To encourage and help Maryland homeowners invest in clean energy, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) provides grants for solar photovoltaic systems, solar water heating, geothermal heating & cooling, and wind turbine systems.
To be eligible for a Residential Clean Energy Grant:
- Grant applications must be submitted to the MEA within 12 months of installation as defined by the Terms and Conditions, found here.
- The installation property must be the primary residence of the owner of a residential property at the time of application.
- Projects must be within the eligible installation size:
- Solar Photovoltaic: 1-20kW
- Geothermal: 1-10 tons
- Solar Water Heating: 10-100 sq. ft.
- The property must not be held in an irrevocable trust.
- The property must not cause an adverse impact on any historic property.
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-CEGP 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-CEGP application.
The email will be sent from firstname.lastname@example.org to the homeowner applicant's email address immediately after application submission via this portal. Please be on the lookout for this email from email@example.com. 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.