State to open $400k in solar tech support grants for counties – Conduit Street

The Maryland Energy Administration and the Maryland Environmental Service have opened applications for solar technical assistance grants.

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) recently announced the opening of the Solar Technical Assistance Program. This program provides technical assistance to state and local government agencies to evaluate the potential for and placement of solar panels on or around government buildings. Funded through the Strategic Energy Investment Fund, the program also provides access to engineering resources and vetted contractors.

According to the press release:

“MEA is pleased to offer this program to help identify solar sites utilizing already developed spaces such as rooftops and parking lots,” said Dr. Mary Beth Tung, director of the Maryland Energy Administration. “Adding solar power to these sites will help the state and local government achieve clean energy and greenhouse gas goals while increasing energy independence and resilience.”

The program provides technical assistance to entities that are interested in incorporating solar on site, but lack the expertise to evaluate potential issues for its site. This information is needed to enable government agencies to make decisions about the location, use (including resiliency options), and budgeting of solar projects. MEA offers $400,000 in technical assistance in partnership with the Maryland Environmental Service.

Read more about the Solar Technical Assistance Program.

Read the full press release.

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