Q: What are the steps to applying for a grant in the Clean Energy Program?

A: The first step is selecting your contractor to schedule to perform the energy audit (and potentially the actual work) on your home as part of the EmPOWER Maryland participation requirement.

Pepco customers: refer to a list of 30+ pre-approved contractors. The list can be viewed here: https://homeenergysavings.pepco.com/home-performance-with-energy-star-program/overview/participating-contractors

Low-income residents: visit the Maryland DHCD website to pre-apply to schedule your energy audit to be performed.

2. Perform energy audit & receive audit report with prioritized list of measures (PLOM) for improvement recommendations from your selected contractor. This breaks down the recommended improvements and available rebates/discounts to make your home more energy-efficient, comfortable, healthy and safe. This will also provide you with a detailed report on the potential energy savings (kWh and $) you can enjoy by making the recommended improvements.

Homeowners elect the measures they want installed/upgraded to receive funding for and sign a proposal for the contractor to begin work.

3. Selected contractor completes proposed work on your home, install/implement recommended changes and should begin your application for a grant in the Clean Energy Program for you to sign, date and possibly request supporting documents. View our application to view all required documents.

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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?