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Your 2020 guide to getting solar panels for your home in Maryland

This page is a complete guide to the complicated and sometimes confusing process of installing solar panels on your Maryland home. Since there's a lot to consider, we've separated the page into sections to help you find what you are looking for. If you find this page useful, please share it with someone who might also find it interesting!

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** What's new for 2020 **

Maryland solar incentives continue to save the average homeowner nearly $2,000 in the first year, and the Federal Government will also give you a tax credit equal to 26% of what you pay for solar in 2020. That federal credit steps down again in 2021. All those incentives add up to substantial savings for you who want to do the right thing for the environment and your pocketbook.

Maryland's solar success is driven by its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which ensures a commitment to growing the share of electricity generated from renewable sources. While the RPS is currently pretty strong, it could be enhanced to 100% as promised by other forward looking states, though the SREC solar performance payment and available solar rebate program here provides returns at pace with the historical performance of the stock market.

Questions? Our network of solar experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page. You can get discounted on-grid pricing as low as $4,000/kW! This is paired with the strong Maryland solar incentives you see below.

What you'll find on this page:

The Solar Strategy section is focused on the 3 ways of paying for solar in Maryland, so you can decide which is best for you. We've created a tool that asks you a few questions and recommends whether you should pursue a solar lease, loan, or outright purchase. Then, we provide detailed analysis of how each works.

The Policy Information section contains all our latest research on the rules set by lawmakers and the Public Utilities Commission, which determine how easy it is to go solar in Maryland. These policies and rules govern everything from renewable energy mandates to interconnection, and have a huge effect on the viability of solar.

Finally, the Solar Incentives section includes information about money-back rebates and grants, tax credits, and tax exemptions for going solar in Maryland.

Click any of the boxes below to go to that section of the page, or scroll down to read the page in order.

Your Solar Strategy in Maryland

Figuring out the best way to go solar in Maryland can be a little daunting. From loans and leases to power-purchase agreements, there are a lot of options out there. To help you pick the one that might be best, we've created the handy decision tool below.

We'll ask you a few simple questions about you and your home. Once you're done, we'll recommend a good option. Further down this page, we provide cost estimates and example return-on-investment calculations for all the various options:

How should you pay for solar?

Use our decision tool to find out!

How to pay for solar panels in Maryland

The chart above shows the 25-year returns for an investment in solar whether you choose to purchase a system with cash or pay over time with a loan or lease. As you can see, the purchase option leads to the highest dollar-amount returns over time, and the savings are HUGE in MD.

But paying up-front requires a big cash investment. That's why the solar loan option is better. If you take a loan or HELOC, you pay the system cost down monthly, but you still get a huge tax credit, meaning you'll come out way ahead in the first year. Your payments over 15 years will be only a little more than your savings, and you'll still come out tens of thousands ahead in the end.

The option with the smallest savings is for a solar Power-Purchase Agreement (PPA), which means you put $0 down on a rooftop solar system and pay monthly for the electricity, while you accumulate electricity bill savings over time. PPAs are an excellent option if you don't have any equity or cash to put down, and they still save you thousands in MD.

Read more below about each of three very good options for solar in The Old Line State!

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Option 1: Paying cash for solar

The cash option used to be the only way to get solar, and it's still the option that provides the "biggest" financial returns. The reason we put "biggest" in quotes here is because it's technically true. You'll see a net return of over $46,000 over 25 years if you pay up front. But it requires a significant up-front investment.

In the mid 2010s, banks and other financing companies realized what a good investment home solar can be, and they started providing solar loans. If you have good credit or equity in your home, that's likely your best option. It's like being able to start a business that is sure to succeed, just by having a roof. Read about loans below.

If you've got cash and you prefer to pay up front, you'll put down $27,910 up front. By the end of year 1, incentives and energy savings will erase a bunch of it. Over 25 years, your system will have produced about $46,000 in income. The reason this works is that electricity in Maryland is EXPENSIVE. Solar offsets enough of it to save you about $1,770 in year 1, and it just goes up from there. As the electric company raises rates, you save more and more, and more...

