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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/16/2014
Program Overview:
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heating and Cooling
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Local Government
Amount:PV: $30-$60/kW (varies by capacity)
SWH: $10-$20/square foot (varies by total panel area)
Geothermal Heating and Cooling: $90-$180/ ton
Maximum Incentive:PV: $6,000
SWH: $5,000
Eligible System Size:PV: 1 - 200 kW
SWH: 50 - 1,200 square feet
Equipment Requirements:All equipment must be new
PV: systems must be grid-tied and meet all applicable UL, IEEE, and NEC standards, and be in compliance with the state net metering law;
SHW: collectors must be SRCC OG-100 certified
GHC: Must meet ENERGY STAR standards and must displace electric or non-natural gas heating
Installation Requirements:Installer NABCEP certification will be required for PV systems
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Remains with project owner
Funding Source:Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF)
Start Date:11/06/2009
Expiration Date:When funding is exhausted
Web Site:
Authority 1:
MD STATE-GOVT §9–20B-01 et seq.
Authority 2:
COMAR 14.26.04

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) offeres grants for mid-sized photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar water heating systems (SWH) and Geothermal Heating & Cooling (GHC) installed by businesses, non-profits, and local governments.  Funding is available on first-come, first-serve basis and is subject to change based on funding availability.

Program Description

The incentive amounts for each technology depends on the capacity of system. The program are classified into either Small or Large Commercial grants, with incentives amounts below

Small Commercial Clean Energy Grant Incentives

Resource Conversion Technology

Installed Capacity Range

Award/Capacity Unit

Solar Photovoltaics (PV)

1-99.99 kW


Solar Water Heating (SWH)

50-249.99 sq. ft.

$20/sq. ft.

Geothermal Heating & Cooling (GHC)

1-24.99 tons



Large Commercial Clean Energy Grant Incentives

Resource Conversion Technology

Installed Capacity Range

Award/Capacity Unit

Solar Photovoltaics (PV)

100-200 kW


Solar Water Heating (SWH)

250-1,200 sq. ft.

$10/sq. ft. (with total award capped at $5,000/project)

Geothermal Heating & Cooling (GHC)

25-50 tons


It is important to note that these system size/capacity ranges are exclusive, not additive in nature. For example, a 150 kW PV system would be eligible for an incentive of $4,500 (150 kW X $30/kW), not $60/kW for the first 100 kW plus $30/kW for the additional 50 kW. Multiple projects on contiguous properties are considered a single project and projects may not receive more than one grant.

All systems and components must be new and comply with standard equipment, installation, and warranty requirements intended to make sure that installations operate safely and effectively.  The MEA notes that the Maryland Office of the Comptroller has determined that the solar incentives offered under this program are taxable for federal income tax purposes and state income tax purposes (a 2012 change). Please visit the program web site for further information on applications, qualification requirements, and more detailed information on the terms and conditions. Incentives for small wind projects are available under Windswept Grant Program.

  Public Information Officer - MEA
Maryland Energy Administration
60 West Street, 3rd Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 260-7655
Phone 2: (800) 723-6374
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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