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Office of Central Services - Clean Energy Grant COVID -19 Notice – 4/3/2020

To protect the health and well-being of residents and contractors, the Office of Central Services, Sustainable Energy is requiring all contractors to suspend audits, energy efficiency work and any other related activities during COVID-19 restrictions and Stay-At-Home Order issued on March 30, 2020.

Prequalifications: We will not prequalify any clean energy grants until restrictions are lifted. This applies to our solar PV grant as well. Applications received between March 18, 2020 and April 3, 2020 will be reviewed and placed in pending mode, but approval to perform work will not be provided until restrictions are lifted. Please note our decision is in alignment with the utilities’ Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) program most recent notice provided below on March 31, 2020.

For pre-qualifications already issued through March 20, 2020, the deadline for work and invoicing will be extended according to when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Please do not start any work until restrictions are lifted. 

Invoices: We will continue to process compliant invoices (e.g. meeting permit, inspections, grant requirements) for projects completed prior to March 18, 2020, but we ask for your patience as we expect delays due to COVID-19 response actions.

Please visit Prince George’s County website to learn more about the County’s COVID-19 response at https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/.

OCS Sustainable Energy can be reached at TNICleanE@co.pg.md.us and at the numbers below.

Erica Bannerman, Manager, Sustainable Energy – 240-412-4352

Franklin Bourdeau (primary contact for Clean Energy grant) -301-523-5641

Sulaiman Almaroof (primary contact for commercial grant) 240-427-6851

From: Schott, Ben
Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 3:38 PM
Subject: HPwES Program Updates - New Deadline 4/3

Notice to all BGE, Pepco, and Delmarva Power HPwES Program Contractors:

In response to Gov. Hogan’s Stay-At-Home Order, the HPwES Program is calling for all contractors to suspend in-person customer visits. This means no audits, no installs, and no test-outs at this time.

Any audits or jobs that have already been done need to get submitted to the Program by Friday, April 3rd.

Audits

Performed up to 3/17– get them submitted by Friday, 4/3.

No audits should be performed after 3/17.

Reservations

Reservations submitted up to 3/17 have been approved and extended to 6/30 (June 30th). Do not start any work until restrictions are lifted.

Reservations submitted after 3/17 will go into a Pending status, and will be processed for approval once the program re-opens.

What if I have a rebate reservation that’s about to expire? Don’t worry. Email your account manager and ask for an extension.

Jobs

Any projects that have already been completed and have an approved reservation need to be submitted by Friday 4/3. Do not start new work until restrictions are lifted.

Does this affect my customer’s rebate amount? No, we are not changing the incentive rates or eligibility criteria. Projects can be completed once the program re-opens.

Questions or concerns? Please contact the account manager at 804-228-4715.

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On May 15, 2015, Maryland Public Service Commission (MD PSC) approved the Exelon/Pepco Holdings (PH)I merger and upon closure of the merger on March 23, 2016, Prince George's County residents and businesses began receiving millions of dollars in benefits such as rate credits, low income bill assistance, and enhance reliability.  The programs listed below are also funded by the Exelon/PHI merger. 

Clean Energy Efficiency & Rooftop Solar Grants
The Clean Energy Grant builds on Maryland and Prince George's County's energy-efficiency and carbon reduction goals and will help in making our County more energy resilient, using a holistic approach to break energy injustice and barriers. We offer residents within the Pepco service territory of these nine neighborhoods, classified as Energy Resiliency Zones (ERZs), the ability to apply for grants to perform energy efficiency retrofits and subsequently, install solar photovoltaic (PV) system. 

Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 21 defines resiliency as "the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions". From an energy perspective, resiliency is the ability to prepare for and adapt to utility disruptions and recover quickly from these disruptions. It involves the deployment of distributed energy resources such as energy efficiency, renewable energy such as solar PV and thermal, battery storage, and microgrids. To learn more, selecApply for Grants TODAY!

Energy Star Certification & Green Leasing Grant (Natural Gas Incentives Now Available)
Sustainable Energy provide grants to existing office and multifamily building owners that are Pepco and/or Washington Gas customers to perform energy and water efficiency retrofits, and also to obtain the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s Energy Star certification. Additionally, the building owners are to adopt various best practices in Green Leasing to motivate landlords and tenants to engage in energy efficient practices. Apply for Grants TODAY!

Sustainable Energy Workforce Development Program (SEWDP)
SEWDP will play a critical role in establishing and advanced energy industry in the County building employment capacity in the energy sector. SEWDP unites the business community with training institutions, community-based organizations, and the local workforce development board to provide work-based learning and occupational skills training to prepare eligible Prince George's County residents, within the Pepco service territory, for employment in the sustainable energy sector. Examples of sustainable energy jobs or careers include but are not limited to: energy auditors, solar photovoltaic or solar water heater installers, wind energy technicians, and weatherization technicians. To learn more, visit sustainable energy job training.

Energizing Student Potential (Energy Literacy)
In partnership with Exelon/Pepco, Prince Georges County Public Schools (PGCPS), and the OCS Sustainable Energy, The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Energizing Student Potential is the first-of-its-kind STEM educational initiative implemented in PGCPS with a specific emphasis on energy efficiency, conservation, and alternative energy. Over 9,000 PGCPS students from elementary and middle schools participated in the energy literacy effort during 2017-2019 school years. Academic year 2018-2019 included 29 schools (10 returning schools) and 80 teachers engaged in the program, with at least 6010 participating students. Professional development trainings were held in Bowie, MD on October 13th, December 15th, and February 23rd. The students and teachers performed energy audits of their schools with a Certified Energy Manager, completed a curriculum on the science of energy, energy transformations, and renewable energy, and other energy activities. The effort will continue into 2019-2020 school year and expand to other schools.

Green Energy Loan Fund
FSC First serves as the Green Energy Loan Fund Manager and provides loan guaranty to participating lenders to compel them to provide financing for sustainable energy projects. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to: energy storage, community solar and other distributed energy generation, energy and water efficiency in buildings, microgrids, clean transportation, resiliency measures, and more. 

The loan fund is unique in that it is: 1) managed by FSC First, a U.S. Treasury Community Development Financial Institution, whose goal is to expand economic opportunities in local communities by providing access to financial products and services; and 2) requires the use of diverse, minority-owned businesses and lenders to implement the projects.