Combined Heat and Power Grant Program

Announcement: The FY17 Grant program is now closed. MEA intends to announce details about the FY18 CHP Grant Program in Mid-Summer 2017. Please contact mea.chp@maryland.gov to be added to the mailing list for program announcements. The following is an archive of the FY17 Program information.

​​In support of Maryland’s ongoing efforts to enable sustainable energy development, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is announcing a newly enhanced program in fiscal year 2017 (FY17 begins on 7/1/2016 and ends 6/30/2017) designed to further encourage Combined Heat and Power (CHP) growth.  Promoted under the name “MEA CHP FY17 Grant Program”, the FY17 program will target eligible industrial facilities and critical infrastructure facilities (including healthcare, wastewater treatment, and essential state and local government facilities).

Program Description

The FY17 MEA CHP grant program will provide grants to encourage the implementation of CHP technologies in eligible industrial facilities, critical infrastructure facilities (including healthcare, wastewater treatment, and essential state and local government facilities), and to encourage the implementation of CHP technologies that leverage biogas/biomass as a fuel source in industrial and critical infrastructure facilities.  

Individual grants range in size from up to $425/kW to up to $575/kW, based on the size of the CHP system, with a maximum per project cap of $500,000, subject to funding availability.

For more information, read our Notice of Availability​​.

Project Requirements

At a minimum CHP projects must:
  • Be located in Maryland at an eligible facility;
  • Projects must have materials onsite and official groundbreaking must occur by January 1, 2018.
  • Projects must be installed and fully commissioned by January 1, 2019.
  • Have an anticipated annual CHP system efficiency of at least 60%, on a Higher Heating Value (HHV) basis; and
  • Satisfy all applicable regulatory and environmental requirements.

For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions​​.

How to Apply

Application materials must be submitted by February 15, 2017. 

However, since the grant selection will be determined primarily on a first-come first-served basis, applicants are encouraged to submit a complete application as soon as possible.


Reporting Resources for existing Grantees

​​The following are key dates in the program timeline:
  • September 2016: The program opens for applications on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • December 2016: Target date for announcing the initial group of first-come, first served grant decisions to successful applicants.  Grant decisions are announced to successful applicants as they are approved and to the general public once grant agreements are fully executed.
  • Februar​y 15, 2017: The application period closes.
  • April 2017: Target date for execution of all grants. Grant agreements will be executed with the respective Grantee as they become approved. Announcement of grant program participants to the general public, once grant agreements are fully executed.
  • January 1, 2018: All grantees must have material onsite and official groundbreaking ceremony.
  • January 1, 2019: All systems must be fully commissioned.

For questions or additional information about the MEA CHP Program, please contact the Program Manager, Rory Spangler, at 443-694-8007 or Rory.Spangler@Maryland.gov​.