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Commercial Clean Rebate* Program

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*Effective July 1, 2019, the Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program name has been changed to the Commercial Clean Energy Rebate Program.

The State of Maryland provides Clean Energy Rebates through the Commercial Clean Energy Rebate Program (“C-CERP”) to businesses, nonprofits, local governments, and State of Maryland government agencies and departments that install clean energy systems on facilities located within the State. 

Regulations for the Clean Energy Rebate Program can be viewed here ​or below

Code of Maryland Regulations, Title 14, Subtitle 26, Chapter 04 (COMAR 14.26.04)


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The C-CERP provides Clean Energy Rebates for the following qualified clean energy systems:

     Solar Photovoltaic (“PV”) Systems
     Solar Thermal (Water Heating) Systems
     Geothermal Heat Pumps


The Maryland Energy Administration (“MEA”) encourages you to apply for a Clean Energy Rebate if your organization is a Maryland business, nonprofit, local government, or State of Maryland government agency or department that has installed a qualified clean energy system on its facility, or your organization is a Lessor/Provider that has installed a solar PV or solar thermal system on a Maryland business, nonprofit, local government, or State of Maryland government agency or department facility under a lease or Power Purchase Agreement.

The following sections discuss eligibility requirements, how to apply, and related incentive programs.​ 

Purchased System Eligibility Requirements

 

If your organization is a Maryland business, nonprofit, local government, or State of Maryland government agency or department that has purchased and installed a qualified clean energy system on its facility, the following requirements must be met to qualify for a Clean Energy Rebate:

Rebate Applicant and Property Requirements

Businesses and nonprofits must be incorporated or registered to do business in the State of Maryland.

 
Businesses and nonprofits must own the property on which the clean energy system is installed. Local governments and State of Maryland government agencies or departments with leased facilities are permitted to receive Clean Energy Rebates.

The installation property must be located within the State of Maryland.

 
If the property is held in a trust, the trust must be revocable and the Rebate Applicant (or property owner, for leased properties) must have the right to remove the property from the trust. Properties held in irrevocable trusts are not eligible.

Clean Energy Rebates cannot be awarded to projects which are deemed to create an adverse impact on the historical significance of an historical property, or historic district, as determined by the Maryland Historical Trust.  Prominent installations of clean energy systems on historic properties or properties within historic areas will not qualify for this Rebate program. Applicants can visit
Maryland's Environmental Resources and Land Information Network (“MERLIN Online”), to see if a property is recorded in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, the National Register of Historic Places, or a Maryland Historical Trust Preservation Easement.  For a building that falls within these boundaries, pre-coordination with the Maryland Historical Trust ((410) 697-9591) should be conducted before installing a prominent clean energy system. For buildings that are 45 years in age, or older, multiple photos of the front of the building taken from different locations on the street (“street view”) are recommended to help expedite the historical review process.

System Requirements


T
he clean energy system must be purchased by the Rebate Applicant. For systems under leases or power purchase agreements (PPAs), see the section entitled “Third-Party Owned System Eligibility Requirements.”

The clean energy system must be paid in full before an application for a Clean Energy Rebate is submitted to MEA.

T
he clean energy system must have all permits required by the County or local authority having jurisdiction and pass all required final inspections before an application for a Clean Energy Rebate is submitted to MEA.

Any contractor that installs the clean energy system must be licensed in the State of Maryland and install the system to the manufacturer’s specifications and in compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.

Eligible clean energy systems must meet all technology* requirements as described in Section I of the
FY20 C-CERP Terms & Conditions for Purchased Systems.

Additional Requirements


Clean Energy Rebates are limited to one award per clean energy technology per eligible property. Only one technology may be applied for on a single application.