On top of the electric bill savings, your home solar installation earns you extra credit for every megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity it generates. The credits are called SRECs, and are worth about $50 each. An average-sized system earns you about 12 SRECs per year for the first 5 years of operation. That translates into an estimated $666 this year and a handsome bonus over time. Read more about Maryland's SREC market below.

Here’s how the numbers pencil out when you pay up front for an average-sized rooftop solar system in Maryland:

  • Installing a typical 9.8-kW solar system should start at about $27,910 after the $1,000 Maryland solar rebate. That's cheaper than solar has ever been, but it still might seem like a big investment. Don’t worry, because after tax breaks and energy savings, your first-year costs will be considerably less than that.
  • The Feds calculate their incentive based on actual out of pocket costs, so take 26% of $27,910, for a tax credit of $7,257. Your total investment is now down to just $20,653.
  • After the tax credit we subtract your first year’s energy savings, which we estimate to be $1,772. That reduces your cost after the first year to only $18,881.
  • That isn't the end of the savings train! Maryland's SREC Market will save you $666 this year, bringing the final year 1 cost to just $18,215. That's nearly 35% off the starting price!
  • Your system will pay for itself in just 10 years, and over its 25-year life, you'll see a total estimated net profit of $46,061. The internal rate of return for this investment is a stupendous 12.4%!
  • And don't forget... your home's value just increased by close to $21,000, too (which just coincidentally equals the cost of the system after incentives)!
  • In addition to all that cash (and home value), you’ve created some green for the earth as well by not using electricity from fossil fuels. It's like planting 218 trees a year, every year your solar power system is humming.
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Maryland. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar panel system, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 2: Using a loan to pay for solar

Don't have $30,000 sitting around to pay for solar? No sweat! As long as you have equity in your home, you can still own solar panels and reap all the benefits. Heck, even if you do have the cash, getting a loan to pay for solar is by far the best option when it comes to percentage return on investment.

That’s because, in Maryland, using a loan to pay for solar is like investing in a business that's sure to succeed, and also earns you a tax break. Your tax savings will be huge in the first year—more than enough to offset the small difference between the loan payments and electric bill savings. All this means you'll never have to spend a cent on solar, and you'll still come out way ahead over 25 years.

A solar purchase like this will make sense for you if the following is true about you and your current situation:

  • You can qualify for a solar loan or home-equity line of credit (HELOC) for $27,910, with a fixed rate of 5% or lower and a 15-year repayment period.
  • You love making money without much risk

Here’s how the numbers pencil out for a Maryland solar purchase with a loan:

  • Installing a typical 9.8-kW solar system should start at about $27,910 after Maryland's $1,000 solar rebate. That's how big your loan will need to be to cover it.
  • The electricity you'll save in the first year of operation would have cost $1,772, but your annual loan payments will be 2,562, meaning you would spend $790 on solar this year, but...
  • You'll also see a huge tax break! The Feds give you 26% of the cost of your system (after rebate) back as a tax credit, which in this case is $7,257.
  • The final bit of savings comes from Maryland's SREC program (discussed below). SRECs will mean an additional $666 in income from solar this year. Altogether, you'll come out $7,133 ahead after year 1. The cost of your loan will only never wipe away that windfall, and aftert the loan's paid off, your net savings will skyrocket.
  • The benefits of taking the loan are so great that after the loan is paid off, your profits stack up just like if you bought the system outright. You'll end up withmore than $35,000 in profits over our 25-year example—all without putting a single penny into it. That's HUGE.
  • On top of the green that will stay in your pocket, your system will mean green for the environment, too. 218 trees-worth, every year!
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Maryland. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar loan, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

Option 3: Buying the electricity, not the panels with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

In a Power Purchase Agreement, your solar company installs panels on your home, but you don't own them. You agree to buy the electricity from the panels at a set rate that's lower than your existing electric rate.

