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Electrification and Energy Efficiency Grants

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Purpose

Takoma Park Electrification and Energy Efficiency Grants (EEE Grants) assist you in making improvements to the environmental sustainability and energy efficiency of your space. Such projects help you manage utility usage and reduce costs, improve efficiency, improve indoor air quality, reduce waste, improve the comfort and function of your space, and help the city reach its climate andn sustainability goals. This is a grant, not a loan that you will need to pay back.

Who Can Apply

  1. Multifamily building owners and property managers, with buildings of 4 or more units.
    •  Buildings with fewer than 2-3 units should apply as a single-family home unless there are special circumstances you can describe in your application.
  2.  Small businesses with a storefront or office space in the city (such as restaurants, retail, professional services, offices, and daycare centers) and commercial property owners are eligible to apply.
    • Work-from-home offices and home-based businesses are eligible to apply for a homeowner grant only.
  3.  Homeowners, including condo owners and renters with landlord permission.

Grant Awards

1. Multifamily buildings – up to $30,000 per project.
2. Small businesses – up to $30,000 per project.
3. Homeowners – $5,000 - $15,000 per home, depending on household income:

a. Tier 1 income homeowners may apply for up to $15,000 grant. The grant may cover up to 100% of total project cost.

b. Tier 2 income homeowners may apply for up to $10,000 grant. The grant cannot exceed more than 50% of total project cost.

c. Anyone earning more than the area median income, or wish not to verify income, may apply for up to $5,000 grant. The grant may not exceed more than 25% of total project cost.

Household

Size

Tier 1 income limits

(up to 85% area median)

Tier 2 income limits

(up to 100% area median)

1$59,234$69,688
2$67,681$79,625
3$76,128$89,563
4$84,575$99,500
5$91,375$107,500
6$98,122$115,438
7$104,922$123,438
8$111,669$131,375

Timeline

The first review of applications will take place December 8, 2021. Any application received after this date will be considered as funding allows.

All funded projects must be completed by June 1, 2022.

Green Power

Grantees must buy 100% green electricity for a minimum of 24 months after grant award. If a rate comparable to Pepco’s standard offer is not available, additional funding to offset the difference may be added to the grant award. Grantees must provide proof of green power before grant payments will be issued. If you have solar panels, and you sell your SRECs or are on a PPA, you will be required to purchase enough renewable electricity credits (RECS) to cover all of your electricity usage.  https://www.mdelectricchoice.com/

Payment and Reporting

Selected grantees may choose to be reimbursed directly after submitting receipts and proof of project completion, or grantees may choose for the City to pay their chosen contractor. The grant may not be applied to recently completed projects, it is for new projects only. Projects cannot be started or paid for until a grant decision has been made. Projects that have already been paid for, constructed, or installed in part or in full before a grant decision has been made will not be eligible. All grantees will be required to benchmark using EnergyStar Portfolio Manager and report energy usage or other metric to measure the impact of the grant.

Contact:
Questions or assistance with the application, please contact:

Gina Mathias, Sustainability Manager
email: GinaM@takomaparkmd.gov

 

 

Eligible Projects for Everyone

The grant can be used for projects that improve energy efficiency and support the transition away from fossil fuels. Preferred projects include but are not limited to:

  • Electrification Projects
    • Replacing natural gas, propane, or heating oil equipment and appliances with electric or non-fossil- fuel based alternatives. This includes EnergyStar Certified high efficiency heating and cooling (HVAC), heat pump water heaters, electric dryers, induction and electric cooktops, electric convection ovens. EnergyStar certified options are required unless there is a financial or availability hardship to Include any reason in your application.
    • Electrification project costs may include panel and wiring work if they are required. Stand-alone electrical upgrades or rewiring not part of an electrification project are not
  • Improvements to the building envelope that increases energy efficiency such as insulation, air sealing, and replacement of inefficient windows.

