EmPOWER Maryland Clean Energy Communities Grant Program (Maryland)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||EmPOWER Maryland Clean Energy Communities Grant Program|
|Incentive Type||State Grant Program|
|Applicable Sector||Nonprofit, Local Government, Homeowners Associations, Condominium Associations|
|Eligible Technologies||Unspecified technologies|
|Energy Category||Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs|
|Maximum Incentive||No specific project limits; funding limited by county|
|Program Administrator||Maryland Energy Administration|
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) offers grants to local governments, non-profit organizations, homeowners associations, and condominium associations for energy efficiency projects that generate significant savings for low- to moderate-income households. Low and moderate income households are defined as households with total household incomes that are less than 60% and 85%, respectively, of the median statewide income in Maryland. Grant funds may be used for project implementation costs; purchases of technologies, licenses, or materials; training and consumer education; and construction, rehabilitation, or modification related to a project. The primary use of grant funds should be the purchase of energy efficiency equipment. Administrative costs may not exceed 10% of the grant award. Cost sharing is encouraged but not required. The primary proposal evaluation criteria are:
- Annual energy savings
- Impact on Maryland’s low-to-moderate income residents
- The ability of the project to be completed and invoiced during the proposed grant period
A total of $3.2 million from the Maryland Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF) has been allocated for grants during Fiscal Year (FY) 2010. The SEIF is in turn funded largely through the auction of carbon emission allowances under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Approximately $2 million was awarded in the first round of FY 2010 leaving $1.19 million available for the Round 2 solicitation. The Round 2 proposal deadline is May 20, 2010. There are no specific limits on costs associated with specific projects, but in order to ensure equitable distribution of awards, program funding has been allocated by county based on the number of low- to moderate-income households within each county. Allocations for some counties have already been fully reserved. The Round 2 solicitation contains a full list of county allocations, remaining funds, and additional program details.
|Contact Name||Jenn Gallicchio|
|Department||Maryland Energy Administration|
|Address||60 West Street, Third Floor|
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