Streetlight and Outdoor Lighting Efficiency FY24 Grant Program

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Program Description: The Streetlight and Outdoor Lighting Efficiency (SOLE) program makes grants available to eligible entities to defray the cost of replacing outdated, less efficient pole-mounted fixtures used for street lighting, parking lot illumination, parks, athletic fields and other outdoor lighting systems, along with implementing certain lighting controls. ​​
 
Program Purpose: To identify, catalog, and install efficient LED street and outdoor lighting systems that replace existing inefficient ones. 
 
Type of Program: First-come, first-served. Grants will be issued to eligible projects until program funding is depleted. The SOLE Program is divided into two areas of interest (AOI). 

  • AOI.1: Pole-mounted street lighting for any vehicular or pedestrian rights-of-way, as well as parking lots.  
  • AOI.2: Exterior pole-mounted lighting for athletic fields or parks.
Program Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. ET, on March 8th, 2024; applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.
 
Anticipated Program Budget: A total of up to $1,000,000 is expected to be available in FY24. The grant funds will be made available to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Eligible Applicants: Maryland non-profit organizations, state agencies, local governments and
incorporated cities, public and private schools, and community colleges. Applicants must be in
Good Standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT).

Program Documents:
For more information, contact MEA regarding the SOLE program by email at  lighting.mea@maryland.gov or by phone at 410.537.4070 to speak with Briggs Cunningham, SOLE Program Manager.

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