Maryland Energy Administration July 2020 News Bulletin
Maryland Energy Administration launches grants aimed at supporting the #MarylandStrong economic recovery
The State of Maryland’s new fiscal year 2021 (FY21) began on July 1 and initiated a new grant season at the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). We are proud to roll out a series of energy grants that support all Marylanders including residents, businesses, local governments and nonprofits. Below are just a few of the first group of programs to launch for FY21, for a complete list of MEA programs, please visit us online here.
The newest cycle of the Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural (CI&A) is offering up to $1.65 million in funding over three application periods. This grant helps to fund energy efficiency projects that enable businesses to realize new revenue streams from cost savings. One past grantee yielded enough energy savings to realize a net energy reduction even after they added a second shift of workers. Click here for a CI&A grant application.
The Residential Renewable Energy Rebate program provides financial assistance to homeowners installing solar photovoltaic (PV), solar shingles, solar water heating, geothermal heat pump, and geothermal heating and cooling systems.
Earlier this month, MEA launched the Low-to-Moderate Income Energy Efficiency grant that offers up to $6.5 million in funding. This grant supports local governments and nonprofits by funding energy efficiency projects specifically designed to serve low-to-moderate income Marylanders. This is a competitive program, which accounts for the regional distribution of low-to-moderate income homes throughout the state, to ensure equitable distribution. Applications are available on the program web page and are due by October 1, 2020.
The Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) rebate is Maryland’s most important electric vehicle (EV) program for FY21 with up to $1.8 million available for EV recharging equipment rebates. The aim of this program is to remove the cost barriers associated with switching to an EV. Apply today, here.
Dog’s Day Farm is a Resilient Clean Energy Model
Read how this small Maryland business leveraged MEA programs to address their sustainability issues in a cost-conscious way that will ensure the health and safety of the pets in their care.
“I’m very happy with our decision to invest in solar and battery storage. Not only is our business and farm much more resilient, but our energy costs have been reduced to the nominal administrative cost of being connected to the grid,” says owner Matt Brown.”
Energy Storage Tax Incentive
Maryland was the first state in the country to offer an energy storage income tax credit. The program is available to residential and commercial taxpayers who have installed an energy storage system on their residential or commercial property in Maryland during Tax Year 2020 (January 1 – December 31, 2020). For more details, click here.