Other Financing & Incentive Programs

DSIRE Database

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of federal, state and some local incentives. Go to this page and filter by Maryland/Non-Residential/Public Sector to find all current information about incentives for renewables and efficiency programs. Detailed information is provided directly by the jurisdiction offering the incentive.

State Incentives & Programs

  • Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program (CEGP) - Provides grants for renewable energy projects such as photo voltaic (PV) systems, solar water heating, geothermal, small wind. $500-$75,000 loan amounts based on type of project. No set program expiration.
  • Clean Communities Grant Program - Provides grants to local governments and/or non-profits. Grant funds allow these entities to enable energy efficiency in low-to-moderate income households. Maximum grant award established on county-by-county basis, based on county’s low- to moderate-income population. No set program expiration.
  • Utility Commercial & Industrial Programs - Provided by each utility: Allegheny Power, BGE, Delmarva Power, PEPCO, SMECO. Up to 80 percent rebate on improvement costs for utility customers. No set program expiration.
  • Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan Program - Provides eligible non-profit organizations (including hospitals and private schools), local governments (including public school systems and community colleges), and businesses in Maryland a unique opportunity to reduce operating expenses by identifying and installing energy conservation improvements and efficiency measures. Up to $500,000 loan amount. No set program expiration.
  • State Agency Loan Program - Provides loans to Maryland state agencies for cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in state facilities. Maximum award of $2,000,000. Must be used to increase energy efficiency at state buildings or facilities. No set program expiration.
  • Geothermal Heat Pump Grants

Utility Rebates Programs

Federal Incentives & Programs

Listings reflect information collected via public listings of federal incentive programs for government and nonprofit energy efficiency and renewable power projects.

USDA - High Energy Cost Grant Program

This incentive program is open to commercial, residential, nonprofit, local government, state government, and tribal government projects. Applicable technologies include: electric generation, transmission, and distribution facilities; natural gas or petroleum storage or distribution facilities; renewable energy facilities used for on-grid or off-grid electric power generation, water or space heating, or process heating and power; backup up or emergency power generation or energy storage equipment; and weatherization of residential and community property, or other energy efficiency or conservation programs.

The program is offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on an ongoing basis for the improvement of energy generation, transmission, and distribution facilities in rural communities. Eligibility is limited to projects in communities that have energy costs at least 275% above the national average. Individuals, non-profits, commercial entities, state and local governments, and tribal governments are eligible for this grant. Individuals must work on a project that will benefit the community in order to qualify. Grant values range from $75,000 to $5 million.

USDA Biorefinery Assistance Program

Provides funding for up to 50% of the total eligible project costs for biorefineries to install renewable biomass systems for heating and power at their facilities; or, to produce new energy from renewable biomass.

Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs)

This incentive program is open to state, local, and tribal governments. Applicable technologies include: solar thermal electric and photovoltaics; wind; biomass; geothermal electric; municipal solid waste, anaerobic digestion, and landfill gas; CHP/cogeneration; and hydroelectric, hydrokinetic, tidal energy, wave energy, and ocean thermal.

QECBs are issued by the federal government and may be used by state, local and tribal governments to finance certain types of energy projects. QECBs are qualified tax credit bonds, and in this respect are similar to new Clean Renewable Energy Bonds or CREBs. February 2009 legislation set a limit of $3.2 billion on the volume of energy conservation tax credit bonds that may be issued by state and local governments. In April 2009, the IRS issued Notice 2009-29 providing interim guidance on how the program will operate and how the bond volume will be allocated. Subsequently, H.R. 2847 enacted in March 2010 introduced an option allowing issuers of QECBs and New CREBs to recoup part of the interest they pay on a qualified bond through a direct subsidy from the Department of Treasury. Guidance from the IRS on this option was issued in April 2010 under Notice 2010-35.

U.S. Department of Energy - Loan Guarantee Program  

This incentive program is open to commercial, industrial, nonprofit, school, state and local government, agricultural, institutional, non-federal entity, and manufacturing facility projects. Applicable technologies include: solar thermal electric, thermal process heat, daylighting, and photovoltaics; wind; geothermal electric; hydroelectric, tidal energy, wave energy, and ocean thermal; fuel cells and fuel cells using renewable fuels; and biodiesel.

The U.S. DOE is authorized to issue loan guarantees for projects that "avoid, reduce or sequester air pollutants or anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases; and employ new or significantly improved technologies as compared to commercial technologies in service in the United States at the time the guarantee is issued." The loan guarantee program has been authorized to offer more than $10 billion in loan guarantees for energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced transmission and distribution projects.

Loan amounts vary, but the program focuses on projects with total project costs over $25 million.