Second round of competitive clean energy grant funding invites applications from energy innovators.
|Annapolis, MD (November 26, 2013) — Today, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) released $1 million in second round funding for its Game Changer Energy Innovation Competitive Grant Program (Game Changer 2.0). MEA anticipates awards to be in the range of $50,000-$250,000 per project with applicant cost shares of at least 70%. The competitive grant program invites applications to develop innovative Maryland-based projects that support the deployment of “game changing” renewable and clean energy generation and storage technologies. Ultimately, the enhanced deployment of clean renewable energy generation will assist the State to meet its aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standard and Greenhouse Gas Reduction goals while also spurring local economic development.”Our previous rounds of Game Changer Energy Innovation Competitive Grant Program funding proved to be extremely successful and MEA is pleased to offer another round of funding,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, Director of the Maryland Energy Administration. “The program not only brings Maryland closer to reaching our renewable energy generation goal of 20% by 2022 but also spurs clean energy generation technology innovation and creates economic development opportunities for Maryland’s future.”Game Changer 2.0 technologies, systems, or applications must have the potential of significantly advancing the State’s clean energy generation market. Potential projects could include, but are not limited to:
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. MEA anticipates most grant awards to range in size from $25,000 to $250,000, depending on the quantity and quality of grant applications received. Applications must be received or postmarked on or before 12:00 noon, January 13, 2014.
For more information on the Game Changer Competitive Grant Program, visit http://energy.maryland.
The mission of the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is to promote affordable, reliable, clean energy. MEA’s programs and policies help lower energy bills, fuel the creation of green collar jobs, address environmental and climate impacts, and promote energy independence.