PPAs can be a smart choice if you have decent credit, low income, and/or are newly retired. And even though the savings are smaller than if you purchased a solar system, you can still avoid thousands in payments to the utility company. Though, if you can't commit to a 20 or 25-year contract, it can be a hassle to transfer the PPA when you sell your home.

Here’s how the numbers pencil out if you sign up for a solar PPA in Maryland:

  • The agreement: You sign a contract to purchase solar electricity at a set rate. These rates vary, but we’ll use $.12/kWh as an example.
  • How it works: The solar electricity replaces most of your utility bill, but you now get 2 bills each month; 1 from the utility company for a small amount, and 1 from the solar company. In our example, your previous utility bill would have been around $158 per month. The new bill would be for about $10 per month, and the new solar bill would be for about $134. In total, that represents an average savings of just over $14 per month, or $173 per year.
  • Lifetime savings: That might not seem like a lot, but it adds up. And the savings get larger over time, because the PPA cost increases by only 3% per year, whereas electricity from the utility has gone up by an average of 3.5% per year for the past few decades. Over a 20-year PPA contract, you’d save an estimated $9,942. That’s with no money down and no messing with tax credits!
  • Environmental savings: The CO2 savings from those panels is like planting 218 trees per year, every year!
Keep in mind, the numbers above are based on an average home in Maryland. If you're ready for a custom quote for a solar PPA, our network of experts are on call to assist you. Simply sign up for personalized assistance on our special solar deals page.

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Maryland Solar Policy Information

Ever wonder why solar seems to be everywhere in some states, but not in others? We did too.

State legislatures and public utilities commissions can enact rules to make solar power accessible for everyone. Favorable rules explain why some of the cloudiest states—New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, are doing so well with solar, and yet some of those with the most natural solar resources—like Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia—are doing so poorly.

Below is important information about the public policy, rules, and economic reasons that affect your ability to go solar here in Maryland:

Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard

50% by 2030

Grade: A

Maryland's Renewable Portfolio Standard grade

A Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) is a law requriring utilities in the state to source a certain percentage of their electricity from clean, renewable sources like solar panels and wind turbines. if those companies don't meet the goals, they have to pay fines to the state. This gives them an incentive to find people who want to add solar panels to their homes and be a part of meeting those goals.

Maryland has a strong RPS that became law in 2019, mandating that 50% of all energy must come from renewable sources by 2030. Maryland’s target of 50% is a very strong RPS overall, especially when compared to states that have yet to jump on the RPS bandwagon.

Perhaps more impressive is the fact that the state legislature passed this bill all by themselves in 2019, with the bill becoming law automatically, 30 days after the legislative session, because Governor Larry Hogan wouldn't sign it. This marks the second time Maryland's legislature has outpaced the Governor, having overridden a veto of 25% RPS bill in 2017.

You go, Maryland lawmakers!

Learn more about Renewable Portfolio Standards

Maryland's Solar carve-out and SRECs

14.5% by 2028

Grade: A

Maryland's Solar Carve-out grade

As part of the 2019 RPS law, Maryland lawmakers extended existing goals for the amount of total energy that must come specifically from solar power. The new goals put Maryland near the top of the pack when it comes to solar-specific requirments. Only Massachusetts is calling for more solar on a percentage basis.

The solar carve-out here basically guarantees Maryland will support solar power long into the future, which is a confort to anyone who is looking to put panels on their roof. And the carve-out means something very important for solar owners from a financial perspective, because it is what determines the value of Solar Renewable Energy Credits, one of the best solar incentives available.

Learn more about Solar Carve-outs

Maryland Electricity Prices

$0.13/kWh

Grade: C

Maryland's Electricity cost grade

The average cost of electricity in Maryland is 14 cents/kWh. That’s slightly above the national average of 13.6 cents/kWh. At Solar Power Rocks, we think the national average is too cheap, so we think energy in Maryland is currently too cheap as well. We know you hate high electric bills, but hear us out.

