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Maryland Residential Clean Energy Grant Program

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Residential Renewable Energy

The Residential Clean Energy Grant Program provides financial assistance to residents who install solar photovoltaic, solar water heating, geothermal heat pump and wind turbine systems at their residence. The programs are designed to help satisfy Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirements and Maryland's Clean Energy Goals.

In addition to the residential program, MEA also administers the Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program, which provides financial assistance to businesses, non-profits, and government entities.

Program Update: February 22, 2011

MEA has redesigned the Clean Energy Grant Program process. This page has been updated to reflect the new application and completion process and contains the latest version of all program documentation.

Effective Feb. 22, 2011, application packages and completion packages should be submitted using the new forms. Any application package and completion package received after March 15, 2011 using an old version of the forms 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 homeowner 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 ensure the correct PPC is designated at the beginning of the Grant application process.

The following is a basic overview 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 20 kW $500 / kW $10,000
Solar Water Heating Any 20% of Total Cost $1,500
Geothermal Any $500 / ton $1,000
Wind Less than 100 kW Click to see details $75,000

Grants are allocated on a first come, first serve basis across technologies. Homeowners may apply for one grant 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 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

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:

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) offers basic information about wind power, as well as up-to-date information about wind news, policy and trends.

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

 


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