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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Residential Clean Energy Grant Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/23/2014
Program Overview:
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Geothermal heating & cooling
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount:PV: $1,000 (flat per installation/household incentive)
SWH: $500 (flat per installation/household incentive)
GHC: $3,000 per project
Maximum Incentive:PV: $1,000 (flat per installation/household incentive)
SWH: $500 (flat per installation/household incentive)
GHC: $3,000 per project
Eligible System Size:PV: up to 20 kW
SWH: 10-100 square feet
GHC: 1-10 tons
Equipment Requirements:All equipments must be new; PV: Systems must meet applicable UL, IEEE, and NEC standards;
SWH: Must be SRCC OG-100 certified;
GHC: Must meet ENERGY STAR standard
Installation Requirements:Installer NABCEP certification will be required for PV projects
Property must be primary Maryland residence
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Remains with project owner
Must apply for certification as a qualifying generation from Maryland PSC to produce Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC)
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

Note: Starting from October 14, 2014, installation that are replacing existing geothermal unit will not be eligible for $3,000 grant. Replacement for geothermal pumps will only qualify for $500 grant.

Effective from November 14, 2013, grants for leased residential solar PV systems has been discontinued.

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


Solar Water Heating

10-100 sq. ft.


Geothermal Heating & Cooling (GHC)

1-10 tons


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.


  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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