FY24 Solar Canopy and Dual Use Technology Grant Program

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Solar parking canopies supported by a Maryland Energy Administration grant sit next to the rooftop solar array at the IKEA Baltimore location  photo credit: IKEA Baltimore ​

Program Description:  This program provides grant funding to support the installation of solar systems that provide multiple uses for land and water. The grant may be used for Solar Canopies on parking lots and parking garages, which include the installation of at least four (4) Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle chargers under or around the solar canopy. While solar canopies over parking lots and waterborne solar installations are specifically included, other dual use opportunities may be proposed for consideration.     

NEW: As a pilot for FY24, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has added a new incentive category:  a parking lot solar canopy used as a community solar array, that provides resilient power to critical infrastructure, or to one or more business(es) or organization(s) that are important for community continuity and wellbeing in power outage and emergency situations. Community solar arrays that support Maryland Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI), overburdened, and disadvantaged communities are strongly preferred.

Program Purpose:  To support the installation of solar as a dual use for land and water sites. 

See previous awards for solar on parking lots and garages from FY22 here.

Type of Program:  Competitive – statewide grant program

Program Application Deadline:  Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at 3:00 P.M. EST

 Anticipated Program Budget: MEA anticipates providing at least $1,400,000 in grants from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF).  However, this amount may be increased based on the quality and quantity of applications received. Some of the potential additional funding is geographically--restricted by statute.  For more information, please see the Funding Opportunity Announcement below.​

Program Documents:

For more information, contact MEA regarding the Solar Canopy Grant Program by email at david.comis@maryland.gov​ or by phone at 410-537-4064 to speak with David Comis, the MEA program manager.

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