Maryland Net Zero Energy School Initiative Grant Program


The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and the Public School Construction Program (PSCP) have partnered in a Net Zero School Initiative to construct three new net zero energy schools in Maryland. Through the 2012 merger of Constellation Energy, the parent company of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), and Exelon Corporation, a Customer Investment Fund (CIF) was established to provide financial resources for long term energy efficiency and conservation goals. The Maryland Public Service Commission, the State of Maryland's utility regulator, has approved the use of $9 million of CIF funding to create a program to enable the design and construction of three net zero energy public schools within the BGE service territory. ​

Eligible Participants


To be considered for program participation, school districts or local education agencies (LEA) should have a new public school construction project slated to enter the design phase in the near future.

Applications will be assessed based on the school district’s interest in the Net Zero Energy Schools Program, the proposed construction timeline, the location and geography of the proposed school site, the likelihood of the school achieving net zero energy status, and ease of replicability.

The school site must be located within the BGE service territory.

How to participate


For questions and information on participation, please contact the Maryland Net Zero Energy School Program manager, Rory Spangler, at 410-537-4086 or


Benefits of Participation


School districts selected to participate in the program will receive the following benefits:

  • Funding to help offset the incremental costs of designing and constructing a net zero energy school
  • Reduced utility costs over the life of the new school
  • National recognition as one of very few schools to achieve net zero energy status, and
  • A “living laboratory” that can be used to educate students, educators, and community members about energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Current Program Status

Current Program Status


To date, Howard County Public Schools and Baltimore City Public Schools have been selected as candidates for the Net Zero Energy School Program.

For additional information regarding the status of Howard County’s Progress please visit the Construction Page for Wilde Lake Middle School​