Four Maryland nonprofits receive funding to build low-income solar

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced $1.5 million in awards to build new solar on the primary residence of low-income Marylanders. Funding for this project is made possible through MEA’s Low Income Solar Grant Program, which is funded by the Strategic Energy Investment Fund.

“Through this program, MEA remains committed to making solar energy accessible to low-income households in Maryland,” said MEA Director Dr. Mary Beth Tung. “MEA hopes to use data from this program to make future decisions about the benefits of solar energy systems in low-income communities. Installing solar energy systems will not only help reduce energy costs for Marylanders, but will also help promote clean and renewable energy across the state.”

MEA will provide grants for the design and installation of solar power systems for a limited number of low-income single-family (LI) homes that have received energy audit and weathering-type energy efficiency upgrades as part of MEA’s Low- to-Moderate Income Energy Efficiency Grant Program. The Pilot Low Income Solar Grant program provides up to 100% of the costs for the design and installation of solar systems ranging in size from 1 kW to 10 kW, with a maximum of $25,000 per home.

The four organizations selected to receive Low Income Solar Grants are:

  • Arundel Community Development Services (ACDS): A private non-profit organization founded in 1993 by Anne Arundel County to ensure the efficient delivery of community development services to those most in need. The total award amount of ACDS is up to $433,333, which will serve at least 17 low-income homes.
  • Building Change: Building Change: A non-profit organization based in Prince George’s County, Maryland, whose mission is to advance consumer empowerment through advocacy, thought leadership, education and developing technology solutions to improve healthy living, the to promote and finance the built environment, community development and sustainable development. building practices. Building Change’s total award amount is up to $433,333, which will serve at least 17 low-income homes.
  • Civic Works: Operates Education, Community Improvement and Energy Conservationon programs. Civic Works has developed an extensive network of low-income Maryland customers who have previously received energy audit and weathering energy efficiency services. Civic Works’ total grant amount is up to $433,333, which will serve at least 17 low-income homes.
  • Green & Healthy Homes (GHHI): Committed to addressing the social determinants of health and promoting racial and health equity through the creation of healthy, safe and energy-efficient homes. GHHI proposed integrating MEA renewable energy financing with various leveraged sources to identify and install solar on at least eight low-income homes with a total fee of up to $200,000.

News release from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)

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