Windswept Grant Program

The Clean Energy Grant Program for wind, entitled Windswept, offers Maryland residents, businesses and non-profits the opportunity to install and manage their own wind energy systems. The program is designed to help satisfy Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), requiring 20 percent of Maryland’s Electricity be generated from renewable energy sources by 2022.

Windswept funds are available through the Residential Clean Energy Grant Program for homeowners and Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program for businesses, non-profits, and government entities.

MEA is now accepting applications for the second round of its Community Windswept Grant Program. This program expands on the original Windswept Grant by raising the Windsweptcap from $100,000 to $1,000,000 for a limited number of projects, selected on a competitive basis. Applications for this program are due by December 22, 2014.

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Guidelines for Calculations

Windswept grants are calculated based on expected turbine performance at 11 meters per second (approx. 25 miles per hour) and are scheduled as follows:

Windswept Grant Program

  • $3,000 per kilowatt of normalized capacity (normalized system capacity rated at wind speeds of 11 m/s)
  • Grant allocation not to exceed $100,000, in total

Community Windswept Grant Program

  • Lesser of either $3,000/kilowatt or 50% of the grantees' (net) cost after consideration of all other incentives
  • Up to $1 M in FY 15, subject to funding availability

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Sample Grant Calculations

Grant calculations for some common small wind turbines that have already been installed in Maryland are listed below:

Turbine Manufacturer/ Name Normalized capacity at 11m/s Grant Calculation
Bergey Windpower Excel 10 8.9 kW $26,700
Endurance Windpower S-250 4.3 kW $12,900
Endurance Windpower S-343 5.3 kW $15,900
Endurance 50kW 49 49 kW $100,000
Gaia GW133-11 kW 14.15 kW $42,450
Potomac Wind Energy American Classic 6kW 5.1 kW $15,300
Southwest Windpower Skystream 3.7 2.2 kW $6,600
Wind Turbine Industries Jacobs Model 31-20 17.5 kW $52,500
XZERES ARE 442 10 kW $30,000

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Program Notes

Windswept:

  • Wind turbine systems up to 750 kW are eligible for a Windswept grant.
  • Eligible systems must be listed above or listed on either the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC) Unified List of Wind Turbines or the Small Wind Certification Council list of certified turbines. Those lists can be found here:
  • Windswept grants are available to cover a maximum of 50% of the net cost of installation. Net cost is calculated as the installation cost reduced by federal, county or local grants or tax credits.
  • Grants are allocated on a per-property basis. Multiple grants will not be issued for multiple turbines on the same property


Community
Windswept FY 15:

  • Application deadline is December 22, 2014.
  • Community-scale projects, ranging in size from 50kW to 1.5mW, are eligible.
  • Only net-metering projects are eligible for consideration.
  • Awards will not be made to projects that start construction prior to the effective date of the Grant Agreement with MEA.
  • Please see the Notice of Grant Availability for more detailed information.

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Community Windswept Documents

The Community Windswept Program is administered under the Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program, When applying please utilize the following documents:

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