Most of our electricity still comes from burning millions of tons of fossil fuels. The cost of those fossil fuels in dollars and cents may be low for now, but the environmental costs are astronomical. Switching to solar power now saves you money down the road and helps save the planet. You can thank us later.

Find out why electricity prices matter

Maryland Net Metering

Statewide

Grade: A

Maryland's Net Metering grade

Net-metering requires your utility to monitor how much energy your solar power system produces and how much energy you actually consume to make sure you get credit for the surplus.

Maryland’s net-metering rules let you connect your solar panel system to the grid, and if you generate more kWh than you use, your electric company is required to credit you the going rate toward future bills.

If at the end of a 12-month billing cycle you have generated more electricity than used, you'll get a check at market rates for the difference. However, you still retain the associated SRECs your system produces over that time period.

Learn more about net metering

Maryland Interconnection Rules

Statewide

Grade: B

Maryland's Interconnection Standards grade

Maryland has enacted strong interconnection standards which outline how you can connect to the grid. Check out Maryland’s Interconnection Rules.

Learn more about solar interconnection rules

Maryland Solar Incentives

Next to high electricity prices and net metering, solar incentives have traditionally been the most important factor for whether home solar power makes financial sense in a state. In the past, some states with otherwise lousy policy had tremendous incentives that drove down the up-front cost of going solar so much that homeowners could save oodles of money even without net metering or a good RPS.

These days, the big incentive most people can get is the Federal Solar Tax Credit that earns you 26% of your total system costs back after just 1 year. State incentives play less of a role than in the past, but some really good ones are still out there, ready to help homeowners go solar and save money before you know it.

Let's see how Maryland measures up:

The availability of state solar incentives for residential solar systems was sourced from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, utility company websites, and the state public utility commission.

Maryland Solar Power Rebates

$1,000 for systems up to 20kW

Grade: B

Maryland's Solar Rebates grade

Maryland has altered their state solar power rebate from previous years. Now, every homeowner installing solar panels on their roof gets a flat $1,000 rebate through the Clean Energy Grant Program. That solar panel rebate is valid only for systems sized 20kW and below. If you’re planning a larger system, you do not qualify for this grant, but you are then eligible for the state production tax credit below.

Learn more about solar rebates

Maryland Solar Tax Credits

$0.0085/kWh for very large systems

Grade: D

Maryland's Solar Tax Credits grade

For homeowners with deeper pockets and lots of land, you can qualify for the state’s Clean Energy Production Tax Credit. To qualify, your solar system needs to be pretty big -- we're talking 28-kW of panels, which is nearly 3 times bigger than the average system. So if you have the roof space on your mansion, you can get at least a $1,000 state tax credit.

How do you get there? Maryland will credit you $0.0085 (that’s a fraction of a cent) for each kWh you feed back into the grid toward your annual state tax. So your system would need to kick out at least 23,530 kWh to hit that magical $1,000 level. Only systems sized 20kW and up can do that. If you are in the position to install a system that large, you can take your production tax credit annually for 5 years. Not too shabby, Daddy Warbucks.

For those of us with less-than Titanic-sized incomes, everyone can benefit from the Federal Solar Tax Credit. There's no cap on the federal tax credit and fortunately for Maryland, having a smaller state rebate to deduct means a larger tax credit coming your way.

Learn more about state solar tax credits

Property Tax Exemption

100%

Grade: A

Maryland's Solar Property Tax Exemptions grade

Maryland lawmakers enacted a property tax exemption for your solar panels. That means that making your house more valuable by installing a solar system won’t cost you a penny when tax time rolls around. You can expect an increase in your home value by a factor of 20 times your annual electricity savings. For a 5kW solar system installed in Maryland, that’s about $17,000.

Sales Tax Exemption

100%

Grade: A

Maryland's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade

What’s more, the purchase of your solar panel system is also sales tax exempt thanks to a sales tax exemption enacted in 2011. Thanks, Maryland!

