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Add State and Local Incentives to the 30% Federal Tax Credit
Learn about solar incentives and solar rebates. Find out what is available to you through federal, state and local programs, as well as local utilities.
State and Local Solar Panel Rebates
Combining the Federal tax credit with state incentives you qualify for may significantly reduce the cost of your solar PV system.

Read more good news about these programs and important tips on qualifying below.
Federal Solar Tax Credit
30% of the cost of your Solar Electric System and installation can be deducted from your federal tax bill.

Read more about this credit and what qualifies.





Solar Incentives by State… Click on your state to see what is available.    
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— You may be able to afford a larger solar PV system than you originally thought!
— You may be able to add the battery backup system you were planning to buy in a year or two



The Good News About Solar System Incentives, Qualifications and Tips
Some solar incentive programs pay you back over time, based on the energy you generate. Other solar incentives are one-time payments of rebates or credits. Incentive requirements and definitions may vary between states.

Incentive types can be specifically for residential, schools, business, or industrial; or inclusive of all of them. Solar incentives are mainly for grid tied systems and are sometimes available for off grid systems.

The incentives may be only for solar photovoltaic (electric), for electricity generated by wind, or for solar thermal (hot water generation). Other types of incentives may incorporate multiple solar technologies.

Programs with yearly or periodic application dates have credits or rebate rates that may be stepped down over time.

To qualify for incentives, your solar system may have to be installed by a licensed Photovoltaic System Installer, and/or connected to the grid by a licensed Electrician. This may be particularly true for Grid-Tie (Grid-Intertied) systems.
Plan ahead and act quickly. Many incentive programs are time sensitive. First-come-first-served programs, such as lotteries, can be spoken for in minutes after the opening of their application date.

Be careful including incentives in your PV system's budget due to requirements and possible deadlines to meet before qualifying.

Always consult a tax professional in regards to your eligibility for tax incentives.





Solar Incentive Glossary
Battery Backup Systems
Battery backup systems can store electricity from the grid or a fuel-powered generator to provide emergency power when the grid goes down. It can also store energy created PV system to power appliances and lights at night after the sun goes down.

Feed in Tariffs,
a Performance Based Incentive, or PBI

(Available for Grid Tied Systems.)
Feed-in Tariffs are typically long term contracts with your local utility for performance-based compensation.

The contracts are typically a 15-25 year purchase agreement at a guaranteed rate. The rate may decrease over time as specified in the agreement. Feed-in Tariffs may ultimately pay for your PV system or even exceed your initial investment depending on the specifics in the contract.

Originally started in Germany in 1990 and restructured in 2000 to include the right to interconnect to the utility grid. It was designed as an incentive to promote cost-effective renewable energy use and advancements in technologies. Due to its success, the current German policy is the cornerstone for the creation of many feed-in tariff programs around the globe.

Green Building Programs
(May be available for Off-grid and/or Grid-tied Systems.)
Green Building Programs are generally for new construction and remodeling, or just adding a solar electric system. The most common incentives are reductions or waivers of building permit fees. Some state or local organizations offer coupons that reduce construction and/or installation costs to homeowners. The home or business owner usually gives the coupon to their program-authorized installer/contractor. Once the system is installed the installer/contractor can be reimbursed for the amount of the coupon by the program's organization.

Grid-Tied PV Systems
Grid tied systems are inter-connected to send energy back to the grid when your solar electric system creates more than you're using; and you can receive energy from the grid when you're using more electricity than your system is generating at the moment. Learn more about grid-tied solar systems.

Loans
(May be available for Off-grid and/or Grid-tied Systems.)
State or local governments may offer low or zero interest loans for renewable energy projects. Terms are typically 10 years or less. If you are going to purchase or remodel a home that you are going to add a solar system to you may also want to see the Energy Star website for information on Energy Improvement Mortgages (EIMs).

Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing may be offered by states that have been authorized to participate in this program. The amount of the loan is determined by a special assessment of your property and is typically repaid over a period of years.

Check with your local banks and credit unions as they may offer renewable energy loans for less than the prime rate. Also consider that mortgage loans and home equity loans can offer several advantages: longer terms, lower interest rates than conventional bank loans, and tax-deductible interest.
Net Metering
(Available for Grid Tied Systems.)
As of January 2012, only four states do not have net metering policies ‐ South Dakota, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. These programs are for utility customers who generate their own electricity and feed excess energy back into the grid. Net-metered customers may use grid energy when their electrical demand exceeds their solar electric system's output. Solar electric credit rates are applied to the customer's total electric use and are shown on the utility bills.

