Update: Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order on March 12, 2020 mandating teleworking for non-essential state employees across all state agencies in response to COVID-19. With this in mind, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) encourages that all correspondence and reporting regarding the CHP Program be submitted via email to CHP.MEA@Maryland.gov.
During this time, MEA CHP Program Manager Brandon Bowser can most easily be reached via email at BrandonW.Bowser@Maryland.gov or via phone at (443) 306-0304. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate your understanding.
MEA thanks all Applicants for their proposals submitted to the FY20 CHP Grant Program. All remaining applications are currently under review and will be processed in the order in which they were received.
MEA is pleased to announce the launch of the Fiscal Year 2020 (“FY20”) Combined Heat and Power Grant Program. The program is designed to further encourage Combined Heat and Power (CHP) growth in the State. This $4.2 Million first come, first served program will target eligible commercial, industrial, institutional, and critical infrastructure facilities (including healthcare, wastewater treatment, and essential state and local government facilities). Note: As part of the PHI/Exelon Merger, up to $3.5 Million of the $4.2 Million program budget is reserved for projects being implemented in PEPCO and Delmarva Power Territories.
Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Please review the Notice of Grant Availability in the How to Apply section below for more details on review and eligibility requirements.
MEA hosted two (2) informational webinars which covered how to submit a successful application with all required information and documents on September 17 and October 3, 2019. Please see the "Informational Webinar" section below for a copy of the presentation slides.
Grants are awarded as projects are deemed eligible throughout the duration of the Program. The Award Number, Grantee Organization, Nameplate CHP System Capacity, Award Amount, and Project Location are available in the table below. Updates are made as Grants are executed.
Last Update: May 6, 2020
The FY20 MEA CHP grant program will provide grants to encourage the implementation of CHP technologies in eligible commercial, industrial, institutional, agricultural, educational, and critical infrastructure facilities (including healthcare, wastewater treatment, and essential state and local government facilities), and to encourage the implementation of CHP technologies that leverage biogas/biomass as a fuel source in commercial, industrial, institutional, and critical infrastructure facilities.
Individual grants range in size from up to $425/kW to up to $575/kW, based on the size of the CHP system, with a maximum per project cap of $500,000, subject to funding availability.
CHP eCatalog: Applicants are strongly encouraged to utilize the U.S. Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) CHP eCatalog when considering CHP systems for their facilities. This comprehensive catalog of packaged CHP systems allows for searching and filtering of technically vetted systems based upon the facility’s energy needs and site characteristics. To access the CHP eCatalog, visit the U.S. DOE’s website at https://chp.ecatalog.lbl.gov/.
Note on MICRO-CHP: MICRO-CHP Projects, meaning projects which are 60 KW or less, are eligible for up to 50% of the total project cost, after all other incentives and rebates are applied, with a maximum of $75,000. Micro-CHP Projects must be cost-effective to be eligible for the up to 50% incentive, otherwise, projects will be eligible for incentives at $575 per kw. Projects must be based in Delmarva or Pepco Power Service territories to be eligible and must participate in their utility incentive programs.
For more information, read our Notice of Availability (NOTE: Updated February 11, 2020)
In addition, the Applicant must be in good standing in the State of Maryland. For Certificate of Status information please see the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation webpage.
Note on showcasing: The Maryland Energy Administration showcases selected projects to demonstrate how MEA energy programs are benefiting Maryland residents and businesses. If selected for award, please note that the MEA grant agreement will contain participation requirements for project showcasing
For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions.
MEA hosted two (2) informational webinar sessions which gave an overview on CHP technology, the CHP Grant Program, and how to submit a successful application on September 17 and October 3, 2019. Please click the link below for a copy of the presentation slides utilized during these sessions.
FY20 CHP Webinar Slides
NOTE: These webinar slides indicate that $4.1 Million is available. As of October 8, 2019, the Program budget has been increased to $4.2 Million.
Effective January 7, 2020, Grantees across all Program Years are only required to submit progress reports on a quarterly basis in accordance with the reporting timeframes and due dates specified below:
Grantees are still required to comply with reporting and reimbursement request requirements for the Groundbreaking and Commissioning incentive portions of their Grant awards, as defined by their respective Grant Agreements.
Online Reporting Portal Links
Attachment B - Quarterly Status Report
If Grantees do not wish to utilize the online reporting portals above, the downloadable versions of these reports provided below can instead be filled out and submitted to MEA:
Attachment C - Groundbreaking Report and Disbursement Request
Attachment D - Commissioning Report and Final Disbursement Request
Completed forms can be emailed to MEA at CHP.MEA@Maryland.gov or sent via mail to:
Maryland Energy AdministrationAttn: CHP Grant Program1800 Washington Blvd, Ste 755Baltimore, MD 21230
Any questions or concerns regarding the reporting requirements above should be directed to Ms. Meg Cefail, Grants Administrator, at Margaret.Cefail@Maryland.gov or via phone at 410-537-4084.
Applicants looking for additional sources of funding for CHP systems may be eligible for low-interest financing (up to 2.0% APR) through MEA's energy efficiency loan program:
Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan Program
Applicants may also be interested in the following commercial energy programs for other measures at their facilties:
Resilient Maryland Program
Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural Grant Program
Data Center Energy Efficiency Program
Commercial Clean Energy Rebate Program
Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program
Maryland Energy Infrastructure Program
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 toward a qualified tax professional.
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