The 2016 Kathleen A. P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program

​Maryland Agricultural Businesses Improve Efficiency and Add Solar for $208,676 in Annual Savings

This page references a program that was completed in early 2017. Click for information about the current grant cycle for this program please visit the Mathias grant main page.  

 Thirteen Maryland Farms and agricultural businesses leveraged MEA's FY16 Mathias Ag Program to significantly reduce energy use in their operations. Grants up to $60,000 supported the installation of eligible energy efficiency measures as well as a solar installation. Learn more about how Maryland's agriculture sector is harnessing energy efficiency and energy generation to stay competitive.
FY16 Kathleen A.P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program Results

2016 Mathias Ag Program Outcomes

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That is like avoiding the emissions from 130 Maryland homes' electricity use for a year!

Poultry Project Highlights


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Seven Maryland poultry farms were among 13 agricultural businesses that improved energy efficiency through the FY16 Mathias Ag Program. These farms are saving an average of almost $7,000 a year after completion of their operational improvements, with payback on their project costs averaging about 8 years.

Solar Project Highlights


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Milburn Orchards leveraged its Mathias Ag Program grant to combine high efficiency refrigeration upgrades with a 125 kW solar installation for total annual energy savings and generation valued at $23,000. The $318,000 project is expected to pay for itself in 14 years.