Windswept Grant Program - (Maryland)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Maryland

Name Windswept Grant Program
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools
Eligible Technologies Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount $3,000/kW of normalized capacity at 11 m/s

Eligible System Size Up to 750 kW
Equipment Requirements Systems must be listed by on the program web site or be listed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as eligible small wind systems.

Funding Source Strategic Energy Investment Fund (SEIF)
Installation Requirements Systems should generally be grid-connected and net metered; off-grid systems are potentially eligible on a case-by-case basis

Maximum Incentive Lesser of $100,000 or 50% of net installation cost after other incentives
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits Not specified, but customers own RECs produced by net metered systems

Program Administrator Maryland Energy Administration

References DSIRE[1]


The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) provides rebates for the installation of residential and non-residential wind energy systems through the Windswept program, which is part of the Clean Energy Grant Program. Systems of up to 750 kilowatts (kW) are eligible for the program. The incentive level is set at $3,000 per kW of normalized generating capacity at a reference wind speed of 11 meters per second (m/s). Incentives are allocated on a per property basis, meaning that incentives will not be awarded for multiple turbines on the same property.

Incentives are capped at the lesser of $100,000 or 50% of the net installed cost after other federal, state, and local incentives. In order to qualify, wind energy systems must be listed on the program web site or on the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) List of Qualified Wind Generators. The program website contains sample grant calculations for common small wind turbines that have been installed in Maryland (note that this is not a complete list of eligible wind turbines).

Systems must also comply with all applicable performance and safety standards, including local codes, the National Electric Code, Maryland’s net metering rules and interconnection standards. Off-grid systems are not specifically addressed by the program rules, but might be permitted on a case-by-case basis. Project applications must contain a detailed site assessment, wind energy system specifications, signed cost estimates, a preliminary wind analysis, and pre-qualification forms detailing certain other aspects of the project. It is possible that some applications will be deemed ineligible based on site conditions (e.g., poor wind resource, obstructions, etc.).

Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Systems installed prior to the submission of an application remain eligible for incentives provided the system was placed in service during the same fiscal year as the application was submitted. For further information and application forms, please consult the program web site listed at the top of this page.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information Officer - MEA
Department Maryland Energy Administration
Address 60 West Street, 3rd Floor
Place Annapolis, Maryland
Zip/Postal Code 21401
Phone (410) 260-7655
Phone 2 (800) 723-6374

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"

Rebates Grants Wind Incentives

Wind Residential $/KW $3,000
Wind Commercial $/KW $3,000
Wind Non-profit $/KW $3,000
Wind Rating DC
Wind Residential % Max 50%
Wind Commercial % Max 50%
Wind Non-profit % Max 50%

Wind Residential Max KW 750
Wind Commercial Max KW 750
Wind Residential Max $ $100,000
Wind Commercial Max $ $100,000
Wind Non-profit Max $ $100,000

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1.  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"