The credit rates and rules vary from state to state. Unused solar electric system credits may expire in a specified time period or they may be carried over from year to year. The credits may only be applied to the utility bill or you may be allowed to get a refund check at the end of a designated period, usually the end of the year.

Off-Grid PV Systems
Off grid systems do not feed energy back to the grid. You may be completely independent from the grid or you may be receiving grid electricity to supplement your system (Grid-Assisted). Learn more about off-grid solar systems.

Solar PV System (Photovoltaics)
A solar PV system uses photovoltaic panels (or modules) to create electricity. This powers appliances, lights, and other electric equipment.

Solar Thermal System
A solar thermal system uses panels (or modules) to heat water. The hot water is typically used instead of a water heater for everyday water use, or in a radiant heating system to warm the air.

State and Local Tax Incentives
(May be available for Off-grid and/or Grid-tied Systems.)
  • Personal tax incentives include income tax credits (dollar-for-dollar reduction on what you owe) and income tax deductions (reduces your taxable income).
  • Property tax exemptions, exclusions and credit incentives generally exclude the added value of the system from your yearly property tax. Abatements may reduce a percentage of your yearly property tax over time.
  • State sales tax incentives can be an exemption from or a credit towards the applicable sales tax.
Utility Rate Discounts & Rebates
(Available for Grid Tied Systems.)
Some utilities and state or local programs may offer temporarily reduced rates on utility bills, or one time rebates on the installation of solar systems and purchases of energy efficient appliances and/or HVAC systems.


Updated: 12/03/2016
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Maryland Solar Incentives
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INCENTIVE NAME: Solar Easements & Rights Laws
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Access Policy
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD01R
LAST UPDATE: 10/17/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: State Agency Loan Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Loan Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Oil Overcharge Restitution Trust funds, RGGI, ARRA
CODE: MD08F
DETAILS:
Maximum Loan - Loan amount range from $50,000 to $250,000

Loan Term - 1% administrative fee
Repayments are made from agency's fuel and utility budget

Interest Rate - 0% interest
BUDGET: FY 2014: $1.7 million
WEBSITE: http://energy.maryland.gov/govt/Pages/stateloan.aspx
LAST UPDATE: 11/20/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Local Option - Property Tax Credit for Renewables and Energy Conservation Devices
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD03F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Varies by jurisdiction; credit may be available for up to 3 years.
Maximum Incentive - Varies by jurisdiction.
LAST UPDATE: 08/06/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Net Metering
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Net Metering
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD03R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - All utilities
System Capacity Limit - 2 MW (30 kW for micro-CHP); also limited to that needed to meet 200% of baseline customer electricity usage
Aggregate Capacity Limit - 1,500 MW (~10% of 2014 peak demand)
Net Excess Generation - Credited to customer's next bill at retail rate; reconciled annually in April at the commodity energy supply rate
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Customer owns RECs
Meter Aggregation - Allowed for agricultural customers, non-profit organizations, and municipal governments or their affiliates
WEBSITE: http://webapp.psc.state.md.us/Intranet/CaseNum/submit_new.cfm?DirPath=\ColdfusionEWorkingGroupsinterconnection%20for%20Net%20Metering&CaseN=Interconnection%20for%20Net%20Metering
LAST UPDATE: 04/05/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Montgomery County - Green Power Purchasing
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Green Power Purchasing
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD08R
DETAILS:
Renewables % or Amount - 50% by 2015
100% by 2016

Source - Tier 1 renewable energy source
WEBSITE: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgtmpl.asp?url=/content/dep/energy/energyL2.asp#renewable
LAST UPDATE: 08/03/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Clean Energy Procurement
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Green Power Purchasing
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD07R
DETAILS:
Renewables % or Amount - 20%
Source - Wind, solar
WEBSITE: http://www.dgs.maryland.gov/energy/index.html
LAST UPDATE: 10/17/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Interconnection Standards
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Interconnection
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD06R
DETAILS:
Applicable Utilities - All utilities
System Capacity Limit - 10 MW
Standard Agreement - Yes
Insurance Requirements - Vary by system size and/or type; levels established by PSC
External Disconnect Switch - Required
Net Metering Required - No
WEBSITE: http://webapp.psc.state.md.us/intranet/electricinfo/home_new.cfm
LAST UPDATE: 05/20/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Residential Clean Energy Grant Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF)
CODE: MD14F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - PV: $1,000 (flat per installation/household incentive)
SWH: $500 (flat per installation/household incentive)
GHC: $3,000 per project
Maximum Incentive - PV: $1,000 (flat per installation/household incentive)
SWH: $500 (flat per installation/household incentive)
GHC: $3,000 per project
Eligible System Size - PV: up to 20 kW
SWH: 10-100 square feet
GHC: 1-10 tons
Equipment Requirements - All equipments must be new;PV: Systems must meet applicable UL, IEEE, and NEC standards;
SWH: Must be SRCC OG-100 certified;
GHC: Must meet ENERGY STAR standard
Installation Requirements - Installer NABCEP certification will be required for PV projects
Property must be primary Maryland residence

Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Remains with project owner
Must apply for certification as a qualifying generation from Maryland PSC to produce Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC)
WEBSITE: http://energy.maryland.gov/residential/Pages/incentives/CleanEnergyGrants.aspx
LAST UPDATE: 11/20/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Renewables Portfolio Standard
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD05R
DETAILS:
Standard - 20% by 2022
Technology Minimum - Solar: 2% by 2020
Offshore Wind: TBD, 2.5% maximum beginning in 2017
Compliance Multipliers - Expired
REC Lifetime - 3 years
Credit Trading/Tracking System - Yes (PJM-GATS)
Alternative Compliance Payment - For 2015
Tier 1 (Non-Solar): $40/MWh
Tier 1 Solar: $350/MWh
Tier 2: $15/MWh
IPL Tier 1: $2.50/MWh
WEBSITE: http://webapp.psc.state.md.us/intranet/ElectricInfo/home_new.cfm
LAST UPDATE: 03/07/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Clean Energy Production Tax Credit (Corporate)
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Corporate Tax Credit
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD16F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - $0.0085/kWh ($0.005/kWh for co-fired electricity)
Maximum Incentive - $2.5 million (total credits allowed during five-year period)
Eligible System Size - No specific system size restrictions; however, the initial credit certificate minimum is $1,000
Carryover Provisions - Credits are refundable
BUDGET: Total credit of $25 million by 2016.
WEBSITE: http://energy.maryland.gov/business/Pages/Incentives/CleanEnergyTaxCredit.aspx
LAST UPDATE: 01/08/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Clean Energy Production Tax Credit (Personal)
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Personal Tax Credit
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD17F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - $0.0085/kWh ($0.005/kWh for co-fired electricity)
Maximum Incentive - $2.5 million (total credits allowed during five-year period)
Eligible System Size - No specific system size restrictions; however, the initial credit certificate minimum is $1,000
Carryover Provisions - Credits are refundable
WEBSITE: http://energy.maryland.gov/Business/CleanEnergyTaxCredit.html
LAST UPDATE: 01/08/2016

INCENTIVE NAME: Energy Conservation in State Buildings
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD12R
WEBSITE: http://energy.maryland.gov/Govt/stateBuildAct.html
LAST UPDATE: 10/17/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Local Option - Property Tax Credit for High Performance Buildings
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD19F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Varies
Maximum Incentive - Varies
Eligible System Size - Specifically requires LEED Silver rating (all structures) or NGBS Silver rating (residential only), but other comparable systems or state approved green building guidelines are permitted
LAST UPDATE: 07/28/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Property Tax Exemption for Solar and Wind Energy Systems
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD20F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 100% real property tax exemption for solar and wind energy property
LAST UPDATE: 10/15/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Harford County - Property Tax Credit for Solar and Geothermal Devices
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD24F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 100% of total real property taxes on the host structure for one year
Maximum Incentive - $2,500 per device; $5,000 per property per fiscal year
Equipment Requirements - Devices must meet safety and performance standards set by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
WEBSITE: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/Downloads.cfm?FormID=969
LAST UPDATE: 05/13/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Anne Arundel County - Solar and Geothermal Equipment Property Tax Credits
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD26F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 50% of the cost of materials and installation less any federal and state grants and state solar energy tax credits
Maximum Incentive - $2,500
WEBSITE: http://www.aacounty.org/Finance/Forms.cfm
LAST UPDATE: 05/13/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Equipment
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Sales Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD27F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 100% exemption
Maximum Incentive - None
LAST UPDATE: 10/15/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Prince George's County - Solar and Geothermal Residential Property Tax Credit
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD28F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 50% of eligible costs
Maximum Incentive - Space Heating: $5,000
Water Heating: $1,500
Solar Electric (PV): $5,000
LAST UPDATE: 05/13/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Montgomery County - High Performance Building Property Tax Credit
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD34F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 10% to 75% credit from property taxes owed on building for 3-5 years; varies by building type and building rating
Maximum Incentive - Total: $5 million per fiscal year limit for all buildings
Silver rating: $1.5 million per fiscal year
Gold rating: $2.5 million per fiscal year
Eligible System Size - Building must meet minimum LEED standards (CS, NC, or EB) or equivalent to qualify
WEBSITE: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/finance/taxes/individual.html
LAST UPDATE: 07/28/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Howard County - High Performance and Green Building Property Tax Credit
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD39F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - High Performance Buildings (except R-2, R-3 buildings): credit of 10% to 75% of taxes owed for 3 to 5 years; varies by building type and building rating

