Decarbonizing Public Schools Program

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***REVISED FOAs FOR THE FY24 PUBLIC SCHOOL DECARBONIZATION PROGRAM HAVE BEEN POSTED UNDER THE PROGRAM DOCUMENTS SECTION***​​

Program Description: The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), in partnership with the Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC), is pleased to announce the Funding Opportunity Announcement for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Decarbonizing Public Schools Program to help Local Education Agencies (LEAs) develop capacity and advance strategies for promoting clean and efficient energy use within their portfolio of current and future K-12 schools and support facilities.

Program Purpose: The overall intent of the Decarbonizing Public Schools Program is to prepare LEAs, also known as school districts, to expand their capacity to manage energy data and to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions while designing for future high-performance schools. The program will provide approximately $24.8 million in funding from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund and Alternative Compliance Program to help LEAs develop and expand their capacity to address ongoing challenges and opportunities for controlling costs through energy data management, net zero energy design considerations for public school portfolio planning​, solar installations and energy efficiency upgrades. Grant funding will be offered for multiple areas of interest (AOI).

Type of Program: Formula and Competitive, with consideration of need. Applicants may apply for funding to support one or multiple AOIs, for either their entire school district, for a significantly sized multi-facility subset or for individual school facilities. 

Funding: A total of $24.8 million is expected to be available. The amount may vary depending on the quantity and quality of applications received.

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Maryland Clean Energy Center:
MCEC​ serves as a statewide green bank with a mission to transform the energy economy in Maryland by increasing clean energy jobs, driving commercialization of technological innovations, and enabling consumer adoption of clean energy products and services. MCEC facilitates access to capital through leveraged or direct investment and operates financing programs targeted to serve various consumer audiences and underserved communities. The Center provides specialized procurement and technical support in order to facilitate and expedite project implementation.

For more information, contact MEA regarding by email the Decarbonizing Public Schools Program at schools.mea@maryland.gov​.

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