The Community Wind Grant Program (CWGP) provides grants to encourage the development of community scale wind projects in Maryland. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) defines a community wind project as “a distributed wind energy project that benefits a local community.”
The program is open to businesses, non-profits, and State, Local, and Municipal governments and their agencies/institutions on a first come, first served basis. Projects that are either purchased or owned by a third party are eligible for the Community Wind Grant Program. In fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019), the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has a combined budget of up to $1 million available for the Residential and Community Wind Grant Programs. All Wind grants are subject to funding availability.
Applicants must follow all instructions and satisfy all requirements throughout the application process as specified in the dropdown menu(s) below and on application forms.
The Program utilizes a tiered approach, with smaller systems receiving a higher kW capacity incentive than larger systems. Grant awards range in size from $500/kW to $4000/kW per project based on system size (review incentive table below) and are awarded on a first come, first serve basis, up to available funding levels.
Community wind grants cannot exceed the lessor of 50 percent of net cost of installation or the dollar amount cap as specified in the incentive table below. Net cost is calculated as the installation cost reduced by other incentives such as grants or tax credits provided by Federal, State, County, or Local governments. Wind turbines eligible under Tier 1 (nameplate capacity between 1 – 25 kW) have additional requirements and special conditions as discussed in further detail in the ‘Requirements’ section below.
*Tier 1 is designed to match the Residential Wind Grant Program incentive and requirement structure.
As shown in the Community Wind Grant (FY 2019) incentive chart, the incentive levels are broken into tiers based on capacity. The Community Wind Tier 1 incentive is designed to match the Residential Wind Grant Program incentive and requirement structure. The following conditions are exclusive to eligible systems in Tier 1.
Please be sure to review and follow all program documents, instructions, and requirements before submitting a Community Wind Grant Application to MEA. Grant applications must include a Primary Point of Contact (PPC). The PPC is responsible for ensuring grant documentation is submitted in a timely, accurate, and complete manner.
The Community Wind Grant Program offers Applicants the option to complete a one-step application process for projects constructed within the last twelve (12) months or a two-step application process for projects that need a definitive grant funding commitment before project construction.
Please download the Application Form, complete it according to the provided instructions, and mail it to:
Maryland Energy Administration
Attn: Wind Programs
1800 Washington Blvd, Suite 755
Baltimore, MD 21230
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
MEA has compiled a number of useful resources that will help you understand the basics of wind energy, deployment of small and community scale wind projects, and how you can plan a career in the wind energy industry.
For questions, suggestions or more information, please contact Samuel Beirne via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at
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