Resilient Maryland Program

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  Above: Microgrid installed at Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters Photo Credit: Montgomery County, MD
  

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, MEA encourages that all correspondence and reporting regarding the Resilient Maryland Program be submitted via email to RMP.MEA@Maryland.gov.

During this time, MEA Resilient Maryland 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.


***APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED FOR FY20***

 

MEA congratulates the MEA-Resilient-Maryland-FY-20-Award-List.pdfFY20 Resilient Maryland Awardees

 

The Maryland Energy Administration (“MEA”) is pleased to announce the FY20 Resilient Maryland Pilot incentive program (“Resilient Maryland”) aimed at driving growth in the adoption of Microgrid and other distributed generation energy systems which provide cleaner, affordable, and reliable power to key entities across the State of Maryland. Solar photovoltaics (“PV”), advanced combined heat and power (“CHP”), and energy storage provide long-term affordable energy and resilient power to bolster essential infrastructure, vulnerable communities and businesses and organizations sensitive to energy disruption.

Resilient Maryland provides an opportunity to identify potential ways to incorporate clean energy and distributed energy by providing grant funding for eligible organizations and governments to identify, plan and design microgrids, resilient facility power systems, advanced CHP and resiliency hubs. The program is designed to attract local governments seeking to bolster essential services (e.g., fire, rescue, emergency shelters), economic development districts seeking to attract new industries, academic organizations,  businesses seeking high quality power (e.g., biotech, datacenters), multi-family housing communities (e.g., senior housing, advanced care facilities, vulnerable communities), hospitals and medical facilities where failure is not an option, electric vehicle charging sites and others seeking highly reliable, resilient, clean and affordable energy.

This Program provides funds necessary to plan and design shovel-ready projects that will: bolster local governmental essential services; attract new industries to economic development districts; provide resilient and efficient energy to academic organizations; and provide high-quality power to businesses, multifamily housing communities, hospitals and medical institutions. In addition, completed projects will contribute to meeting Maryland's sustainability initiatives.

Program Overview

 

Resilient Maryland provides funds to businesses, organizations, utilities, government agencies, and other industry stakeholders for the feasibility, financial and societal cost-benefit, and engineering analysis necessary to identify Microgrid, CHP, and Resiliency Hub candidate sites. The program calls for proposals in four (4) Areas of Interest (“AOIs”):

  • AOI 1: Community/Campus Microgrid Planning
  • AOI 2: Resilient Facility Energy System Planning
  • AOI 3: Advanced CHP Planning and Design
  • AOI 4: Resiliency Hub Planning and Design

The desired outcomes of Resilient Maryland are to:

  • Identify Microgrid, advanced CHP, and Resiliency Hub candidate sites;
  • Encourage clean energy development in the built environment;
  • Prime the market for broader clean energy system adoption;
  • Design shovel-ready Microgrid, advanced CHP, and Resiliency Hub projects;
  • Inform MEA and industry stakeholders of practical, replicable system designs;
  • Encourage technical and financial innovation in the energy services sector;
  • Connect participants to current and future MEA incentive programs; and
  • Encourage constructive dialogue between communities, utilities, and other stakeholders on clean and resilient energy systems.

Funding Information

 

MEA has allocated $500,000 total to the Resilient Maryland program, subject to funding availability. While MEA will determine final Grant amounts, funding will generally be allocated across each AOI as follows:

Area of Interest Maximum Grant Amount Per Project*
Community/Campus Microgrid Planning** $100,000
Resilient Energy System (Facility) Planning $25,000
Advanced CHP Planning and Design $10,000
Resiliency Hub Planning and Design $10,000

*Subject to funding availability, and may be adjusted by MEA.

**MEA will determine final Grant amounts based upon the estimated budget of the project. Awards up to $100,000 will be made available at the discretion of MEA.


Applications will be reviewed and Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Award announcements are expected by May 28, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements

 

Resilient Maryland provides Grants for costs related to analysis, planning, and design for clean energy systems under consideration by interested parties. Resilient Maryland funds will not cover hard or soft asset costs for clean energy systems or system components.

