Maryland Energy Administration Announces Awards for Fiscal Year 2022 Low-to-Moderate Income Program
Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announces awards for the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) Grant program. This program lowers energy bills through reduced energy usage and positively contributes to the achievement of climate and energy goals. Its original budget of $6.5 million was increased to $14.3 million to enable additional awards and measures for this popular program.
“MEA programs like the Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) grant program are doing the work to provide energy efficiency savings and overall quality of life improvements to low-to moderate income communities,” said Dr. Mary Beth Tung, MEA Director. “Funds were increased this year to provide much needed support to the LMI sector while also providing additional job opportunities for those that install these measures.”
Funding was regionally distributed through 34 awards for cost-effective energy efficient upgrades to low-to-moderate income family homes and buildings. Local governments and non-profit organizations apply for funding to complete energy efficiency projects specifically designed to serve low-to-moderate income Marylanders. Approximately 3,000 homes and 17 commercial buildings will be upgraded across the state with many of the recommendations going toward whole building upgrades. Buildings are analyzed for cost-effective upgrades that pay for themselves in energy savings in 15 years or less for a residential home and 20 years or less for a commercial building.
See below for a sample list of awardees:
Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Inc.(GGHI) – GHHI’s mission is to break the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy families by creating and advocating for healthy, safe, and energy efficient homes. GHHI will use funding from their two awards to install energy efficiency improvements in at least 50 homes in Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, Inc. (HFHMM) – HFHMM strives to provide a sustainable solution to the housing crisis affecting Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland will conduct energy audits and then weatherize, and make other energy efficiency improvements to approximately 35 LMI homes in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
Building Change, Inc. received three grants this year for work in the central, eastern, and southern regions. Their mission is to work with communities to develop sustainable principles, policies, and community programs, which seek to enhance citizen health and housing programs and/or reduce the cost of living. Building Change will use funding to conduct energy audits and install cost-effective energy efficiency measures based on audit findings in more than 200 homes.
Click here for the full FY22 LMI Energy Efficiency Awardees.
Established in 2010, the LMI Program encourages innovative ideas directed at helping communities, neighborhoods, or entire buildings take advantage of economies of scale. Projects are geographically located in all regions of the state and applications for proposed energy efficiency upgrades for this competitive program are submitted by nonprofit organizations and local governments that work directly with residents in need. For more information on this or past programs, please visit the website here.
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.