R
ebate Applicants must meet all other requirements specified by the FY20 C-CERP Terms & Conditions for Purchased Systems.

https://energy.maryland.gov/Business/Documents/Commercial%20Purchased%20Terms%20and%20Conditions.pdf

Third-Party Owned System Eligibility Requirements

 

If your organization is the Lessor or Provider of a solar PV or solar thermal system under a lease or Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) to a Maryland business, nonprofit, local government, or State of Maryland government agency or department, the following requirements must be met to qualify for a Clean Energy Rebate:

Rebate Applicant and Property Requirements


The Lessor/Provider must be incorporated or registered to do business in the State of Maryland.

Less
ee/customer businesses and nonprofits must own the property on which the clean energy system is installed. As an exception, local governments and State of Maryland government agencies may lease the facility on which the clean energy system has been installed.

The installation property must be located within the State of Maryland.

If the property is held in a trust, the trust must be revocable and the property owner must have the right to remove the property from the trust. Properties held in irrevocable trusts are not eligible.

Clean Energy Rebates cannot be awarded to projects which are deemed to create an adverse impact on the historical significance of a historical property, as determined by the Maryland Historical Trust.  Prominent installations of clean energy systems on historic properties or properties within historic areas will not qualify for this Rebate program. Applicants can visit
Maryland's Environmental Resources and Land Information Network (“MERLIN Online”), to see if a property is recorded in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, the National Register of Historic Places, or a Maryland Historical Trust Preservation Easement.  For a building that falls within these boundaries, pre-coordination with the Maryland Historical Trust (410) 697-9591) should be conducted before installing a prominent clean energy system. For buildings that are 45 years in age, or older, multiple photos of the front of the building taken from different locations on the street (“street view”) are recommended to help expedite the historical review process.

System Requirements


The clean energy system must be under a lease agreement or Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”).

T
he installation costs for the clean energy system must be paid-in-full before an application for a Clean Energy Rebate is submitted to MEA.

The clean energy system must have all permits required by the County or local authority having jurisdiction and pass all required final inspections before an application for a Clean Energy Rebate is submitted to MEA.

Any contractor that installs the clean energy system must be licensed in the State of Maryland and install the system to the manufacturer’s specifications and in compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.

 
Eligible clean energy systems must meet all technology requirements as described in Section I of the FY20 C-CERP Terms & Conditions for Third-Party Owned Systems.

https://energy.maryland.gov/Business/Documents/Commercial%20TPO%20Terms%20and%20Conditions.pdf

Additional Requirements


Clean Energy Rebates are limited to one award per clean energy technology per eligible property. Only one technology may be applied for on a single application. 

Rebate Applicants must meet all other requirements specified by the Commercial Third Party Notice TandCs.docxCommercial Third Party Notice TandCs.docx

Rebate Amounts

 

Rebate award levels have changed from previous years. The FY-20 C-CERP award amounts are based on available funds, economies of scale, a simpler incentive design, and consideration of the cost of clean energy technologies, other incentive programs, and data analysis from past fiscal years. FY20 runs from July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. Please see the tables below for Rebate amounts.

Solar PV, Solar Thermal, and Geothermal

Eligible Solar PV, Solar Thermal, and Geothermal systems must be within the Eligible System Size ranges listed in the table below.  Systems which fall below the minimum or exceed the maximum sizes do not qualify for Clean Energy Rebates

Clean Energy Technology

Eligible System Capacity Range

Rebate Amount

Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

1-8 kW-dc

8-108 kW-dc

108-250.0 kW-dc

$1,000,

$1,000 + $150/kW *(capacity – 8 kW), $16,000 + $100/kW * (capacity – 108 kW),

$20,000 maximum

Solar Thermal (Water Heating)

10-2,000.0 sq. ft.

$20/sq. ft.,

$12,000 maximum

Geothermal

1-10 tons

10-50.0 tons

$3,000,

$3,000+$400*(capacity – 10 tons),

$12,000 maximum

 

How to Apply

 

Purchased Systems (Solar PV, Solar Thermal, and Geothermal)

If a Rebate Commitment Letter is required prior to starting the project, download, complete and submit the FY20 C-CERP Application – Purchased Systems form (below).