At minimum, eligible projects must:

  • Conduct Microgrid, CHP, and/or Resiliency Hub analysis, planning, design, etc. for facilities located within Maryland;
  • Clearly demonstrate the benefits and costs associated with system implementation;
  • Include an Applicant contribution that is at minimum an amount of donated work hours;
  • Demonstrate clean energy systems that achieve greenhouse gas reductions; and
  • Permit showcasing of Project findings by MEA to the public.

Applicants must be in Good Standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (“SDAT”), when applicable.

Full detail on Program terms, conditions, requirements, and restrictions can be found in the Notice of Availability - FY20 Resilient Maryland.pdfNotice of Availability (Updated April 28, 2020).

How to Apply

 

***Applications are due on Tuesday, May 5, 2020***


Each Applicant is strongly encouraged to submit the Application Package via email. Follow the steps below to submit a successful package.

Step 1: Download and review the Notice of Availability (see below). This document explains all terms, conditions, requirements, and restrictions of the Resilient Maryland program.

Step 2: Download the Application Form (see below).

Step 3: Veirfy that you have obtained allrequired attachments (specified in the Notice of Availability).

Step 4: Once complete, submit the Application Form and all required attachments to MEA at the following email address by no later than 11:59 PM EDT on the due date above:

>>> RMP.MEA@Maryland.gov <<<


Application Documents

 

 

Alternatively, an Applicant may submit the Application Package via U.S. Mail (to include the U.S. Postal Service and private couriers) or by hand-delivery to MEA at the following address by no later than 5:00 P.M. EDT on the due date above:

Maryland Energy Administration
Attn: Resilient Maryland Program
1800 Washington Blvd, Ste. 755
Baltimore, MD 21230

Program Timeline

 

The anticipated Resilient Maryland Program timeline is detailed in the table below. Dates are subject to change at the discretion of MEA.

Date Program Milestone
February 26, 2020 Program open for Applications
May 5, 2020 Deadline for all Applications to be submitted
May 13 - 27, 2020 Expected Award notifications by MEA to Grantees
May 29, 2020 Grant Agreement Execution Deadline
May 31, 2021 Awarded projects must be completed
July 21, 2021 All final deliverables due to MEA

Grantee Reporting Documents

 

​Monthly Reporting: Resilient Maryland Grantees are required to submit monthly progress reports throughout the life of their projects. Reports are due on the 10th day of the month coming after the reporting month (e.g. a July progress report is due by August 10). Grantees should use the Monthly Project Progress Report form found in Attachment B to their Grant Agreements. A fillable copy of this report is provided below:

Reimbursement Requests: Grant funds are paid in arrears after they have been requested from Grantees for the payment of costs formally incurred. Grantees should use the Reimbursement Request for Costs Incurred form found in Attachment C to their Grant Agreements when preparing these requests. A fillable copy of this report is provided below:

Final Deliverables Submission: Grantees must submit a final packet of all deliverables completed as defined by Attachment A to the Grant Agreement at the conclusion of their projects. All Grantees must submit final deliverables by no later than Wednesday, July 21, 2021. A completed copy of the Final Deliverables Submission form is required as part of this submission, found in Attachment D to the Grant Agreement. A fillable copy of this form is provided below:

Questions about reporting requirements can be directed to Ms. Meg Cefail, Energy Specialist, at Margaret.Cefail@Maryland.gov or via phone at (410) 371-0976.

Related Programs

 

The following MEA incentive programs provide funds for hard and soft energy system costs for projects that have already been nearly or completely designed:

Combined Heat and Power Grant Program

Parking Lot Solar PV Canopy with EV Charger Grant Program

Commercial Clean Energy Rebate Program

Resiliency Hub Grant Program

Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program

Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural Grant Program

Maryland Energy Storage Income Tax Credit Program

MEA also provides low-cost financing (APR does not exceed 2.0%) for energy improvement projects:

Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan Program

 

Contact

 

For questions, comments, and concerns regarding the Resilient Maryland program, please contact Brandon Bowser, Energy Program Manager, at BrandonW.Bowser@Maryland.gov or by phone at (410) 537-4086.