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Maryland Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program

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Commercial Renewable Energy

This photo shows an under construction solar array.The Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program provides financial assistance to businesses, non-profits, and government entities who install solar photovoltaic, solar water heating, geothermal heat pump and wind turbine systems at their place of business.The programs are designed to help satisfy Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements and Maryland's Clean Energy Goals.

In addition to the commercial program, MEA also administers a Residential Clean Energy Grant Program, which provides financial assistance to homeowners.

Program Update: February 22, 2011

In an effort to simplify the experience for applicants, MEA has redesigned the Clean Energy Grant Program process. This page has been updated to reflect the new application and completion requirements, and contains the latest version of all program documentation.

Effective February 22, 2011, application packages and completion packages should be submitted using the new forms. Any application package and completion package using an older version of the forms received after March 15, 2011 will be returned without being processed.

For more information on the redesign, please read the Clean Energy Grant Program FAQs.

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How to Receive a Clean Energy Grant

The first step when applying for a Clean Energy Grant is for the business owner to decide if they, or their installer, will be the Primary Point of Contact (PPC). The PPC is responsible for ensuring all grant documentation is submitted in a timely, accurate, and complete manner. Installers often include these services as part of their offerings, but please check with your installer to make sure the correct PPC is designated at the beginning of the grant application process.

The following is a simplified diagram of the Clean Energy Grant Program process. More detail can be found in the “Clean Energy Grant Program - Application Procedures” document.

Clean Energy Grant Calculations

Grant calculations are based on technology and are found in the following chart:

Technology Valid System Size Grant Calculation Maximum Award
Solar Photovoltaic Less than 200 kW $500 / kW $50,000
Solar Water Heating Any 15% of Total Cost $25,000
Geothermal Any $500 / ton $7,000
Wind Any Click to see details $75,000

Grants are allocated on a first come, first serve basis across technologies. A business may receive awards that aggregate up to the maximum award per technology per fiscal year.

Grant Application Package

We encourage you to fill out the Grant Application Forms electronically. Some data elements are automatically pre-populated electronically, which will save time and eliminate potential errors. Certain fields are also validated for form and content. For this reason, MEA strongly recommends utilizing these enhancements by filling out the forms electronically before printing and signing them.

Note: Any illegible documents will be returned, unprocessed, to the PPC.

  • Application forms contain a checklist listing all of the documents that need to be submitted as part of the application package.
  • Application forms are technology-specific.
  • Any application package that is incomplete or is missing supporting documentation will be returned to the PPC without being processed.

Grant Application Forms

Other Application Documents

Grant Completion Package

After MEA sends the Grant Commitment Letter to the PPC, and the project has been completed, the PPC must submit the Completion Package.As with the Application Package, the updated Grant Completion Certificate Forms are designed to be filled out electronically. Some data elements are automatically pre-populated, and certain fields are also validated for form and content. MEA strongly recommends utilizing these enhancements by filling out the forms electronically before printing and signing them.

Note: Any illegible documents will be returned, unprocessed, to the PPC.

  • Completion certificate forms contain a checklist listing all of the documents that need to be submitted as part of the completion package.
  • Completion certificate forms are technology-specific.
  • Any completion package that is incomplete or is missing supporting documentation will be returned to the PPC without being processed.

Grant Completion Certificate Forms

ARRA Compliance for Solar Photovoltaic Systems Only

Commercial Clean Energy Grants allocated to Solar Photovoltaic systems are funded in part by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA). As a result, there are several additional requirements that must be fulfilled before MEA can issues a grant to a system owner.

Note: ARRA Compliance applies only to commercial solar photovoltaic systems.

Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wage Act

Applicants must demonstrate that their solar photovoltaic installation was or will be performed in compliance with Federal prevailing-wage rate requirements (Davis-Bacon Act). Contractors or subcontractors must generate weekly certified prevailing-wage rate/payroll documents to be submitted along with an applicant’s completion certificate. Forms must have original signatures — photocopies or scanned/emails forms will not be accepted.

For an example of an acceptable form, please view this payroll pdf from the U.S. Department of Labor.

National Environmental Policy Act

If you are installing a ground-mounted PV system with a rated capacity over 60 kW, please contact Kevin Lucas at 410-260-7543 or klucas@energy.state.md.us to discuss National Environmental Policy Act compliance.

Additional Information

Process Redesign Webinar

On Feb. 24, 2011, MEA hosted a webinar to outline the grant application process. If you have additional questions about the process, please review the presentation and Q&A documents from that session.

Tax Status of Clean Energy Grants

The Maryland Office of the Comptroller has determined that, based on IRS rules, a State grant is considered taxable income. Therefore, a Form 1099-G will be issued for grants received through the Clean Energy Grant Program. They should be reported as income on federal tax returns.

However, State grants for solar energy projects are not treated as taxable income by the State. The grant amount is subtracted from the federal adjusted gross income of a resident to determine Maryland adjusted gross income. This subtraction was created through legislation sponsored by Delegate Bartlett in the 2007 General Session. For more information on the State legislation, please read information from State Taxes - Solar Energy Grants and Devices.

Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)

Owners of solar photovoltaic systems can earn and sell credits based on the amount of electricity their system produces. The SRECs FAQ document provides additional details about how to register systems and sell SRECs.

Technical Resources

The Database of State Incentives for Renewable & Efficiency (DSIRE) offers a comprehensive list of Federal, State, and Local incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

The U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Division provides a wealth of resources about clean energy:

Source: http://energy.maryland.gov/Business/cleanenergygrants/index.html


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