High Performance R-2, R-3 Buildings: credit of 19% to 100% of taxes owed for 4 years; varies by building rating and declines for each year claimed (i.e., the Year 2 % is less than Year 1)

Green Buildings (w/energy conservation devices): credit of 14% - 20% of cost of device for 3 years; varies by building rating
Maximum Incentive - High Performance Buildings (except R-2, R-3 buildings): none specified
High Performance R-2, R-3 Buildings: $5,000 per building or owner-occupied unit
Green Buildings (w/energy conservation devices): limited to assessed property taxes on the structure
Equipment Requirements - High Performance Buildings: Building must meet minimum LEED Silver (2009 CS, EB, or LEED for Homes); NGBC Silver or equivalent standard allowed if adopted by the director of inspections, licenses and permits
Green Buildings (w/energy conservation devices): Buildings must be LEED certified at a minimum.
WEBSITE: http://countyofhowardmd.us/Departments.aspx?ID=1465#anch71808
LAST UPDATE: 08/10/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Rebate Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF)
CODE: MD47F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - PV: $30-$60/kW (varies by capacity)
SWH: $10-$20/square foot (varies by total panel area)
Geothermal Heating and Cooling: $90-$180/ ton
Maximum Incentive - PV: $6,000
SWH: $5,000
Eligible System Size - PV: 1 - 200 kW
SWH: 50 - 1,200 square feet
Equipment Requirements - All equipment must be new
PV: systems must be grid-tied and meet all applicable UL, IEEE, and NEC standards, and be in compliance with the state net metering law;
SHW: collectors must be SRCC OG-100 certified
GHC: Must meet ENERGY STAR standards and must displace electric or non-natural gas heating
Installation Requirements - Installer NABCEP certification will be required for PV systems
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits - Remains with project owner
WEBSITE: http://energy.maryland.gov/business/Pages/incentives/cleanenergygrants.aspx
LAST UPDATE: 06/24/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Baltimore County - Property Tax Credit for High Performance Buildings and Homes
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD62F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Commercial: 10% - 80% of county real property taxes assessed for 3 - 5 years
Homes (LEED or NGBS): 40% - 100% of county real property taxes assessed for 3 - 5 years
Homes (Energy Improvements): varies, equal to the % of energy efficiency improvement over a baseline of existing home or the energy code for new homes
Maximum Incentive - No limits for individual buildings but total credits issued are limited as follows:
Commercial: $5 million total in aggregate
Homes: $1 million in aggregate in any fiscal year
Equipment Requirements - Commercial: Minimum Silver certification under LEED-NC, LEED-CS, or LEED-EB
Homes: Minimum Silver certification under LEED for Homes or NGBS, or minimum energy savings of 30% compared to baseline
WEBSITE: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/environment/sustainability/residents.html
LAST UPDATE: 07/28/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Anne Arundel County - High Performance Dwelling Property Tax Credit
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD71F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - LEED or NGBS Silver: 40% of property taxes for 5 years
LEED or NGBS Gold: 60% of real property taxes for 5 years
LEED Platinum or NGBS Emerald: 80% of real property taxes for 5 years
Maximum Incentive - LEED or NGBS Silver: $1,000
LEED or NGBS Gold: $2,000
LEED Platinum or NGBS Emerald: $3,000
Equipment Requirements - Dwellings must meet or exceed LEED or NGBS Silver standards in order to qualify
WEBSITE: http://www.aacounty.org/Finance/Forms.cfm
LAST UPDATE: 07/28/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Residential Solar and Wind Electricity Sales
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Sales Tax Incentive
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD73F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - 100% exemption from sales and use tax
Maximum Incentive - None
LAST UPDATE: 10/15/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Baltimore County - Property Tax Credit for Solar and Geothermal Devices
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Property Tax Incentive
SECTOR: Local
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD79F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Allocated budget for these credits has been met. New applications will be placed on a wait list that extends to at least July 2024.

