Game Changer Competitive Grant Program (Maryland)

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Summary

Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Maryland

Name Game Changer Competitive Grant Program
Incentive Type State Grant Program

Eligible Technologies Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Geothermal Heat Pumps, CHP/Cogeneration, Renewable Fuels
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Varies from 50,000 to 250,000 covering up to 30% of the project cost







Start Date 2014-09-19
Expiration Date 2014-12-19

Funding Source Strategic Energy Investment Fund

Installation Requirements Must result in additional renewable energy capacity in the State of Maryland

Must show that the project can be completed by December 1, 2015
Must show that the project can be completed by December 1, 2015



Maximum Incentive 250,000 per project




Program Budget $1 million





Program Administrator Maryland Energy Administration
Website http://energy.maryland.gov/Business/gamechanger/index.html
Date added to DSIRE 2014-10-02
Last DSIRE Review 2014-10-02



References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


Summary

NOTE: The program is currently open for solicitations; applications are due by 12pm, December 19, 2014.


Game Changer Competitive Grant Program is designed to support innovative renewable energy systems and strategies that result in additional renewable energy capacity installed in the State of Maryland.


Eligibility


Applicants much show that the project can be completed by December 1, 2015. All of the projects should be physically located in Maryland.


Program Description


Total of $1 million is available for the program, with typical awards ranging from $50,000 to $250,000. The grant is limited to 30% of the project costs. Awards are intended to support cutting edge renewable technology projects that are “game changing” and are in their early stages of commercialization. Funding is not limited to renewable energy systems but also towards innovative project design ideas targeted towards increasing renewable energy systems, financing ideas, and overcoming barriers for renewable energy deployment. Potential projects may include, but are not limited to:


  • Hybrid solar photovoltaic/ thermal energy systems that cool the PV system while generating hot water
  • Solar thermal heating and absorption cooling systems
  • Low-maintenance solar photovoltaic array tracking systems
  • Renewable energy generation and storage systems that could be aggregated for efficient transactions with independent operating systems for ancillary services
  • Renewable energy generation and storage systems that could be aggregated for efficient transactions with independent operating systems for ancillary services
  • District energy geothermal heating and cooling systems
  • Biofueled distributed generation and/or combined heat and power systems
  • Cost-competitive fuel cells that can add backup, peak-shaving and/or baseload
  • Crowd funding platforms for renewable projects
  • Innovative employer electric vehicle programs
  • project to expand access to financing for renewable energy systems to underserved populations
  • Projects that lower barriers to entry to new renewable energy financing partners in Maryland


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Tamara Toles-O'Laughlin
Department Maryland Energy Administration

Address 60 West Street, Suite 300

Place Annapolis, Maryland
Zip/Postal Code 21401
Phone (180) 072-ENER
Phone 2 (410) 260-2609



     
     


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency"