EmPower Maryland CHP Grant Program

November 16, 2015


Maryland CHP grant program provides grants for construction of new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology in Healthcare and Wastewater Treatment facilities in Maryland. The program is targeted specific to these industries with a goal to increase energy resiliency of these facilities, as well as to increase energy efficiency- as specified in the EmPower Maryland Act . The program has total budget of $2.5 million for the fiscal year 2015, out of which $1 million is reserved for projects that use biomass or biogas as fuel source. The application deadline for current grant solicitation is February 1st, 2015. Funds are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program is oversubscribed.


The program is targeted towards Healthcare and Public Owned Wastewater Treatment facilities. Healthcare facilities may include hospitals, assisted living, nursing home, and surgical centers. To be eligible, the project must be located in Maryland, must meet system efficiency of at least 60%, and must meet all regulatory and environmental requirements.

The program allows third-party ownership, where an developer/ESCO can own the CHP system while providing services to the Healthcare or Wastewater treatment facility. Only new projects conceived after Nov 19, 2014 are eligible for the program. Facilities that are granted awards must be fully commissioned by January 1st, 2017.

Program Description

The incentives range from $425/kW to $575/kW per project, based on the size of the system and funding availability.

System Size

Capacity Payment per KW

Equal to or less than 75kW

Up to $575

76 kW – 150 kW

Up to $550

151 kW  – 300 kW

Up to $525

301kW – 500 kW

Up to $500

501 kW – 750 kW

Up to $475

751 kW – 1 MW

Up to $450

1MW and greater

Up to $425

Funds are distributed in two installments: 30% as a ground breaking incentive and 70% as a commissioning incentive.

Please visit the program website for more information about the program.



Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site: http://energy.maryland.gov/Business/EmPowerMdCHP.html
Administrator: Maryland Energy Administration
Start Date: 11/20/2014
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Biomass
  • Combined Heat & Power
Incentive Amount: Range from $425/kW up to $575/kW based on size of the system
Maximum Incentive: $500,000 per project
$1 million reserved for biomass or biogas CHP facilities
Equipment Requirements: Must meet 60% minimum efficiency
Installation Requirements: Must be fully commissioned by Jan 1, 2017


Name: Michael Leslie
Address: 60 West Street, Suite 300
Annapolis MD 21401
Phone: (410) 260-7655
Email: Michael.Leslie@Maryland.gov

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.