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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Residential Clean Energy Grant Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/16/2013
Program Overview:
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount:PV: $1,000 (flat per installation/household incentive)
SWH: $500 (flat per installation/household incentive)
Maximum Incentive:PV: $1,000 (flat per installation/household incentive)
SWH: $500 (flat per installation/household incentive)
Eligible System Size:PV: up to 20 kW
SWH: 10-100 square feet
Equipment Requirements:Solar PV systems must meet applicable UL, IEEE, and NEC standards; solar thermal collectors must be SRCC OG-100 certified
Installation Requirements:Installer NABCEP certification will be required for PV projects installed on or after July 1, 2014
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Remains with project owner
Funding Source:Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF)
Start Date:01/01/2005
Expiration Date:When funds are exhausted; annual budget subject to appropriation
Web Site:
Authority 1:
MD STATE-GOVT §9–20B-01 et seq.
Authority 2:
COMAR 14.26.04

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

The current Solar Energy Grant Program provides incentives as follows (effective for applications received on or after July 1, 2012):

  • Solar water heating: $500 flat incentive for systems from with a panel area of 10 - 100 square feet;
  • Solar PV: $1,000 flat incentive for systems with a capacity of up to 20 kilowatts (kW)

Solar water-heating collectors must meet the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation's (SRCC) OG-100 Certification. PV system hardware must be in compliance with all applicable performance and safety standards, including: Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 1741, "Standard for Static Inverters and Charge Controllers for Use in Photovoltaic Systems" and UL 1703, "Standard for Safety: Flat-Plate Photovoltaic Modules and Panels." The system must be installed in compliance with applicable requirements of local electric codes and the National Electric Code (NEC). Systems must be installed in compliance with IEEE Standard 929-2000, "Recommended Practice for Utility Interface of Photovoltaic Systems."

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.

  Public Information Officer - MEA
Maryland Energy Administration
60 West Street, 3rd Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 260-7655
Phone 2: (800) 723-6374
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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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