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Maryland

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 09/10/2012
Program Overview:
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Local Government
Amount:PV: $30-$60/kW (varies by capacity)
SWH: $10-$20/square foot (varies by total panel area)
Maximum Incentive:PV: $6,000
SWH: $5,000
Eligible System Size:PV: 1 - 200 kW
SWH: 50 - 1,200 square feet
Equipment Requirements:All equipment must be new; PV systems must be grid-tied and meet all applicable UL, IEEE, and NEC standards, and be in compliance with the state net metering law; SHW collectors must be SRCC OG-100 certified
Installation Requirements:Installer NABCEP certification will be required for PV systems 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:11/06/2009
Expiration Date:When funding is exhausted
Web Site: http://energy.maryland.gov/Business/cleanenergygrants/index.html
Authority 1:
MD STATE-GOVT §9–20B-01 et seq.
Authority 2:
COMAR 14.26.04
Summary:

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is offering grants for mid-sized photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heating systems (SWH) installed by businesses, non-profits, and local governments. For PV systems, incentives are set at $60 per kilowatt (kW) for systems of less than 100 kW of installed capacity, and $30/kW for systems with a capacity of between 100 kW and 200 kW. For SWH systems, incentives are set at $20 per square foot for systems with a collector area of at least 50 square feet and less than 250 square feet and $10/square foot for systems with a collector area between 250 square feet and 1,200 square feet. It is important to note that these system size/capacity ranges are exclusive, not additive in nature. For example, a 150 kW PV system would be eligible for an incentive of $4,500 (150 kW X $30/kW), not $60/kW for the first 100 kW plus $30/kW for the additional 50 kW. Multiple projects on contiguous properties are considered a single project and projects may not receive more than one grant.

All systems and components must be new and comply with standard equipment, installation, and warranty requirements intended to make sure that installations operate safely and effectively.  The MEA notes that the Maryland Office of the Comptroller has determined that the solar incentives offered under this program are taxable for federal income tax purposes and state income tax purposes (a 2012 change). Please visit the program web site for further information on applications, qualification requirements, and more detailed information on the terms and conditions.


 
Contact:
  Public Information Officer - MEA
Maryland Energy Administration
60 West Street, 3rd Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 260-7655
Phone 2: (800) 723-6374
E-Mail: meainfo@energy.state.md.us
Web Site: http://www.energy.state.md.us
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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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