$1 MILLION AVAILABLE IN COMPETITIVE GRANTS FOR MARYLAND’S CLEAN ENERGY INNOVATORS

 

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:

  • Hybrid solar photovoltaics (PV)/thermal energy systems that efficiently cool the PV systems while generating usable hot water.
  • Solar thermal heating and absorption cooling systems that can efficiently use solar BTU’s across all four seasons in Maryland.
  • Low-maintenance solar PV array tracking systems that can increase the capture of solar energy year-round.
  • Community energy projects, using renewable energy, which are wholly or partially owned or operated by investor owned electric companies as allowed by State statute.
  • Hybrid renewable energy systems that utilize intermittent renewable resources and that can be made firmer by energy storage and clean natural gas or biodiesel-fueled generation technologies. The system could be connected to grid in a manner to allow it to become islanded from the conventional grid.
  • District energy geothermal heating & cooling systems.
  • Renewable energy generation and storage systems that could be aggregated for efficient transactions with independent operating systems for ancillary services.
  • Biogas-fueled distributed generation and/or combined heat & power systems.
  • Biomass gasification or pyrolysis systems that can compete with more traditional biomass conversion technologies in terms of cost, efficiency, and reduction of emissions.
  • Cost-competitive fuel cells that can add backup, peak-shaving and/or baseload energy generation capabilities to a variety of stationary or transportation sector end-uses.

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.gov/Business/gamechanger/index.html.

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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.