50% of eligible costs
Maximum Incentive - Heating System: $5,000
Hot Water Supply System: $1,500
Electricity Generation: $5,000
Cooling: $5,000
Equipment Requirements - Systems must meets national safety and performance standards set by a nationally recognized testing laboratory for that type of device
LAST UPDATE: 05/13/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Permits and Variances for Solar Panels, Calculation of Impervious Cover
CATEGORY: Regulatory Policy
TYPE: Solar/Wind Permitting Standards
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD17R
LAST UPDATE: 10/17/2014

INCENTIVE NAME: Game Changer Competitive Grant Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Grant Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
SOURCE: Strategic Energy Investment Fund
CODE: MD86F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Varies from $50,000 to $250,000 covering up to 30% of the project cost
Installation Requirements - Must result in additional renewable energy capacity in the State of Maryland

BUDGET: $1 million
WEBSITE: http://energy.maryland.gov/business/Pages/Incentives/gamechanger.aspx
LAST UPDATE: 11/20/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Parking Lot Solar PV with EV Charger Grant Program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Grant Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD89F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Up to $300 per kW (DC) of PV installed per project
Maximum Incentive - $150,000 per project
Equipment Requirements - Must install at least 75kW of solar PV panels on a canopy structure over parking lot
Must include at least 4 qualified Level II or Level III EV chargers
PV system must be in compliance with UL 1741 and UL 1703
Installation Requirements - Must include minimum of 4 electric vehicle chargers
BUDGET: $1 million (FY2016), $2 million (FY 2015)
WEBSITE: http://energy.maryland.gov/business/Pages/incentives/PVEVprogram.aspx
LAST UPDATE: 11/20/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Mathias Agricultural Energy Efficiency Grant program
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Grant Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD91F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Energy Efficiency measures: 50% of the project costs after all other incentives and grants has been applied;
Renewable Energy measures: 25% of the cost
Minimum grant amount of $25,000 (without applying other available incentives)
Maximum Incentive - $60,000
Equipment Requirements - Total project cost should at least be $20,000
Installation Requirements - Renewable energy projects should be installed and operated in compliance of local and county codes, and must beet NEC standards
Solar PV must be UL 1741, UL1703 certified
Solar PV must be net metered
BUDGET: $650,000 (FY16) ,$550,000 (FY15)
WEBSITE: http://energy.maryland.gov/business/Pages/incentives/FY2016mathiasag.aspx
LAST UPDATE: 11/20/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs)
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Solar Renewable Energy Credit Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD92F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Varies based on market conditions; as of March 2015 Maryland-sourced SRECs traded at average at $160/MWh ($0.16/kWh) as provided in SREC Trade.
Maximum Incentive - Theoretical maximum of $400/MWh (the 2012 Solar Alternative Compliance Payment, or SACP) or $0.40/kWh for SRECs used for compliance under the MD RPS*
Eligible System Size - No specific size limit; but systems generally must be connected to the distribution system serving the state in order to qualify; residential solar water heating systems are limited to producing 5 SRECs annually
Duration - SREC is valid for 3 years after it is generated
Installation Requirements - Solar water heating facilities may not be used for the solar purpose of heating a pool or hot tub and must use SRCC OG-100 certified collectors
WEBSITE: http://webapp.psc.state.md.us/intranet/ElectricInfo/home_new.cfm
LAST UPDATE: 04/27/2015

INCENTIVE NAME: Maryland Smart Energy Communities Grant
CATEGORY: Financial Incentive
TYPE: Grant Program
SECTOR: State
TECHNOLOGY: Solar Photovoltaics,
CODE: MD100F
DETAILS:
Incentive Amount - Funding based on population size and funding availabilily
Maximum Incentive - Funding by sector:
$600,000 for energy efficiency measures,
$900,000 for renewable energy and transportation
$1,000,000 for energy efficiency projects that serve low-to-moderate income

BUDGET: $3 million (FY2016)
WEBSITE: http://energy.maryland.gov/govt/Pages/smartenergycommunities.aspx
LAST UPDATE: 11/20/2015