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Commercial Clean Energy Rebate Program

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Update: Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order​ on March 12th mandating teleworking for non-essential state employees across all state agencies in response to COVID-19. The staff of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has been preparing for this possibility and will continue working to serve Marylanders.

During this time, MEA program staff can be reached via email at CERP.MEA@Maryland.gov To expedite the application review process, Commercial Clean Energy Rebate Program applications can be emailed to the MEA as long as the application does not contain personally identifiable information. Applications may have processing times impacted by an office closure due to public health.

The State of Maryland provides Clean Energy Rebates through the Commercial Clean Energy Rebate Program (“C-CERP”) to businesses, nonprofits, local governments, and State of Maryland government agencies and departments that install clean energy systems on facilities located within the state. 

Regulations for the Clean Energy Rebate Program can be viewed here ​or below:
 

​For information on the Parking Lot Solar PV Canopy with Electric Vehicle Charger Program, click here.

The following sections discuss eligibility requirements, how to apply, and related incentive programs.​ 

Purchased System Eligibility Requirements

 

If your organization is a Maryland business, nonprofit, local government, or State of Maryland government agency or department that has purchased and installed a qualified clean energy system on its facility, the following requirements must be met to qualify for a Clean Energy Rebate:

Rebate Applicant and Property Requirements

Businesses and nonprofits must be registered to do business in the State of Maryland.

Businesses and nonprofits must own the property on which the clean energy system is installed. Local governments and State of Maryland government agencies or departments with owned - or leased-facilities are permitted to receive Clean Energy Rebates.

The installation property must be located within the State of Maryland.

Clean Energy Rebates cannot be awarded to projects which are deemed to create an adverse impact on the historical significance of an historical property, or historic district, as determined by the Maryland Historical Trust.  Prominent installations of clean energy systems on historic properties or properties within historic areas will not qualify for this Rebate program. Applicants can visit
Maryland's Environmental Resources and Land Information Network (“MERLIN Online”), to see if a property is recorded in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, the National Register of Historic Places, or a Maryland Historical Trust Preservation Easement.  For a building that falls within these boundaries, pre-coordination with the Maryland Historical Trust ((410) 697-9591 or ​MEA's in-house historical preservation expert (fred.shoken@maryland.gov) should be conducted before installing a prominent clean energy system. For buildings that are 45 years in age, or older, multiple photos of the front of the building taken from different locations on the street (“street view”) are recommended to help expedite the historical review process.

System Requirements


T
he clean energy system must be purchased by the rebate applicant. For systems under leases or power purchase agreements (PPAs), see the section entitled “Third-Party Owned System Eligibility Requirements.”

The clean energy system must be paid in full before MEA will approve any Clean Energy Rebate for payment. 

T
he clean energy system must have all permits required by the county or (local authority having jurisdiction) and pass all required final inspections before a Clean Energy Rebate will be approved for payment by MEA.

Any contractor that installs a clean energy system must have the proper State of Maryland license(s) and install the system to the manufacturer’s specifications and in compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.

Eligible clean energy systems must meet all technology requirements as described in Section I of the
FY21 C-CERP Terms & Conditions.

Additional Requirements


Clean Energy Rebates are limited to one award per clean energy technology per eligible property. Only one technology may be applied for on a single application.

R
ebate Applicants must meet all other requirements specified by the FY21 C-CERP Terms & Conditions.

Third-Party Owned System Eligibility Requirements

 

If your organization is the Lessor or Provider of a solar PV or solar thermal system under a lease or Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”) to a Maryland business, nonprofit, local government, or State of Maryland government agency or department, the following requirements must be met to qualify for a Clean Energy Rebate:

Rebate Applicant and Property Requirements


The Lessor/Provider must be registered to do business in the State of Maryland.

Less
ee/customer businesses and nonprofit organizations must own the property on which the clean energy system is installed. Local governments and State of Maryland government agencies may own or lease the facility on which the clean energy system has been installed.

The installation property must be located within the State of Maryland.


Clean Energy Rebates cannot be awarded to projects which are deemed to create an adverse impact on the historical significance of a historical property, as determined by the Maryland Historical Trust.  Prominent installations of clean energy systems on historic properties or properties within historic areas will not qualify for this Rebate program. Applicants can visit
Maryland's Environmental Resources and Land Information Network (“MERLIN Online”), to see if a property is recorded in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, the National Register of Historic Places, or a Maryland Historical Trust Preservation Easement.  For a building that falls within these boundaries, pre-coordination with the Maryland Historical Trust ((410) 697-9591) or MEA's in-house historic preservation expert (fred.shoken@maryland.gov) should be conducted before installing a prominent clean energy system. For buildings that are 45 years in age, or older, multiple photos of the front of the building taken from different locations on the street (“street view”) are recommended to help expedite the historical review process.

System Requirements

The clean energy system must be under a lease agreement or Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA”).

T
he installation costs for the clean energy system must be documented to be paid-in-full before MEA will approve a Clean Energy Rebate award for payment. 

The clean energy system must have all permits required by the County or local authority having jurisdiction and pass all required final inspections before an application for a Clean Energy Rebate is submitted to MEA.

Any contractor that installs the clean energy system must have the required State of Maryland license(s) and 
install the system to the manufacturer’s specifications and in compliance with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.

Eligible clean energy systems must meet all technology requirements as described in Section I of the FY21 C-CERP Terms & Conditions.

