Maryland Energy Administration releases new funding for building resilient microgrids
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has announced new funding for microgrids, resilient power systems, resilience hubs and other distributed energy sources that provide affordable, reliable and sustainable energy to communities and organizations in Maryland prone to power outages.
In the fall of 2021, MEA provided funds through the Resilient Maryland and Resiliency Hub programs to generate opportunities for greater deployment of DER in the state to mitigate the damaging effects of power outages caused by severe weather, malicious cyber incidents and other threats to integrity. help reduce. of the Maryland power grid.
“Our state continues to be a leader and innovator in a growing clean energy economy, and the projects funded through these programs are testament to those efforts,” said Mary Beth Tung, director of the Maryland Energy Administration. “Microgrids, resilience hubs and other systems, in addition to clean and efficient energy upgrades, are key components to achieving a truly resilient Maryland.”
Resilient Maryland Capital Development Pilot Program
MEA has launched its Resilient Maryland Capital Development Pilot Program, a new funding opportunity from its Resilient Maryland program. This innovative pilot program will provide funds to communities, businesses, organizations, utilities in Maryland, including municipal, electrical cooperatives and others, to help fund the equipment, installation, commissioning and interconnection costs for comprehensive microgrid systems that each deliver positive results. These include strengthening the resilience of essential organizations and infrastructure for community security and continuity, socio-economic equity and contributing to the clean energy economy.
FY22 Resilient Planning and Design Program in Maryland
MEA reopens the FY22 Resilient Maryland planning and design program for a second round after a much requested first round. Originally launched as a pilot in FY20, Resilient Maryland is providing funds to Maryland corporations, state and local governments and others to help cover the costs of conducting critical feasibility analysis and pre-construction planning for microgrids, resilient facility flow systems and resilience hubs.
FY22 Resiliency Hub Grant Program
MEAs FY22 Resiliency Hub Grant Program will also return for a second round. This program provides funds to Maryland organizations to establish resilience hubs for their communities. A resilience hub is a community location, such as a school, community center, library, or faith-based institution, where residents can easily and safely gather during a power outage and receive emergency power to power portable electronics such as cell phones and laptops, portable medical devices, refrigeration for temperature-sensitive items. and conditioned space to stay at safe and healthy temperatures. Resources provided through this program support solar and battery energy storage systems, as well as associated racking, mounting, and wiring equipment.
The application deadline for the Resilient Maryland Capital Development Pilot Program and Resilient Maryland Planning Program is 5:00 PM EST March 31, 2022. The deadline for the Resiliency Hub Grant Program is 5:00 PM EST March 1, 2022.
News release from the Maryland Energy Administration