On July 6, the Maryland Energy Administration awarded more than $700,000 in Stimulate Energy Efficiency Awards to seven school districts throughout Maryland.
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) granted awards to seven Maryland public school districts through its Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Decarbonizing Public Schools program, totaling more than $700,000.
The grants will help finance projects “reducing greenhouse gas emissions and overall lifecycle costs while planning the development of high-performance schools.” Two categories of projects were awarded: energy data management and net zero energy school planning.
Grant awardees for energy data management include:
- Prince George’s County Public Schools: $140,000
- Baltimore County Public Schools: $135,000
- St. Mary’s County Public Schools: $75,000
- Cecil County Public Schools: $70,000
- Somerset County Public Schools: $60,000
Grant awardees for net zero energy school planning:
- Montgomery County Public Schools: $124,000
- Anne Arundel County Public Schools: $82,000
About the Decarbonizing Public Schools program:
DMEA developed the program in partnership with the Interagency Commission on School Construction (IAC) to help Maryland schools manage energy and plan for the construction of schools that employ cutting-edge net-zero-energy designs. In general, buildings built to be net-zero-energy are designed to generate more energy onsite than they use.
The school decarbonization program is a new initiative from MEA, launched in response to the growing need for high-performance schools and to help LEAs build the capacity to meet new energy requirements in concert with reduced environmental impacts. Expanding energy management and portfolio-planning capacities is challenging for many school districts, which often lack the experience or resources required to perform energy management.