Multifamily and Business Additional Eligible Projects

  • Covered, secure bicycle parking and storage for multifamily buildings and
  • Replacement equipment with high efficiency EnergyStar certified options including air conditioning, heat pumps, water heaters, refrigerators, washing machines, LED lighting
  • Solar panels
  • Electric vehicle charging equipment

Low to Moderate Income Homeowners Additional Eligible Projects*

  • Replacement equipment with high efficiency EnergyStar certified options including air conditioning, heat pumps, water heaters, refrigerators, washing machines, LED lighting
  • Solar panels
  • Electric vehicle charging equipment
  • *To qualify the owner must be a past or current participant in the LMI weatherization grant (see https://www.edge-gogreen.com/grants/)

Ineligible projects and expenses

• Any equipment or appliance that uses fossil fuels.
• Electric vehicles (See existing incentives for EVs here: https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/air/mobilesources/pages/zev.aspx)
• Rain gardens, pollinator gardens, rain barrels, landscaping, compost bins, permeable paving projects, and tree planting.
• Small appliances such as microwaves, vacuums, printers, power tools, lawn care equipment, and coffee makers.
• Home maintenance and repairs such as painting; radon, lead, mold, and asbestos remediation; roofing; siding; etc.
• Payroll and operating expenses.

Required – Stacking incentives

All awardees are required to apply for all applicable grants and rebates before receiving their grant award payment from Takoma Park. Takoma Park will not make awards that result in a negative project cost. For example, an LED parking lot lighting project must apply for Pepco’s Retrofit Lighting Incentives. Please see below for a list of resources:

Resources for Small Businesses, Commercial, and Multifamily Properties

The Montgomery County Green Bank’s CLEER Program helps commercial and multifamily properties pay for energy savings
improvements, solar installations, or combined heat and
power projects with no cash out and no cash flow impact.

Montgomery County’s C-PACE program is an innovating financing program that allows commercial building owners to make energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to their buildings and pay for those upgrades over time via their property tax bill.

Pepco offers rebates, incentives, and assistance for all businesses, from mom and pop shops to large commercial real estate portfolios. If you are considering any type of capital improvement project that involves energy, check with Pepco to find out what programs are available.

  1. https://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/business/overview
  2. https://energy.maryland.gov/business/Pages/incentives.aspx

Homeowners:

  1. https://montgomeryenergyconnection.org/lower-my-bill/
  2. https://www.pepco.com/WaysToSave/ForYourHome/Pages/Maspx
  3. https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Residents/Pages/lieep/default.aspx

For help finding a contractor, please see the Montgomery County Green Bank’s list of commercial and residential contractors: https://mcgreenbank.org/partners/contractor-partners/

Other Energy Efficiency Rebates & Incentives

Pepco

Montgomery County

  • $250 tax credit for Montgomery County homeowners. Eligible improvements include air sealing, insulation, windows, doors, heating and cooling equipment, and more. The credit can be taken once PER YEAR for purchases made during that year. Requires a Renewable Energy Tax Credit Application.

Maryland Energy Administration Grants

Clean Burning Wood Stove & Pellet Stove Rebates

  • Up to $500 for a few EPA certified log wood burning stove. Wood stoves must emit no more than 3 grams of particulate matter per hour and be EPA certified.
  • Up to $700 for new EPA certified pellet burning stove.  Pellet stoves must emit no more than 2 grams an hour. A few pellet stoves may be able to also burn corn, which is available through the Takoma Park Corn Co-op.

More information on Maryland Energy Administration stove grants visit can be found on the Clean Burning Wood Stove Grant Program page on the Maryland Energy Administration’s website.

Clean Energy Grant Program

  • $1,000 for new solar photovoltaic systems sized 1 – 20 kW
  • $3,000 for new Geothermal systems sized 1 – 10 tons
  • $500 for new Solar Water Heating systems sized 1 – 100 sq. ft.

For more information on Maryland Energy Administration Clean Energy Grants visit the Residential Clean Energy Grant Program page on the Maryland Energy Administration’s website.

 

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