MEA to expand wind grants to community partners

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Maryland Energy Administration  plans to expand its Windswept Grant Program to include community-scale projects.

MEA's new community focused initiative will support community developments by raising the spending
cap to $1,100,000.

The current programs offers Maryland residents, businesses and non-profits a $3000 per kilowatt incentive with a $100,000 grant cap.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate that their project has a community benefit, which can be achieved by siting the project at a community owned facility.

Applications will be considered on a competitive basis.

MEA will retain the original program's requirement of 50 percent maximum cost-sharing, which restricts grant support to half of the project's net costs.

Grant applications must be submitted by May 15, 2014. Grant funding is only available for new
community-scale wind installations. All projects must complete construction prior to June 15, 2015.

For more information about this initiative, please visit: http://energy.maryland.gov/windswept/

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