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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Windswept Grant Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/16/2014
Program Overview:
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Wind
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:$3,000/kW of normalized capacity at 11 m/s
Maximum Incentive:Lesser of $1million or 50% of net installation cost after other incentives
Eligible System Size:Up to 750 kW
Community-scale projects of size 100kW to 1000kW are eligible
Equipment Requirements:Systems must be listed by on the program web site or on the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC) Unified list of wind turbines or the Small Wind Certification Council list of certified turbines
Installation Requirements:Systems should generally be grid-connected and net metered;
Off-grid systems are potentially eligible on a case-by-case basis
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:Not specified, but customers own RECs produced by net metered systems
Funding Source:Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF)
Web Site:

NOTE: Applicaiton deadline for the program for the fiscal year 2014 ended on May 15, 2014.

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) provides rebates for the installation of residential and non-residential wind energy systems through the Windswept program. Systems of up to 750 kilowatts (kW) are eligible for the program. The incentive level is set at $3,000 per kW of normalized generating capacity at a reference wind speed of 11 meters per second (m/s). Incentives are allocated on a per property basis, meaning that incentives will not be awarded for multiple turbines on the same property.

For fiscal year 2014, the incentives maximum incentive amount was increased to $1 million comparied to previous $100,000. The incentives are capped at less or or $1million or 50% of the net installed cost after other federal, state, and local incentives. In order to qualify, wind energy systems must be listed on the program web site or on the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) List of Qualified Wind Generators. The program website contains sample grant calculations for common small wind turbines that have been installed in Maryland (note that this is not a complete list of eligible wind turbines).

Systems must also comply with all applicable performance and safety standards, including local codes, the National Electric Code, Maryland’s net metering rules and interconnection standards. Off-grid systems are not specifically addressed by the program rules, but might be permitted on a case-by-case basis. Project applications must contain a detailed site assessment, wind energy system specifications, signed cost estimates, a preliminary wind analysis, and pre-qualification forms detailing certain other aspects of the project. It is possible that some applications will be deemed ineligible based on site conditions (e.g., poor wind resource, obstructions, etc.).

Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Systems installed prior to the submission of an application remain eligible for incentives provided the system was placed in service during the same fiscal year as the application was submitted. For further information and application forms, please consult the program web site listed at the top of this page.

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Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 260-7655
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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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