Commercial CERP Application with Cover Page.pdfCommercial CERP Application with Cover Page.pdf

If a Rebate Commitment Letter is not required, do not submit the Application form.  Instead, download, complete and submit the FY20 CERP Completion Certificate – Purchased Systems form (below):

Commercial CERP App - Completion Cert - with Cover Page1.pdfCommercial CERP App - Completion Cert - with Cover Page1.pdf

Once complete, please mail the application with all specified required attachments to MEA at the following address:

Maryland Energy Administration
Attn: C-CERP – New Application
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 755
Baltimore, MD 21230

Third-Party Owned Systems (Solar PV and Solar Thermal)

If a Rebate Commitment Letter is required prior to starting the project, download, complete and submit the FY20 C-CERP Application – TPO Systems form (below).

Commercial CERP Application - TPOs - With Cover Page.pdfCommercial CERP Application - TPOs - With Cover Page.pdf

If a Rebate Commitment Letter is not required, do not submit the Application form.  Instead, download, complete and submit the FY20 CERP Completion Certificate – TPO Systems form (below):

Commercial CERP Completion Cert - TPO with Cover Page.pdfCommercial CERP Completion Cert - TPO with Cover Page.pdf

Once complete, please mail the application packet with all specified required attachments to MEA at the following address:

Maryland Energy Administration
Attn: C-CERP – New Application
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 755
Baltimore, MD 21230

Check the Status of Your Application

 

Status of Submitted Applications

If you have submitted an application for a Clean Energy Rebate to MEA and would like to check the status of your application, please download and view the Open Award Status Report below. To locate your application, use the find feature in your spreadsheet viewer (usually “Ctrl+F” on Windows devices and “Command+F” on Apple devices) and search the name of the application. 

The Open Award Status Report is updated weekly:

20190814.xlsmWeekly Status Report 2019.08.14

Additional Information

 

Historic Review

NABCEP (PV Projects only)  

Projects must be completed by installation contractors who maintain at least one staff member with a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners ('NABCEP') Installation Certification; or, for companies with at least 50 employees, at least one staff member with a NABCEP Installation Certification for every 25 non-administrative employees, except if an installation contractor has been registered to do business in Maryland for less than twelve (12) months prior to the submission of an application for a Rebate.

New Regulations pursuant to the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019:

·         American Manufactured GoodsChapter 757 of the 2019 Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland includes a provision referencing the American Manufactured Goods provisions in §§ 14-416 and 17-303 of the State Finance and Procurement Article. Applicants affected by those provisions should take them into account when developing FY20 applications to SEIF-funded programs.

 

·         Project Location - (for projects requesting an MEA Rebate Commitment Letter) Effective October 1, 2019, Chapter 757 of the 2019 Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland will require at least 80% of workers participating in a SEIF-funded project or program to reside within 50 miles of the project or program. As the SEIF funds a statewide program, MEA will determine compliance based on whether at least 80% of workers participating in a SEIF-funded project reside in Maryland, or within 50 miles of Maryland's borders. Applicants should take this new requirement into account when developing FY20 applications to SEIF-funded programs. FY20 SEIF-funded agreements will contain a section further outlining this requirement, including any documentation of compliance that will be required before Rebate funds are disbursed.

Tax Status of Clean Energy Rebates

MEA does not provide tax information or tax advice. Questions should be directed to a qualified tax professional.

Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems in the RPS

Withhttps://energy.maryland.gov/_layouts/images/icpdf.gif 2012 HB 1186,* Maryland became the first state in the country to make the energy generated by geothermal heating and cooling (GHC) technologies eligible for the RPS as a Tier 1 renewable source. To qualify, the GHC technologies must meet ENERGY STAR standards and displace electric or non-natural gas heating and/or old and presumed inefficient air conditioning.

Other Resources

 
​​If you have additional questions about the Commercial Clean Energy Rebate Program, please contact David Comis, Clean Energy Program Manager, at david.comis@maryland.gov or via phone at (410) 537-4064.​

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