Solar Easements & Rights Laws

The Maryland Real Property Code was amended in April 2008 by H.B. 117 to provide much more detailed protections for solar energy systems and to expand upon the required content of solar easement…

Eligibility: Commercial, Construction, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit… More

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating

 

Local Option- Property Tax Credit for Renewables and Energy Conservation Devices

Title 9 of Maryland’s property tax code provides local governments the option to allow a property tax credit for buildings equipped with a solar, geothermal or qualifying energy conservation device…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Agricultural, Multifamily Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Photovoltaics… More

 

Net Metering

NOTE: The program website listed above links to the Maryland Public Service Commission’s Net Metering Working Group page, which contains a variety of information resources related to the ongoing…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Combined Heat & Power, Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels… More

 

Interconnection Standards

The new rules apply to interconnections of all types of distributed generation systems of less than 10 MW to the electric distribution system for all types of utilities — investor-owned utilities…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

Clean Energy Production Tax Credit (Corporate)

NOTE: The tax credit expired at the end of 2015. This summary here is for informational purposes only.

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Investor-Owned Utility, Municipal Utilities, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Hydroelectric… More

 

Clean Energy Production Tax Credit (Personal)

NOTE: The tax credit expired at the end of 2015. This summary here is for informational purposes only.

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential, Agricultural, Multifamily Residential

Savings Category: Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass… More

 

Local Option- Property Tax Credit for High Performance Buildings

Similar to Maryland’s Local Option Property Tax Credit for Renewable Energy, Title 9 of Maryland’s property tax code creates an optional property tax credit for high performance buildings. This…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Multifamily Residential

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All)… More

 

Property Tax Exemption for Solar and Wind Energy Systems

In May 2009 the exemption was amended yet again by H.B. 1171 to add “residential wind energy equipment” as an eligible technology. In order to qualify, equipment must be sited on residential…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Wind (Small)

 

Harford County- Property Tax Credit for Solar and Geothermal Devices

Harford County offers a tax credit from real property taxes imposed on residential buildings, nonresidential buildings, or other structures that use solar or geothermal devices for heating, cooling…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps… More

 

Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Equipment

Two pieces of legislation expanding the sales tax exemption were enacted in May 2009. H.B. 1171 added residential wind energy equipment as eligible for this incentive. Residential wind energy…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Agricultural

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps… More

 

Montgomery County- High Performance Building Property Tax Credit

The state of Maryland permits local governments (Md Code: Property Tax § 9-242) to offer property tax credits for high performance buildings if they choose to do so. Montgomery County has…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Multifamily Residential

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All)… More

 

Howard County- High Performance and Green Building Property Tax Credit

The state of Maryland permits local governments (Md Code: Property Tax § 9-242) to offer property tax credits for high performance buildings and energy conservation devices (Md Code: Property Tax §…

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential, Multifamily Residential

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All)… More

 

Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program

Program Description

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Federal Government

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps

 

Baltimore County- Property Tax Credit for High Performance Buildings and Homes

The state of Maryland permits local governments (Md Code: Property Tax § 9-242) to offer property tax credits for high performance buildings if they choose to do so. Baltimore County exercised this…

Eligibility: Commercial, Residential, Multifamily Residential

Savings Category: Solar – Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All)… More

 

Permits and Variances for Solar Panels, Calculation of Impervious Cover

In May 2012, Maryland enacted legislation stating that any calculation of “impervious surface” required by state or local authorities as part of a permit or variance relating to zoning, construction, or stormwater may only include the foundation or base supporting the solar panel. The law generally applies statewide, including charter counties and Baltimore City. It does not however apply in a defined “critical area”, including the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area and the Coastal Bays Critical Area. The term “solar panel” is not specifically defined, but presumably would include both solar…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Game Changer Competitive Grant Program

NOTE: Applications for the program for FY2016 ended on October 30, 2015.

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, State Government… More

Savings Category: Solar Space Heat, Geothermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Biomass… More

 

Parking Lot Solar PV with EV Charger Grant Program

NOTE: The program has been renewed for FY2016. Applications for funding are due by January 12, 2016.

Eligibility: Commercial, Local Government, Nonprofit, State Government

Savings Category: Solar Photovoltaics

 

Mathias Agricultural Energy Efficiency Grant program

Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency program offered by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) provides grants to farms and businesses in agricultural sector to offset 50% of the cost of energ…

Eligibility: Commercial, Retail Supplier, Agricultural

Savings Category: Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind (All), Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps… More

 

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs)

All net-metered customers and renewable on-site generators in Maryland own all RECs or SRECs produced by their systems unless or until a customer or generator chooses to sell or otherwise transfer…

Eligibility: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential… More

Savings Category: Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

 

Source: U.S. Department of Energy