Game Changer Competitive Grant Program

December 17, 2020


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

Game Changer Competitive Grant Program is designed to support innovative renewable energy systems and strategies that advance the renewable energy market in the state. The program aims to mitigate costs and risks of developing new technologies and systems. MEA is interested in funding initiatives in its two Areas of Interest (AOI): i) technologies that reduce the cost or increase efficiency of Tier I renewable energy systems,  and ii) commercial, customer sited electric storage systems that are integrated with renewable energy resources.  


The program is open to any businesses in Maryland, including for-profit businesses, non-profits, and governmental entities. Projects must use commercially available technology and must be physically located in Maryland. 

Program Description

A total of $1 million is available for the program, with typical awards ranging from $50,000 to $250,000. The grant is limited to 30% of the project costs. Awards are intended to support cutting edge renewable technology projects that are “game changing” and are in their early stages of commercialization. Funding is not limited to renewable energy systems but also towards innovative project design ideas targeted towards increasing renewable energy systems, financing ideas, and overcoming barriers for renewable energy deployment.  Potential projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Hybrid solar photovoltaic/ thermal energy systems that cool the PV system while generating hot water
  • Solar thermal heating and absorption cooling systems
  • Low-maintenance solar photovoltaic array tracking systems
  • Renewable energy generation and storage systems that could be aggregated for efficient transactions with independent operating systems for ancillary services
  • Renewable energy generation and storage systems that could be aggregated for efficient transactions with independent operating systems for ancillary services
  • District energy geothermal heating and cooling systems
  • Biofueled distributed generation and/or combined heat and power systems
  • Cost-competitive fuel cells that can add backup, peak-shaving and/or baseload
  • Crowd funding platforms for renewable projects
  • Innovative employer electric vehicle programs
  • project to expand access to financing for renewable energy systems to underserved populations
  • Projects that lower barriers to entry to new renewable energy financing partners in Maryland

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Maryland Energy Administration
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Process Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Combined Heat & Power
Incentive Amount: Varies from $50,000 to $250,000 covering up to 30% of the project cost
Installation Requirements: Must result in additional renewable energy capacity in the State of Maryland


Name: Rory Spangler
Organization: Maryland Energy Administration
Address: 1800 Washington Blvd, Suite 755
Baltimore MD 21230
Phone: (410) 537-4086

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.