Summary of Incentive & Technical Assistance Programs for State Agencies

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Updated April 2022

​On June 25, 2019, Governor Larry Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2019.08​, which applies to State-owned buildings. The E.O. calls for a 10% reduction in energy consumption by 2029 compared to a 2018 baseline. While its overall mission is to promote clean, affordable, and reliable energy for the benefit of all Marylanders, MEA is also a resource for State agencies seeking the financial and technical assistance needed to meet the Governor’s goals.

This overview highlights MEA resources available to State agencies. These resources support a variety of opportunities, including expense reduction through energy efficiency, improved environmental performance from clean energy systems, and resilient, on-site energy assets to offset the risk of utility service interruptions. We encourage you to read about our programs in detail on our webpage and what MEA is doing in the community on our news​ page. 1

Funding for most of the following programs has already been disbursed for FY22.
FY23 applications will be accepted starting July 1, 2022 or shortly thereafter.

​Resiliency and Clean Energy

Clean Energy Rebate Program:​ State agencies are among the entities eligible for rebates to offset the cost of renewable energy power and heating systems. Rebates support the installation of solar photovoltaic, solar water heating, and ground source heat pumps.

​Solar Canopy Grant Program: Grants for the installation of solar photovoltaic canopies over parking lots including electric vehicle charging stations. 

Public Facility Solar Technical Assistance Program: Assistance provided by MEA’s consultant to assist public entities identify opportunities for solar deployment on buildings, parking lots or other developed spaces. Includes technical and economic review of individual sites or portfolios of sites.

Public Facility Solar Grant Program: Grants to public organizations for the installation of solar PV systems on existing infrastructure.

Resilient Maryland- Planning and Feasibility:​ Grants for the planning and design of community/campus microgrids, resilient facility power systems, advanced combined heat and power, and distributed generation systems at resiliency hubs.

Resilient Maryland- Capital (Pilot)​ *NEW FOR FY22*:  Grants for the planning and design of community/campus microgrids, resilient facility power systems, advanced combined heat and power, and distributed generation systems at resiliency hubs.

Resiliency Hubs:​ Grants to enable organizations serving low-to-moderate income residents to install solar and energy storage to provide reliable energy during power outages. 

Combined Heat and Power Grant Program: Grants to encourage the implementation of combined heat and power (CHP) technologies.

Energy Efficiency

Street and Outdoor Lighting Efficiency Program (Pilot) *NEW FOR FY22*: Grants to replace inefficient street, parking, and other pole mounted lights with efficient light emitting diode (LED) fixtures. 

Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan Program​: Loans at 0% APR for state agencies to finance and install energy conservation improvements. 

Clean Transportation Fuels

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Rebate: Rebates for residents, governments and businesses to purchase and install electric vehicle charging stations. 

Cutting-Edge Opportunities

Open Energy *NEW FOR FY22*: Program to foster innovative concepts that are not part of MEA’s typical array of programs.  Public and private entities, including state agencies, may propose ideas and activities to help Maryland make progress towards its energy goals with the potential to receive funding. 

Maryland Energy Infrastructure Program (MEIP): ​Resources to assist with funding to incentivize natural gas infrastructure, new larger users and conversions. 

1.​ Programs include those offered in FY22, MEA is currently reviewing its program portfolio for FY23 (Starting July 1, 2022). However, most of MEA’s popular programs are anticipated to return.

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