FY24 Solar Energy Equity Grant Program

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***FY24 SOLAR ENERGY EQUITY PROGRAM NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS***​
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***NOTE: ANTICIPATED PROGRAM BUDGET INCREASED - SEE BELOW***​
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Program Description: The Maryland Energy Administration ("MEA") is pleased to announce grant funding available under its FY24 Solar Energy Equity Grant Program ("SEE Program", "the Program"). The SEE Program was formerly named the Low Income Solar Grant Program in previous Program offerings. Funds under the SEE Program are provided for the design and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy-generating systems on the homes of Marylanders that experience low-to-moderate income, or are in overburdened or underserved communities, as defined by §1-701 of the Environmental Article, Annotated Code of Maryland. Each home must have had energy efficiency and weatherization-type upgrades completed through MEA's FY18 - FY24 Energy Efficiency Equity Grant Program ("EEE Program"), formerly known as the Low-to-Moderate Income Energy Efficiency Grant Program in previous Program offerings; or through one (1) or both of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development ("DHCD") FY18 - FY24 Weatherization Assistance Program or FY18 - FY24 DHCD EmPOWER Maryland Limited Income Energy Efficiency Program. MEA anticipates issuing awards to current or prior EEE Program grantees to enable solar on the rooftops of households that experience low-to-moderate income, or are in overburdened or underserved communities, living in single-family homes.  The Program will fund up to 100% of the solar photovoltaic (PV) system design and installation cost, up to $25,000 per home.​

Program Purpose: Through the SEE Program, MEA aims to gain insight into best practices for deploying solar to households described in §9–20B–05(i) of the State Government Article, and to households that live in overburdend or underserved communities, as described in §1-701 of the Environment Article. 

 

Type of Grant Program:     Competitive Grant Program

Eligible Applicants:             Non-profit organizations and local governments.

Application Deadline:        3:00 P.M. EST, Friday, March 8, 2024


Anticipated Program Budget: A total of up to $3 million $6 MILLION* is expected to be available, split between each Area of Interest ("AOI"). Funding restrictions applySee the FY24 SEE Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in the Program Documents section for further information.​

​*Anticipated Program Budget was increased from $3 million to $6 million on February 1, 2024.

Program Documents:

For more information, contact MEA Program Manager Abigail Antonini regarding the Solar Energy Equity Program by email at SolarEquity.MEA@Maryland.gov, ​or by phone at 410.371.6381.

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