbines that have already been installed in Maryland are listed below:
If you have additional questions, please contact:
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 755, Baltimore, MD 21230