Q: Does it cost to be a recipient of the grant? Do I ever have to pay it back?

A: Let’s break this down by stages in the application process. For energy-efficiency projects, low-income homeowners receive their energy audits at a discounted rate. Depending on the selected contractor, Market rate residents may have to pay $100 upfront for audits and reports (discounted from $400). Either way, this audit cost to homeowners will be reimbursed as a part of the grant. The Clean Energy Program, Energy Efficiency grant award provides up to $7,500 in funds for residential energy efficiency measures, in addition to Pepco and Washington Gas incentives. The maximum grant award amount is $7,500 (for gas and electric incentives), of which $5,000 can be allocated towards electric incentives and $2,500 toward natural gas incentives, and up to 50% of total grant award amount ($3,750) can be allocated towards air sealing and insulation (does not include ancillary equipment like baffles/ventilation).

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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?