MEA Designates Maryland Smart Energy Communities, Awards Funds

Through the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) Smart Energy Communities program, the Prince George’s County Department of the Environment and the Offices of Central Services received over $1 million in grant awards. As reported in The Gazette:

The grants include $400,000 to support the installation of energy efficiency upgrades within offices and facilities in the county and a $643,000 grant for development of energy projects.

This second grant will be used to expand the development of policies and projects that contribute to reducing fossil fuel usage, and to increase the use of renewable energy resources and energy efficiency, said DoE director Adam Ortiz.

As noted on the MEA website, $4 million in funding was available to new and existing Smart Energy Communities. Of those funds, $3 million will go to energy efficiency projects and $1 million will go to renewable energy/transportation projects. In total 34 communities (27 municipalities, 7 counties and Baltimore City) are Maryland Smart Energy Communities. The goal of the program is “to have local governments adopt policies and commit to them for the long term, leading to sustained energy savings and additional opportunities for renewable energy development.”

For more information on participating communities, program requirements and benefits of participating visit Maryland Smart Energy Communities.