Parking Lot Solar PV Canopy with EV Charger Grants for Maryland Locations Available Now
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kaymie Owen, CMP 443-694- 3651
Maryland is proud to again offer grants that will fund Parking Lot Solar PV Canopies with EV Chargers for a third year in a row. A total of $1 million dollars is available for the grant that closes on February 23, 2017. Interested applicants can apply now via the MEA website and join the long list of Maryland businesses helping to expand the use of renewable energy to reduce EV battery range anxiety.
Metropolitan areas with a high concentration of parking lots are ideal hosts for solar parking structures as they can help to reduce urban heat island effect. Urban and metropolitan areas are typically much warmer than surrounding rural areas due to human activities and paved areas that absorb the sun’s heat. Maryland offers a significant reserve parking areas from suburban lots to urban garages and demand for increased EV charging stations is strong.
This solar canopy and EV program combines Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard goal for solar with the State’s ongoing support of electric vehicle infrastructure. These projects will result in increased clean electricity generation sited close to local electrical loads, and increased locations for plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) to charge.
In order to drive down the initial costs associated with installing solar PV canopy systems, MEA will award grants to qualified applicants on a competitive basis, within two specified Areas of Interest (AOI). Area of Interest I (AOI I) will be accepting applications from business, non-profits, and local governments while Area of Interest II (AOI II) will focus on State agencies. Selected grantees meeting grant program requirements and restrictions will receive an award in of up to $300/kW of installed solar PV capacity, with a cap of $150,000 per project. For details regarding the grant program requirements and restrictions, please see the Parking Lot PV/EV Notice of Grant Availability.
MEA offers several additional grants to increase energy efficiency including for residents, businesses, nonprofits and government organizations. Visit www.energy.maryland.gov for more information and a full list of grants.
Maryland Energy Administration
On behalf of Governor Hogan the mission of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is to promote affordable, reliable and cleaner energy for the benefit of all Marylanders. To achieve its mission, MEA advises the Governor, General Assembly on matters relating to energy policy. MEA administers grant and loan programs to encourage clean energy technologies in all sectors of Maryland’s economy: Residential, Commercial, Agricultural, and Transportation. For more information about the Maryland Energy Administration, visit www.energy.maryland.gov .