Residential Clean Energy Rebate Program

December 13, 2023


Maryland's Residential Clean Energy Grant Program, administered by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), provides financial incentives to homeowners that install solar water-heating, solar-electric (PV), geothermal heating and cooling systems, and burning stoves. In order to be eligible, the property must be the applicant's primary residence.

The current Clean Energy Grant Program provides incentives as follows:

Resource Conversion Technology

Installed Capacity Range

Flat Award

Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

Minimum 1 kW-DC


Solar Shingles

Minimum 1 kW-DC


Solar Water Heating

10+ sq. ft.


New Geothermal Heating & Cooling (GHC)

1+ tons


Note: As of October 14, 2014, geothermal installations that are replacing an existing geothermal unit will no longer be eligible for the $3,000 grant. In order to receive this grant, homeowners must install an entirely new geothermal system with the accompanying loops or wells. Starting on this date, geothermal heat pump replacements will be eligible for a $500 grant.

Various amount of grant is also available to stick/pellet burning stoves satisfying certain emission requirements. Starting from November 14, 2013, only purchased solar photovoltaic systems are eligible to apply for the Residential CEGP Program. MEA no longer awards grants to third-party owned solar PV systems. 

Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis across technologies and are subject to change in amount based on funding. Grants are awarded after the completion of the project, and applications must be submitted to MEA within 12 months of completed installation​. Multiple projects on contiguous parcels of property will be considered one project. An eligible property may receive one grant per technology. MEA cannot offer grants to a property held in an irrevocable trust. Program's one-step application process requires participants to submit application form, final invoice, copies of inspection documents, photograph of installed system, and historical screening document. 

Participants must apply for certification as a qualifying solar facility from Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to obtain Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) produced by the system. SREC represent environmental attribute per 1 MWh of generated solar power. These SRECs can be traded as financial instruments to meet the RPS goals of the State. These SRECs can be sold in the market, which could help generate additional revenue to fund the solar PV system. 

Note that these grants may be subtracted from adjusted gross income for state income tax purposes. In other words, program recipients do not have to pay state taxes on the amount of the grant received. See H.B. 590, enacted in May 2007. For applications and more information on the program, including a Q&A section, please see the program web site.


Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Maryland Energy Administration
Start Date: 01/01/2005
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
Incentive Amount: PV or Solar Shingles: $1,000/project (flat per installation/household incentive)
SWH: $500/project (flat per installation/household incentive)
New GHC: $3,000/project
Maximum Incentive: PV: $1,000 (flat per installation/household incentive)
SWH: $500 (flat per installation/household incentive)
GHC: $3,000
Eligible System Size: PV: 1 kW minimum
SWH: 10 square feet minimum
GHC: 1 ton minimum
Equipment Requirements: All equipments must be new; PV: Systems must meet applicable UL, IEEE, and NEC standards;
SWH: Must be SRCC OG-100 certified;
GHC: Must be new and meet ENERGY STAR standard
Installation Requirements: Installer NABCEP certification will be required for PV projects
Property must be primary Maryland residence
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Remains with project owner
Must apply for certification as a qualifying generation from Maryland PSC to produce Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC)


This program has 3 incentives
Technologies: Solar Water Heat
Sectors: Residential, Multifamily Residential, Low Income Residential
Parameters: The incentive is 500.00 $, The system has a maximum of 10.00 Square Feet
Technologies: Solar Photovoltaics
Sectors: Residential, Multifamily Residential, Low Income Residential
Parameters: The incentive is 1000.00 $, The system has a minimum of 20.00 kW, The system has a maximum of 1.00 kW
Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Sectors: Residential, Multifamily Residential, Low Income Residential
Parameters: The incentive is 3000.00 $, The system has a maximum of 1.00 Tons


Name: MD STATE-GOVT §9 20B-01 et seq.
Name: COMAR 14.26.04


Name: David St. Jean
Organization: Energy and Sustainability
Address: 301 West Preston Street
Baltimore MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-4472

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.