Clean Energy Grant Overview

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BACKGROUND

Prince George’s County is working to improve the quality of life in nine designated neighborhoods, classified as Energy Resiliency Zones (ERZs), while identifying ways to improve service delivery throughout the county for all residents. The ERZs evolved from a County initiative, formerly known as Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI), which utilized several metriFigure1Energyc indicators such as education, public safety, and employment to identify key neighborhoods across the County needing holistic uplifting

Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 21 defines resilience 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.

The Clean Energy Grant builds on Maryland and Prince George’s County’s energy-efficiency and carbon reduction goals, and seeks to help alleviate efficiency challenges faced by County residents. Taking the link between energy efficiency and social inequality to heart, and helping to break the cycle of energy inefficiency and energy poverty, the Clean Energy Grants are to assist ERZ residents with adopting energy efficiency and water efficiency measures, and for subsequent access to rooftop solar photovoltaics.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Funds can be used to offset the costs of various energy efficiency, water efficiency, and retrofitting measures, and for professional services needed to address barriers and transform to higher efficiency and of renewable energy adoption (rooftop solar energy) for the respective property. 

Participants of the Clean Energy Grant, are required to apply to the applicable EmPOWER Maryland incentive program: for market rate applicants, Pepco's Home performance with ENERGY STAR Program, or for income-qualified applicants, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's (DHCD) Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP).

Grants will be available to offset the costs of measures as recommended by a home energy assessment, to facilitate implementation of efficiency measures - funds may also be used to address challenges that would prevent the adoption of recommended efficiency measures. Upon completion of energy efficiency upgrades, residents in ERZ designated communities may apply for rooftop solar grants. 

1. ENERGY EFFICIENCY GRANT

Grants up to $5,000, after incentives from the respective EmPOWER Maryland programs, to offset:

a)    Up to $100 of the cost, post EmPOWER Maryland incentive, of comprehensive whole-home energy audit such as the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program (the “free” or Quick Home Energy Checkup audits are not sufficient);

b)    The participant's cost to implement efficiency measures; and  

c)     The participant's cost to address deficiencies which prevent adoption of recommended efficiency measures (i.e. health and safety measures up to 15% of the grant).

ENERGY EFFICIENCY GRANT ELIGIBILITY

Applicants to the program must: 

  • Live in a single-family residence in one of the following designated ERZs: Bladensburg - East Riverdale: Forestville; Hillcrest Heights - Marlow Heights; Kentland  Palmer Park; Oxon Hill - Glassmanor; Silver Hill; Suitland - Coral Hills; and Woodlawn - Lanham.

Applicants for the Clean Energy Grant can satisfy this condition with the address on record as shown on the recent copy of the electric utility bill. To confirm you are in one of the ERZ communities, you must look up your address the ERZ Address Locator: (http://bit.ly/ERZlocator). Please note the ERZ Address Locator is the definitive tool for determining the eligibility of an application. You must drill in to ensure your address is in the ERZ boundary.

Subject to the availability of funds, grants will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Click here for the flow of the Clean Energy Grant energy efficiency process.

Here is a simple illustration showcasing the Clean Energy Grant application process:STEPS graph


2. SOLAR ENERGY GRANT

Download Grant Instruction, Application, and Terms and Conditions

SOLAR GRANT ELIGIBILITY

  • Reside in one of the ERZ designated communities.
  • Have successfully implemented energy efficiency measures on or after March 23, 2016.
  • Only solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed after January 1, 2018 are eligible. 
  • IMPORTANT: The solar analysis report must demonstrate the project will achieve 10% energy savings or greater per grant requirements. Cost effectiveness is taken into consideration as well.

See Clean Energy Program solar grant application for more details on eligibility.

Please visit OCS Sustainable Energy Program Implementation Plan including grant applicability information to learn more as well.

ROOFTOP SOLAR GRANT ALLOCATION

This option is available to residents in the ERZ designated communities and in the Pepco service area. Grantees must successfully implement energy efficiency measures in order to qualify for funding for solar PV. 

The minimum system size to qualify for a grant is 2kW and have three (3) different program routes:

  1. For income-qualified applicants (total household gross incomes that are less than 60% of the median income for Prince George's County as specified by Maryland Department Housing and Community Development), the maximum grant for homeowner owned systems is 100% of cost up to $10,000 (see Table 2 below);
  2. For market rate applicants, the maximum grant for homeowner owned systems is $5,000; or
  3. Grants for leased systems or power purchase agreements are up to $2,000.Energytable2

Eligible costs are front costs for the solar energy system which include any parts, component, or accessory equipment necessary to operate the device, and reasonable costs associated with installing the device. A maximum of 15% of the grant can be spent on reasonable measures to facilitate the installation of the system on a rooftop. SEP staff should be contacted to ensure the measure qualifies. 

Subject to the availability of funds, grants will be dispersed on a first-come, first-served basis.

SELECTING A SOLAR CONTRACTOR

Residents are empowered to choose their own solar contractor to install their rooftop solar system. In order for a solar company to become a participating contractor as a part of the Clean Energy Rooftop Solar Grant, they must be registered as a vendor of Prince George’s County with the Contract Administration and Procurement Division. 

  • To begin, companies are to complete the vendor registration form which can be found by visiting https://erpvendorapp.sap.mypgc.us
  • If you have further questions about vendor registration, please contact the Supplier Registration Coordinator in the Contract Administration and Procurement Division at 301-883-6400.

Please feel free to reach out to OCS SEP staff with any question or concern pertaining to Clean Energy Grants by calling 301-883-6450 or by emailing TNICleanE@co.pg.md.us


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