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Additional Requirements


Clean Energy Rebates are limited to one award per clean energy technology per eligible property. Only one technology may be applied for on a single application. 

Rebate Amounts

 

Some rebate award levels have changed from previous fiscal years. FY21 runs from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. Please see the tables below for rebate amounts.

Solar PV, Solar Thermal, and Geothermal

Eligible Solar PV, Solar Thermal, and Geothermal systems must be within the Eligible System capacity ranges listed in the table below.  Systems which fall below the minimum or exceed the maximum sizes do not qualify for Clean Energy Rebates

Clean Energy Technology

Eligible System Capacity Range

Rebate Amount

Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

1-8 kW-dc

8-108 kW-dc

108-250.0 kW-dc

$1,000,

$1,000 + $150/kW *(capacity – 8 kW)

$16,000+$100/kW*(capacity–108 kW)

$20,000 maximum

​Solar Photovoltaic (PV) – rooftop only ​250.1 -375 kW-dc
rooftop only
​​$20,000 + $80/kW*(capacity-250 kW)
$30,000 maximum​​
rooftop only

Solar Thermal (Water Heating)

10-2,000.0 sq. ft.

$20/sq. ft.,

$12,000 maximum

Geothermal

1-10 tons

10-50.0 tons

$3,000,

$3,000+$400*(capacity – 10 tons),

$12,000 maximum

 

How to Apply

 

Purchased Systems (Solar PV, Solar Thermal, and Geothermal)

If a Rebate Commitment Letter is being sought prior to starting a project, for a purchased system,​ download, complete and submit the FY21 C-CERP Application – Purchased Systems form (below).

Commercial CERP Application Final 8.10.2020.xlsxCommercial CERP Application Final 8.10.2020

If a Rebate Commitment Letter is not being sought prior to the start of a project involving a purchased system, do not submit the application form. Instead, download, complete and submit the FY21 CERP Completion Certificate form (below): 

Commercial CERP Completion Certificate Final 8.10 830P.xlsxCommercial CERP Completion Certificate 8.10 830P


Third-Party Owned Systems (Solar PV and Solar Thermal)

If a Rebate Commitment Letter is being sought prior to starting a project that will have third-party ownership, download, complete and submit the FY21 C-CERP Application – TPO Systems form (below).

Commercial CERP Application - TPOs 8.10.2020 final.xlsxCommercial CERP Application - TPOs 8.10.2020

If a Rebate Commitment Letter is not being sought, do not submit the Application form.  Instead, download, complete and submit the FY21 CERP Completion Certificate – TPO Systems form (below):

Commercial CERP Completion Cert - TPO with Cover Page 8.11.2020 Final.xlsxCommercial CERP Completion Cert - TPO with Cover Page 8.11.2020

Once complete, please mail the application packet for both purchased and third-party systems, with all specified required attachments, to MEA at the following address:

Maryland Energy Administration

Attn: C-CERP – New Application

1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 755

Baltimore, MD 21230

Check the Status of Your Application

 

Status of Submitted Applications

If you have submitted an application for a Clean Energy Rebate to MEA and would like to check the status of your application, please download and view the Open Award Status Report below. To locate your application, use the find feature in your spreadsheet viewer (usually “Ctrl+F” on Windows devices and “Command+F” on Apple devices) and search the name of the application. 

Open Award Status Report (Generally updated by the end of the day on Wednesday each week):

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Additional Information

 


NABCEP (PV Projects only)  

Projects must be completed by installation contractors who maintain at least one staff member with a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners ('NABCEP') Installation Certification; or, for companies with at least 50 employees, at least one staff member with a NABCEP Installation Certification for every 25 non-administrative employees, except if an installation contractor has been registered to do business in Maryland for less than twelve (12) months prior to the submission of an application for a Rebate.

New requirements pursuant to the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019:

·        American Manufactured GoodsChapter 757 of the 2019 Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland includes a provision referencing the American Manufactured Goods provisions in §§ 14-416 and 17-303 of the State Finance and Procurement Article. Applicants affected by those provisions that receive a Commercial Clean Energy Program Commitment Letter prior to the project being constructed will be required to certify compliance with this requirement.  

 

·   Project Location - For projects receiving an MEA Clean Energy Rebate Program Commitment Letter), and for which the rebate recipient will directly hire workers to install the project: Chapter 757 of the 2019 Acts of the General Assembly of Maryland requires at least 80% of workers participating in a SEIF-funded project or program to reside within 50 miles of the project or program. As the SEIF funds a statewide program, MEA will determine compliance based on whether at least 80% of workers participating in a Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF) funded project reside in Maryland, or within 50 miles of Maryland's borders. The Commercial Clean Energy Rebate Program is SEIF-funded. Therefore, applicants who have received an MEA commitment letter and have directly hired workers that are installing the project will be required to retain records and certify compliance with this requirement before Rebate funds are disbursed.

Tax Status of Clean Energy Rebates

MEA does not provide tax information or tax advice. Questions should be directed to a qualified tax professional.

Other Resources

 
​Contact Information

If you have additional questions please contact the program manager,  David Comis, at david.comis@maryland.gov or via phone at (410)- 537-4064.

Questions

If you have additional questions, contact program manager, David Comis david.comis@maryland.gov or via phone at (410) 537-4064.​

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