The Maryland Energy Administration ("MEA") offers the Residential Clean Energy Grant Program ("R-CEGP") to eligible Maryland homeowners who have installed qualified clean energy systems at their homes.
Using the link below, you can begin a residential solar photovoltaic ("PV"), solar hot water, or geothermal heating and cooling grant application using the Electronic Application System for the R-CEGP.
Please note: The personal email address of the Grant Applicant (owner and resident of the property where the clean energy system is installed) must be provided. A contractor's email address cannot be provided in lieu of the Grant Applicant's email address. The Applicant will receive all correspondence regarding the application. If the contractor is selected as the primary point of contact on the application, the contractor's email address will typically be copied on electronic correspondence from MEA, as deemed appropriate by MEA. Applicants without a valid email address must complete the paper application available in the section entitled "The Grant Process" below.
After MEA receives an online application, an email will be sent from email@example.com to the Applicant containing a signature sheet that MUST be printed out, completed and signed by the Applicant, and mailed to MEA. The application is not considered submitted until MEA receives the completed signature sheet. MEA will not review an application until MEA receives the completed signature sheet. If you do not receive a signature sheet, please check your inbox and/or spam folder for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org containing your signature sheet.
Note to Contractors assisting Grant Applicants with the R-CEGP application process: At the same time information is submitted online as part of an electronic application, please instruct the customer to look for an email from email@example.com which contains the signature sheet that must be reviewed for accuracy, printed, filled out (to include signature, date, and social security number), and physically mailed back to MEA in order to complete the application.
Paper copies of the Residential Clean Energy Grant Application can be found under the section entitled "The Grant Process" below.
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 25% of energy sold in Maryland in 2020 come from qualified renewable energy resources, with 2% coming from qualified in-state solar resources.
MEA has 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:
New Geothermal Heating & Cooling (GHC) System
(New Well Field and HVAC Equipment)
Geothermal Heating & Cooling (GHC) System Replacement
(Existing Well Field & Replacement of HVAC Equipment)
Stick Burning Stove
Pellet Burning Stove
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.
Please note that the Installed Capacity Range reflects eligible system sizes. Projects larger than the capacities listed in the chart above are ineligible.
If your application status on the "Open Application Status Report" shows as "Awaiting Signature Sheet," your electronic application is incomplete. Please check your email inbox or spam folder for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org containing your signature sheet. This form needs to be printed, signed, and physically mailed back to the Maryland Energy Administration to complete your 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.
Grants issued by the State of Maryland may be taxable. As the Maryland Energy Administration is unable to give tax advice, any tax-related questions should be directed to a qualified tax professional.
Regulations for the Clean Energy Grant Program
Regulations for the Clean Energy Grant Program can be viewed here.
Electricity suppliers must purchase and retire SRECs in order to meet their compliance obligations under the law, or pay a Solar Alternative Compliance Payment (SACP) for any shortfalls in SREC purchases.
To help Maryland business owners realize the benefits of solar energy, Maryland manages the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) program. Owners of solar PV and hot water systems can earn and sell SRECs (equivalent to 1 Megawatt hour) based on the amount of energy their solar system produces on the open market.
In order to begin producing SRECs for the Maryland RPS, a solar generator must apply for certification as a qualifying generator from the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). Beginning in 2012, to be eligible for use for Maryland RPS compliance, SRECs must come from qualifying solar facilities connected to the distribution grid serving Maryland.
With 2012 HB 1186, Maryland became the first state in the country to make the energy generated by geothermal heating and cooling (GHC) technologies eligible for the RPS as a Tier 1 renewable source. To qualify, the GHC technologies must meet ENERGY STAR standards and displace electric or non-natural gas heating and/or old and presumed inefficient air conditioning. Homeowners will be eligible to receive Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for GHC systems that are commissioned on or after January 1, 2013.
For more information or assistance, email email@example.com or call 410-537-4000.
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 755, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 537-4000 | 1-800-72-ENERGY