The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announces the opening of the FY21 Resiliency Hub Grant Program. This program provides funding to partially recompense solar/microgrid developers for costs incurred in the development and construction of Resiliency Hubs (1) within high density, Low and Moderate Income (LMI) neighborhoods (AOI 1), and (2) in community/public buildings (AOI 2) in Maryland . Funding is intended to support a solar plus energy storage system. During periods of grid outage, the solar plus energy storage system (with or without emergency generator) will be used to provide a no-cost resiliency center for the surrounding neighborhood. During grid operation, the solar and energy storage resources may be operated to reduce the cost of electricity to the hosting site.
Resiliency Hub: Resiliency hubs are designed to provide emergency heating and cooling capability; refrigeration of temperature sensitive medications and milk from nursing mothers; plug power for charging of cell phone and computer batteries; certain durable medical equipment, as well as emergency lighting. Resiliency Hubs may also be designated locations (by the city, county, or state) for the distribution of emergency services during extended grid outages. Resiliency hubs are NOT replacements for emergency shelters as they are not required to be designed to survive extreme weather. In addition, they are NOT required to have food service capabilities, showers and locker rooms.
MEA also offers grants to help offset the costs associated with conducting detailed feasibility analyses and producing engineering data, plans, and designs of resiliency hubs and other distributed energy resource (DER) systems through its Resilient Maryland program. Overcoming this initial planning and design hurdle to produce the critical proof-of-concept to decision-makers and external capital providers is an essential part of the resiliency hub planning process, and often entails notable out-of-pocket cost to entities considering their implementation. MEA's Resilient Maryland funds can significantly reduce this expense.
Carefully review the following documents which contain important program details and eligibility requirements.
Read the Notice of Grant Availability (NGA) as it provides the actual requirements for the program and the required proposal. The list provided below is only a summary of the requirements. Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document BEFORE submitting a proposal. The NGA and FAQ documents provide more information and requirements than are listed on this webpage. Project developers (which may also include cities or counties developing resiliency hubs) should include the following information:
At time of submittal, proposals must have completed steps 1 through 9. Step 10 must be completed before submitting a completion report/final invoice. Proposals (electronic or paper) must arrive by the deadline. Proposals shall be sent by email to Solar.MEA@maryland.gov. If file sizes are too large, place a copy in the US mail to:
For more questions, additional information or assistance, please contact: David Comis, Clean Energy Program Manager via email at David.Comis@Maryland.gov or (443) 908-1743. Information submitted to MEA by postal mail may have processing delays and we encourage emails and phone calls when possible.
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