Maryland Energy Administration awards $1.1 Million in Competitive Grants to Five Clean Energy Generation Projects
ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 2, 2012) – Today, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced five recipients of the new "Game Changer Competitive Grant Program," a program created to provide cost-sharing grants for innovative clean energy generation technologies and market strategies in Maryland. The winning grantees embrace either a new technology or a new methodology that extends beyond existing renewable energy generation; the Game Changers seek to advance the market into uncharted territory. Winners were evaluated on the merits of their energy production, cost-effectiveness, market potential, project viability, cost share, project performance measurement and verification methodology, and project visibility. The projects are funded based on their ability to help the State meet its renewable energy portfolio standard of 20% by 2022, and the grant recipients’ progress towards that goal will be evaluated for two years following their award.
"MEA strongly believes that investing in Game Changer technologies and analyzing their performance in our state is a smart investment that will yield very positive returns to Maryland families and businesses,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, Acting Director of the Maryland Energy Administration. “These highly leveraged projects will help jump start innovative and commercially available technologies for the future and economic benefits for communities.”
Funding for the program comes from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund, which was created from public auctions of carbon credits through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Game Changing technologies include large-scale biomass boilers, community wind project assessments, advanced solar thermal water heating systems and assessments, photovoltaics (PV) with advanced energy storage in micro-grid configurations, and PV/storage systems that can charge next-generation electric vehicles (EVs). Grant recipients range from greenhouses to developers working with General Motors. For more information, please see the full press release link below.