Maryland Smart Energy Communities Grant

October 29, 2020


The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) offers financial incentives for local governments to join its Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) initiative. The goal of the MSCE program is to have local governments adopt and implement policies that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in their jurisdictions. 


Any incorporated towns, cities, and counties in Maryland can apply to join the MSEC program. Communities that apply for the program and meet the requirements receive funding based on population size and funding availability. 

Program Description

The funding for the program will be divided between new and existing participants to the MSEC program. New participants will receive initial funding to help establish energy goals in the local community. 

To participate in the program the local government must adopt two of the three policies provided below:

  1.  Energy Efficiency Policy: Establish an energy consumption baseline and develop a plan with the goal of reducing energy consumption of the city/town or county owned buildings by 15% by 5 years of the baseline year. 
  2.  Renewable Energy Policy: Reduce conventional centralized energy generation serving a local government buildings by meeting 20% of the buildings electricity demand with distributed, renewable energy generation by 2022. 
  3.  Transportation Petroleum Reduction Policy: Establish a baseline petroleum consumption for all local government vehicles and put in place a comprehensive program designed to reduce the baseline by 20% within 5 years. 

The program website contains guidance documents and model policies for establishing such policies which can be supplemented according to local needs. 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Biomass
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Boilers
  • Air conditioners
  • Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
  • Duct/Air sealing
  • Building Insulation
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Wind (Small)
  • Hydroelectric (Small)
  • Other Distributed Generation Technologies
  • Pool Pumps
Incentive Amount: Funding based on population size and funding availabilily


Name: Public Information
Phone: (410) 537-4000

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.