Update: Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order on March 12th mandating teleworking for non-essential state employees across all state agencies in response to COVID-19. The staff of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has been preparing for this possibility and will continue working to serve Marylanders.
During this time, MEA program staff can be reached via email at CERP.MEA@Maryland.gov To expedite the application review process, Commercial Clean Energy Rebate Program applications can be emailed to the MEA as long as the application does not contain personally identifiable information. Applications may have processing times impacted by an office closure due to public health.
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.
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
Rebate Applicant and Property
and nonprofits must be registered to do business in the State
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 owned - or leased-facilities are permitted to receive Clean Energy Rebates.The
installation property must be located within the State of Maryland.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 or MEA's in-house historical preservation expert (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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:
Applicant and Property Requirements
Some rebate award
levels have changed from previous fiscal years. FY21 runs from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. Please see the tables below for rebate amounts.
Solar Thermal, and Geothermal
Eligible Solar PV, Solar Thermal, and
Geothermal systems must be within the Eligible System capacity ranges listed in the
table below. Systems which fall below the minimum or
exceed the maximum sizes do not qualify for Clean Energy Rebates
System Capacity Range
+ $150/kW *(capacity – 8 kW)
Thermal (Water Heating)
– 10 tons),
Purchased Systems (Solar PV, Solar
Thermal, and Geothermal)
If a Rebate Commitment Letter is being sought prior to starting a project, for a purchased system, download, complete and submit the FY21 C-CERP Application
– Purchased Systems form (below).
Commercial CERP Application Final 8.10.2020
If a Rebate Commitment Letter is not being sought prior to the start of a project involving a purchased system, do not submit the application form. Instead, download, complete and submit the FY21 CERP Completion Certificate form (below):
Commercial CERP Completion Certificate 8.10 830P
Third-Party Owned Systems (Solar PV
and Solar Thermal)
If a Rebate Commitment Letter is being sought prior to starting a project that will have third-party ownership, download, complete and submit the FY21 C-CERP Application – TPO Systems form (below).
Commercial CERP Application - TPOs 8.10.2020
If a Rebate Commitment Letter is not being sought, do not submit the Application form.
Instead, download, complete and submit the FY21 CERP Completion
Certificate – TPO Systems form (below):
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.
Open Award Status Report (Generally updated by the end of the day on Wednesday each week):
Weekly Status Report 2020.11.25
NABCEP (PV 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 requirements pursuant to the
Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019:
· American Manufactured Goods – Chapter 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 that receive a Commercial Clean Energy Program Commitment Letter prior to the project being constructed will be required to certify compliance with this requirement.
· Project Location - For
projects receiving an MEA Clean Energy Rebate Program Commitment Letter), and for which the rebate recipient will directly hire workers to install the project: Chapter
757 of the 2019 Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland requires 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 Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF) funded project reside in Maryland,
or within 50 miles of Maryland's borders. The Commercial Clean Energy Rebate Program is SEIF-funded. Therefore, applicants who have received an MEA commitment letter and have directly hired workers that are installing the project will be required to retain records and certify compliance with this requirement before Rebate funds are disbursed.
Status of Clean Energy Rebates
does not provide tax information or tax advice. Questions should be
directed to a qualified tax professional.
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