To help Maryland business owners invest in clean energy, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) provides grants for solar photovoltaic systems, solar water heating, geothermal heating & cooling, and wind turbine systems at incentive levels outlined in the two charts below.
For information on the new Parking Lot Solar PV Canopy with Electric Vehicle Charger Program, please see our Parking Lot PV/EV Program page.
Increasing the amount of renewable energy is one of the State's key policy goals. The Maryland Energy Administration is tasked with achieving the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Currently, the RPS requires that 20% of energy sold in Maryland in 2022 come from qualified renewable energy resources, with 2% coming from qualified solar resources.
As of July 1, 2012, MEA recalculated the clean energy grant incentives based on several factors including available funds, economies of scale, a desire for more equitable distribution of funds, the cost of clean energy technologies, capacity factors, potential annual production, and data analysis from past clean energy awards. In September 2012, MEA adjusted the SWH installed capacity ranges, but kept the same total award cap, to encourage larger installed systems. Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program (CEGP) projects are eligible for either Small or Large Commercial grants, depending on installed capacity as defined in the following tables:
Grants are allocated on a first come/first served basis across technologies and are subject to change in amount and existence based on funding availability.
The project requirements are as follows:
Projects that are installed on or after July 1, 2014, must be completed by installation contractors who maintain at least one staff member with a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners ("NABCEP") installation certification; or, for companies with at least 50 employees, at least one staff member with a NABCEP Installation Certification for every 25 non-administrative employees, except if an installation contractor has been registered to do business in Maryland for less than 12 months prior to the submission of an application for a grant.
Please download the Application Form, complete it according to the provided instructions, and mail it to:
Maryland Energy AdministrationAttn: Residential Clean Energy Grant Program1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 755Baltimore, MD 21230
The following is a basic overview of the Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program process:
Grant applications must indicate who will be the Primary Point of Contact (PPC). The PPC is responsible for ensuring grant documentation is submitted in a timely, accurate, and complete manner. Please note the Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program is a two-step process.
There are two packages that the PPC must complete:
Purchased (Customer-owned) Systems
Third Party-owned (TPO) Systems
Please contact MEA for copies of the Third Party-owned (TPO) Application Form and Completion Certificate.
If you are a solar leasing company operating in Maryland, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a grant lease application.
Since MEA is required to assess the impact of Clean Energy Grants on historic resources, applicants must "pre-screen" their projects to reduce the odds of applications being rejected on historic preservation grounds. Prominent installations of clean energy systems on historic properties or properties within historic areas will not qualify for this grant program.
If you have any additional questions, you can contact MEA's historic preservation specialist via email at DLhistoric_MEA@maryland.gov.
Projects that are installed on or after July 1, 2014, have to be completed by installation contractors who maintain at least one staff member with a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners ("NABCEP") Installation Certification; or, for companies with at least 50 employees, at least one staff member with a NABCEP Installation Certification for every 25 non-administrative employees, except if an installation contractor has been registered to do business in Maryland for less than 12 months prior to the submission of an application for a grant.
The Maryland Office of the Comptroller has determined that, based on IRS rules, a state grant is considered taxable income. Therefore, a Form 1099-G will be issued for grants received through the Clean Energy Grant Program. They should be reported as income on federal tax returns.
Update (July 20, 2012): The Clean Energy Grant Program is operating under new program funding authority - the Strategic Energy Investment Fund - which affects how clean energy technologies are taxed. As of July 2012, all clean energy grants may now be taxable at the federal and state level - a change from previous funding authority which exempted clean energy grants from being considered taxable income at the state level. Applicants should consult a qualified tax professional for additional information.
For more information or assistance, email email@example.com or call 410-537-4000.
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 755, Baltimore, MD 21230