Maryland is a small, mid-Atlantic state that gets an average of about 5 kilowatt hours per square meter of sunlight per day, which is plenty for installing a photovoltaic (PV) or other solar system. To help more homes and businesses adopt solar power, the state offers homeowners numerous incentives, including rebates, low- or no-interest rate loans, oodles of tax breaks, net-metering and performance-based incentives. Counties, municipalities and utilities in the state also offer incentives for switching to renewable energy.
The state has developed its EmPOWERing Maryland Clean Energy Programs through the Maryland Energy Administration and through law, like the EmPOWERing Maryland Act, which Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law in 2008. Under that law, the state must reduce its overall energy use by 15 percent by the year 2015. The program is funded partly through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the state Strategic Energy Investment Fund as of 2010. Through the programs, the state is offering incentives to Maryland residents and companies to promote energy efficiency, renewable power—like solar, wind and hydro—finance clean energy development, and inform consumers about their renewable options.
The O’Malley administration also developed its “Smart, Green and Growing” initiative to help reduce energy bills at home, create green collar jobs, and promote energy independence.
Under these programs, the energy administration will offer renewable energy grants to roughly 1,700 homeowners in 2010 to install solar or other renewable energy generating sources at their homes. And the state is making millions available to counties and municipalities for renewable projects and more localized incentive programs.
By combining applicable incentives, you can drastically reduce the amount you would pay for a solar system on your home in Maryland.