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Grants to Maryland Businesses, Nonprofits, and Government Agencies to Install Solar Panels

FY23 Solar Canopy and Dual Use Technology Grant Program

Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #176657

Grant Description

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Grants to Maryland businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, including public universities, community colleges, and public schools to equip parking structures with solar panels. Funding is intended to promote the generation of clean, renewable electricity and increase electric vehicle charging capacity in parking sites.

This program provides grant funding to support the installation of solar systems that provide multiple uses for land and water. The program encourages efficiency in land use by focusing solar development activities on areas used for other functions. The grant may be used for Solar Canopies on parking lots and parking garages, which include the installation of at least four (4) Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle chargers under or around the solar canopy. As a pilot for FY23, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is adding waterborne solar systems. While solar canopies over parking lots and waterborne solar installations are specifically included, other dual use opportunities may be proposed for consideration. 
Grantees will either directly or through the use of Power Purchase Agreements, install solar systems that provide a dual use to parking lots, parking garages, or bodies of water. While solar canopies over parking lots and water borne solar installations are specifically included, other dual use opportunities may be proposed for consideration. The minimum project size is 75kW-dc.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Businesses, non-profit organizations, not-for-profit educational institutions, state agencies, and local governments, to include public universities, community colleges and public schools. Farmers with sole proprietorships (individuals who file a Schedule F with their Federal Income Tax and have an Agricultural Nutrient Management Plan on file with the State), are also authorized to apply.

Restrictions and Limitations can be found at https://energy.maryland.gov/business/SiteAssets/Pages/incentives/PVEVprogram/FY23%20Funding%20Opportunity%20Announcement%20Solar%20Canopy%20Grant%20Program.pdf#page=5.

Pre-Application Information:

Program Application Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

MEA encourages the use of electronic applications to streamline processing and reduce environmental impacts. If you cannot apply electronically, please contact MEA no later than seven (7) days prior to the application deadline to identify an alternative method to submit the application.

Only one MEA grant may be awarded per project.

No costs incurred by a Grantee prior to execution of a Grant Agreement will be reimbursed by MEA for a Project.

Grants will be paid after the project is online and producing creditable power. The Grantee will inform MEA when the project is completed (all zoning requirements met, all permit inspections passed and permits closed, all commissioning tests satisfactorily completed, and permission to operate received from the utility). MEA, at its sole discretion, will then conduct a site visit. Upon completion of the site visit, the Grantee will submit a Final Invoice and Completion Report. Upon receipt of a complete and accurate invoice and completion report, MEA will process the remaining grant funds for payment to Grantee.

To be eligible for reimbursement, all reimbursement requests for Project costs pursuant to a Grant Agreement must be received no later than 60 days after the completion of the Project, unless the MEA Program Manager approves an extension in writing.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$700,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

MEA will provide up to $500 per kW-dc of new canopy mounted or floating solar PV installed per project, with a maximum award of $250,000 per project.

MEA will provide up to $200 per kW-dc for upgrading old (>20 years old) solar PV modules on an existing solar canopy structure, with a cap of $100,000 per project, where the previous solar canopy system had not received a solar incentive payment from MEA.

Term of Contract:

Projects will be given up to two years to be completed. When necessary, extensions may be requested from MEA at least two months prior to the expiration of the existing grant.

Contact Information:

The application spreadsheet and required documents should be emailed to: solar.mea@maryland.gov.

Questions can be directed to:
David Comis, Energy Program Manager
David.Comis@Maryland.gov
410-537-4064 (w)

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