The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is excited to announce the opening of the FY17 Parking Lot Solar PV Canopy with EV Charger Grant Program (Solar Canopy Grant Program). The Solar Canopy Grant Program combines Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard goal for solar with the State’s ongoing support of electric vehicle infrastructure. There is a significant amount of parking lot space in Maryland, in urban lots and garages, as well as in the large parking areas associated with the shopping centers and businesses of our less densely populated suburban areas. The Program will capture some of the unrealized potential of these facilities by installing solar photovoltaics while still allowing parking services to be offered. These projects will result in increased clean electricity generation sited close to local electrical loads, and increased locations for plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) to charge.
In order to drive down the initial costs associated with installing solar PV canopy systems, MEA will award grants to qualified applicants on a competitive basis, within two specified Areas of Interest (AOI). Area of Interest I (AOI I) will be accepting applications from business, non-profits, and local governments while Area of Interest II (AOI II) will focus on State agencies. Selected grantees meeting grant program requirements and restrictions will receive an award in of up to $300/kW of installed solar PV capacity, with a cap of $150,000 per project. For details regarding the grant program requirements and restrictions, please see the Parking Lot PV/EV Notice of Grant Availability.
For more questions, additional information or assistance, please contact David Comis.
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 755, Baltimore, MD 21230