Q: Is this program income dependent?

A: No, virtually every homeowner in the state of Maryland can participate in EmPOWER Maryland and we encourage them to do so! Only members within an ERC community and that have Pepco or Washington Gas as their utility provider (described in Q#1) can receive the additional $5,000 and solar incentive up to $10,000. To participate in Empower Maryland, there are two routes residents can take:

1. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program (HPwES)

Receive up to $7,500 in rebates/discounts: https://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/home-performance-with-energy-star-program

2. *Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD): Receive up to $11,000 in rebates/discounts: https://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/income-eligible-energy-efficiency-program; https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Residents/Pages/lieep/default.aspx

*must meet low-income qualification in chart below to be considered for LIEEP; if not, then you are considered a market-rated resident and would participate in HPwES.

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1. Q: What are the requirements to receive a grant from the Clean Energy Program?
2. Q: I need assistance with my utilities
3. Q: How do I know if I live within an ERC area?
4. Q: Is this program income dependent?
5. Q: What are the steps to applying for a grant in the Clean Energy Program?
6. Q: What grants are available?
7. Q: Can I work with any contractor? Where do I select a contractor from?
8. Q: What are some typical [energy] improvements can the selected contractor perform as a part of the energy efficiency grant?
9. Q: Can a grant cover the cost of health and safety measures that are caught in the energy audit?
10. Q: What’s the difference between a Quick Home Energy Check-Up (QHEC) and the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) Program?
11. Q: Does it cost to be a recipient of the grant? Do I ever have to pay it back?
12. Q: What if I don’t live within an ERC community? What if I don’t have Pepco or Washington Gas, can I still take advantage of energy incentives?
13. Q: Who can receive the maximum amount of $10,000 for the rooftop solar system?
14. Q: Does the solar system have to go specifically on top of the roof?
15. Q: Can I select any contractor to install my rooftop solar system?
16. Q: Is there a solar system size minimum or maximum to be considered to receive solar grant funds?
17. Q: What other incentives are available for installing solar systems in Prince George’s County?
18. Q: Is the solar grant reimbursement of upfront cost(s) or is the grant paid before the panels are installed?
19. Q: Is a condominium eligible to participate in EmPOWER Maryland Programs? What about a grant in the Clean Energy Program?