Resources for Frederick Businesses Looking to Go Green

Interested in pursuing environmentally-friendly initiatives at your business, but worried about the cost? Going green doesn’t need to mean your account will be in the red.

In addition to the savings to your energy bill, the City, County, State & our partners offer a number of programs to encourage sustainable initiatives.

Below we highlight some of the major incentives to keep in mind as you consider your next project.

EmPower Maryland & Potomac Edison’s Energy Solutions for Business Program

EmPower Maryland is an energy efficiency act that was enacted in 2008 by Maryland’s General Assembly. Through the Act, Maryland’s five major electric utilities were designated to administer programs to encourage their customers to save both energy & money.

Commercial and Industrial customers of Potomac Edison in Maryland are eligible for Energy Solutions for Business incentives, including those listed below. Incentives are available until Dec. 31, 2020 or until funds are fully committed.

More information on Potomac Edison’s energy-saving incentives can be found here.

The City’s High Performance Building Tax Credit 

This City of Frederick property tax was created to encourage energy-efficient construction and design within city limits.

  • Eligibility: New LEED certified (or equivalent) buildings 

  • Benefits: Tax credit granted as percentage of the City’s property tax, determined by the performance rating of the building

  • Application: Following the completion of project work, submit application and all back-up documentation by April 30th for the tax credit to be applied on the following Fiscal Year’s bill 

  • Full program details

  • Download Application

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Loans (C-PACE) 

C-PACE is a government policy based on the principle that commercial energy projects – such as installing solar equipment or improving a building’s heat recovery system – are public benefits like sewers, roads, and bridges. C-PACE authorizes counties to work with private capital providers to provide upfront financing to commercial property owners for qualifying improvement projects, and to collect the repayment through annual or semi-annual surcharges on the property’s tax bill.

  • Eligibility: installation of solar, geothermal or wind energy systems, water conservation devices not required by law OR any construction, renovation, or retrofitting to reduce energy consumption

  • Benefits: 100% up front capital to commercial property owners for approved projects; the loan is repaid through a long-term surcharge on the property tax bill that transfers with the sale of the property 

  • Full program details 

Maryland Energy Administration Programs

The State of Maryland offers a large range of grants, loans, and tax credits for businesses undertaking a wide range of energy-saving initiatives. 

View the programs here: MD State Energy Incentives 

In addition to the programs in the above link, the MEA is working with Marylanders to expand the State’s growing electric vehicle recharging infrastructure. Through the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate Program 2.0 residents, governments, and businesses can acquire a rebate for purchasing or installing an electric vehicle charging station. In order to receive these rebates, eligible participants must apply with MEA, which will issue rebates on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications must be received by the MEA within 6 months of when the expenses were incurred.