To encourage and help Maryland homeowners invest in clean energy, the Maryland Energy Administration(MEA) provides rebates for solar photovoltaic systems, solar water heating, and geothermal heating & cooling systems. The program Terms and Conditions document can be found here.
To be eligible for a Residential Clean Energy Rebate:
- Application must be submitted to the MEA within 12 months of installation (see Section 4B of the Terms and Conditions)
- The installation property must be a residential property and the primary residence of the applicant at the time of application.
Project size must exceed:
- Solar Photovoltaic: 1 kW
- Geothermal: 1 ton
- Solar Water Heating: 10 sq. ft.
- The property must not be held in an irrevocable trust.
- To be eligible for a Clean Energy Rebate, a project may not have an adverse effect on a historic property (see Section 1I of the Terms and Conditions). Please be aware that MEA consults with the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) for a determination whether a project will have an adverse effect on a historic property. Please note that the MHT's determination might differ from that of a local historic preservation review. If you have any eligibility concerns related to this topic, please contact MEA's historic preservation specialist by email at: DLHistoric_MEA@maryland.gov prior to installing any equipment.
Geothermal replacement projects can not apply through this portal. The application for geothermal replacement projects can instead be found here.
Multiple projects on contiguous parcels of property will be considered one project.
The Application Process
On the following screens, you will provide information about yourself (the applicant), the installation (property, system, contractor), and the required permits. You will also need to provide (in electronic format) the following documentation:
- Photograph(s) showing all components of the installed clean energy system. If the system is a roof-mounted PV or SWH system, the photograph must clearly demonstrate where the system has been installed, with all panels or collectors clearly visible.
- Proof that the project is paid for in full (a copy of the final invoice showing a zero balance).
- Copies of all issued inspection and permit documents as provided by the local authority having jurisdiction (a ‘Passed Final Inspection’ report, sticker or picture).
- Proof that the install address is the applicant’s primary residency. MEA accepts the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) Real Property Data Search print out showing the R-CERP applicant as owner and principal resident of the home where the system is installed. Active duty military applicants, and applicants who believe the SDAT result is incorrect, please call MEA to discuss alternate methods to demonstrate primary residence. (410-537-4000)
After submission, your application will be reviewed, and the homeowner applicant will be contacted via email. The email will contain a signature sheet that the homeowner applicant must print, complete, sign, and physically mail to MEA to complete the R-CERP application.
The email will be sent from email@example.com to the homeowner applicant's email address immediately after application submission via this portal. Please be on the lookout for this email from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not receive it immediately, please check your spam folder. YOUR APPLICATION CANNOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL YOUR SIGNED AND COMPLETE SIGNATURE SHEET IS RETURNED TO MEA.