Regulation, Sourcing Renewables, Wind - September 12, 2017
Maryland launches community wind grant program
The Maryland Energy Administration, of MEA, has launched a new program that will support the use of community wind resources among businesses, nonprofits, and state, local, and municipal governments and their agencies/institutions.
The MEA announced the Community Wind Grant Program alongside a similar program for residential wind; the state programs will have combined funding of $1 million, according to a Sept. 12 statement from the MEA.
Wind turbines between 1 and 750 kW that are either purchased or owned by a third party are eligible for the Community Wind Grant Program, according to the administration. The program is designed to utilize a tiered approach, with smaller systems receiving a higher kW capacity incentive than larger systems. Grant awards range in size from $1000/kW to $4000/kW up to $100,000 to $600,000 per project based on system size, and grant cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the net cost of installation or a dollar amount cap specific to each tier.
" while helping Maryland reach its carbon emissions reduction goals," the MEA said.
The MEA noted that applications for both programs are accepted on a rolling basis, and all grants are made first-come, first-served, subject to funding availability.
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