Energy Administration Accepting Applications for Local Resiliency Hubs

Tour of POWER House, the first solar powered, community-based resiliency hub in the nationThe Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is now accepting applications for the reopened Area of Interest (AOI) 3: Resiliency Hubs of its FY23 Resilient Maryland Program.

A resiliency hub is a nearby, easily-accessible neighborhood location that has sufficient space for the surrounding community to congregate when the power goes out. Here the community can receive power for cell phones, laptop computers, portable medical equipment, access to refrigeration for temperature-sensitive items such as medications, safe and conditioned space to keep them in healthy temperatures, and ample lighting. Resiliency hubs are powered by solar PV and battery storage systems that can operate when the grid is down. Buildings that can serve as resiliency hubs vary by community, but typical good candidates include community centers, schools, libraries, gymnasiums, faith-based institutions, among others.

As the impacts of climate change continue to worsen, communities will continue to feel the negative effects at an increasing pace. This is especially true for Maryland’s most vulnerable communities. Creating a truly resilient Maryland means ensuring that every Marylander has access to clean, sustainable, and reliable energy sources so that no Marylander is left behind. Resiliency hubs are great tools that help meet this goal.

The deadline to submit an application to AOI 3 of MEA’s FY23 Resilient Maryland Program has been extended to no later than 5:00 P.M. EDT, Friday, March 24, 2023. Information on AOI requirements and how to submit an eligible application package can be found on the Resilient Maryland webpage.

To get ideas for potential local projects, you can view the FY22 award list and the FY21 award list.