The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced awards for the 2018 Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) grant program. Using the Strategic Energy Investment Fund, this program provides grants to non-profits and local government agencies that serve low and moderate income Marylanders. “This program improves the health and quality of living for Maryland citizens by providing energy efficiency upgrades to those most in need,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Our administration is proud to support this innovative program and the positive impact it will have on Maryland’s families and communities.”
MEA 2018 LMI grant improves the health and comfort of approximately 6,600 Marylanders. This $5 million dollar grant enables local government and non-profits to contract with local businesses that complete approved energy efficiency upgrades for homes of low-to-moderate income families. The energy saved from this program is enough to power nearly 300 homes for a full year, and will save residents nearly $550,000 dollars annually in energy costs.
“Reducing utility bills for low income Maryland residents, while simultaneously supporting local businesses, and nonprofits is a perfect collaboration for the state,” said Mary Beth Tung, Director of the Maryland Energy Administration. “The long-term energy efficiency measures will improve the quality of life for our citizens,” said Director Tung.
Established in 2014, the LMI Program Statewide Competitive platform enables larger projects than would typically be possible using the County allocations. This platform encourages innovative ideas directed at helping communities, neighborhoods, or entire buildings take advantage of economies of scale. Recommended grants range in size from $50,000 to $350,000, and projects are geographically located in all regions of the state. Projects for these energy efficiency upgrades are submitted by nonprofit organizations that work directly with residents in need.
More than half of the 2018 grants address whole building upgrades that will see a payoff via energy savings in 10 years or less for homes and 15 years or less for commercial buildings.
This grant will enable more than 40 projects to be funded in 21 Maryland counties and Baltimore City. Grantees will use the funds to install energy efficiency measures for senior housing, homeless shelters and residential homes. Each Maryland county and Baltimore City was initially provided an allocation based on the number of low-to-moderate income households residing in the respective area. The official list of grants awarded can be found here . 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. For more information on the program please click here.