Q: Can the grant cover the cost of health and safety measures that are caught in the energy audit?

A: During your initial energy audit, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified building professional performs many tests using diagnostic equipment to perform a whole-house energy assessment (or “audit”). This includes a complete inspection and diagnostic tests of your home such as the blower door test to depressurize your home and also to identify current potential health and safety measures. These issues must be remedied before any work can be done. The Clean Energy Grant can cover up to 15% of the energy improvements cost for applicable health and safety measures.

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