Residential/Community Wind Grant Program

June 01, 2023


This program has expired

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) provides rebates for the installation of residential and non-residential wind energy systems through the Residential Wind Grant Program and Community Wind Grant Program. The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) defines a community wind project as “a distributed wind energy project that benefits a local community.” Systems of up to 750 kilowatts (kW) are eligible for the program. The incentive level of Residential Wind Grant Program is set at $4,000 per kW of normalized generating capacity at a reference wind speed of 11 meters per second (m/s). For Community Wind Grant Program, grant awards range in size from $1000/kW to $4000/kW per project, based on system size, with smaller systems receiving a higher kW capacity incentive than larger systems. Incentives are allocated on a per property basis, meaning that incentives will not be awarded for multiple turbines on the same property.

The incentives are capped at less $100,000 for residential and up to $600,000 for community wind projects, or 50% of the net installed cost after other federal, state, and local incentives. In order to qualify, turbines must be listed on at least one of the following certified turbine lists: Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC) Unified List of Wind Turbines or Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) List of Certified Turbines. The program website contains sample grant calculations for common small wind turbines that have been installed in Maryland (note that this is not a complete list of eligible wind turbines).

Systems must also comply with all applicable performance and safety standards, including local codes, the National Electric Code, Maryland’s net metering rules and interconnection standards. Off-grid systems are not specifically addressed by the program rules, but might be permitted on a case-by-case basis. Project applications must contain a detailed site assessment, wind energy system specifications, signed cost estimates, a preliminary wind analysis, and pre-qualification forms detailing certain other aspects of the project. It is possible that some applications will be deemed ineligible based on site conditions (e.g., poor wind resource, obstructions, etc.).

Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Grant Applicant must submit an application within twelve months of the date the wind turbine is paid-in-full, passes all required inspections, and becomes operational. For further information and application forms, please consult the program web site listed at the top of this page.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Maryland Energy Administration
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Wind (All)
  • Wind (Small)
Incentive Amount: This program has expired

Residential: $4,000/kW of normalized capacity at 11 m/s
Community: $1000/kW - $4000/kW, depending on the system capacity
Maximum Incentive: $100,000 (residential), $600,000 (community), or 50% of net installation cost after other incentives
Eligible System Size: Residential-scale projects of size up to 25kW
Community-scale projects of size up to 750kW
Equipment Requirements: Systems must be listed by on the program web site or on the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC) Unified list of wind turbines or the Small Wind Certification Council list of certified turbines
Installation Requirements: Systems should generally be grid-connected and net metered;
Off-grid systems are potentially eligible on a case-by-case basis
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Not specified, but customers own RECs produced by net metered systems


This program has 2 incentives
Technologies: Wind (All), Wind (Small)
Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Local Government, Nonprofit, Schools, State Government, Federal Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Parameters: The incentive has a maximum of 1000.00 $/kW, The incentive has a minimum of 4000.00 $/kW, The incentive has a minimum of $600.00, The system has a minimum of 750.00 kW, The incentive has a minimum of 50.00 % of cost
Technologies: Wind (All), Wind (Small)
Sectors: Residential
Parameters: The system has a minimum of 25.00 kW, The incentive is 4000.00 $/kW


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