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Residential Clean Energy Grant Program

Eligibility 
Residential
Multifamily Residential
Low Income Residential
Savings Category 
Solar Water Heat
Solar Photovoltaics
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Maximum Rebate 

PV: $1,000 (flat per installation/household incentive)
SWH: $500 (flat per installation/household incentive)
GHC: $3,000 per project

Program Info
Sector Name 
State
Administrator 
Maryland Energy Administration
Funding Source 

Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF)

State 
Maryland
Program Type 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

PV: $1,000 (flat per installation/household incentive)
SWH: $500 (flat per installation/household incentive)
GHC: $3,000 per project

Summary 

Maryland's Residential Clean Energy Grant Program, administered by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), provides financial incentives to homeowners that install solar water-heating, solar-electric (PV), and Geothermal heating and cooling systems. In order to be eligible, the property must be the applicant's primary residence.


The current Clean Energy Grant Program provides incentives as follows:

Resource Conversion Technology

Installed Capacity Range

Flat Award

Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

1-20 kW

$1,000/project

Solar Water Heating

10-100 sq. ft.

$500/project

Geothermal Heating & Cooling (GHC)

1-10 tons

$3,000/project

Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis across technologies and are subject to change in amount based on funding. Grants are awarded after the completion of the project. Program's one-step application process requires participants to submit application form, final invoice, copies of inspection documents, photograph of installed system and historical screening document. The funding cycle for the program begins from July 1st of a given year through June 20 of the next.

Participants must apply for certification as a qualifying solar facility from Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to obtain Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) produced by the system. SREC represent environmental attribute per 1 MWh of generated solar power. These SRECs can be traded as financial instruments to meet the RPS goals of the State.

Note that these grants may be subtracted from adjusted gross income for state income tax purposes. In other words, program recipients do not have to pay state taxes on the amount of the grant received. See H.B. 590, enacted in May 2007. For applications and more information on the program, including a Q&A section, please see the program web site.