Learn more about tax exemptions for solar

Low-income Solar Programs

None

Grade: F

Maryland's Solar Sales Tax Exemption grade Learn more about low-income solar programs available in the U.S.

The consensus on Maryland solar power rebates and incentives

Maryland has been making some good progress on building up the solar energy market in the state. The legislature has set the bar high with a strong RPS (including a solar carve out) and some important solar power rebates and incentives are now flowing into homeowner’s pockets as a result. Solar is now a no-brainer idea in Maryland: good for your kids, environment, local economy, and most importantly – your finances. Don’t miss the boat!

Again, if you are confused about how these numbers work and would like some personalized assistance or a quote of your own, simply connect with our network of solar experts. They’ll help sort out all the pricing, get you access to special deals, and they’re super friendly to boot!

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My condo complex in Montgomery County, Md. would like to chat with other condo communities that have set up solar for outdoor lighting and other projects.

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Hiya, I am really glad I’ve found this information. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossip and net stuff and this is actually irritating. A good site with interesting content, that is what I need. Thanks for making this site, and I will be visiting again. Do you do newsletters by email?

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MD is not the environmental paradise you imply. Ocean City is the beaches and it is an abomination. Deep Creek Lake in the Appalachins allows development to the top of mountains and folks light up the mountains like Xmas trees at nite.The Balto-Wash Corridor looks like North Jersey now.Yea there are some good State Parks but open wilderness areas? Where? State pliticians are too influenced by developer money at election time. Not enough Federal protection or local and State backbone.

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I don’t agree with all of the references you have made, yet i will agree with a few. There are many open wilderness areas, especially in Western Maryland. I guess the next time you are driving your car to deep creek lake to climb that mountain, stop and take a walk about Allegany county. you will find some of the areas that you claim are meerly fiction.

Kailash
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Kailash

I am highly disappointed that Montgomery County, MD, has suspended its tax rebate program as of November 2011. I signed installation of solar system contract in June 2011, but now I am not sure whether I will get my rebate. My installer (Solar Solution LLC), did not mention that the tax rebates were back-logged as much as 5 years. The tax credit was an incentive for me to sign the contract. It will discourage other folks from installing alternate energy system. Not a good step as we want to be more energy efficient.

Frank
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Frank

Seems as though MD killed some incentives by reducing the PV grant from $500 / kW up to $10K to a single $1K amount. Kills the deal for me in Anne Arundel.

Jim
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Jim

Does anyone have any experience with a company in Gaithersburg, MD called Solar Energy World? Thanks. [email protected]

chris kerr
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chris kerr

please update your price of $10/watt as an example….closer to 5-6/watt…this price will scare people away from solar

Barb
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Barb

Signing our solar contract this week-we already have geothermal. I was disappointed that the MD grants for geothermal were gone by the time we applied. I’m hoping this won’t be an issue with solar….

Susan
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Susan

Montgomery County has this on their web site as of August 9, 2011:
Please note that demand for energy-efficiency and renewable energy property tax credits has outstripped the annual budget of $100,000 for energy-efficiency credits and $400,000 for renewable energy credits. The current wait time for payment of credits is at least 5 years. Applicants will be paid in the order that applications were received as long as funding is available. Please contact the Department of Finance for more information.

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Sam

Has anyone used an installer in Howard County Maryland in 2011. I have seen the older posts and looking to see some recommendations as well as any new rebate programs. Is the $5K program for the county still alive. Any help would be great!!!

Johann
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Johann

Any information available for St. Marys county?

Janene
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Janene

I live in Carroll County and would like to know what is available for Carroll County residents. How does the Federal, State and Local tax incentives work and same with grant or rebate money. Will I have to pay income taxes on any of this and are my property taxes waived for going green

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I was thinking about going this route, My house is all electric, there is no gas line even run to the house. all electric base board heat and dual central air systems. up grading to heat pumps will run about 10 grand, having a gas line run from street to house (7,000)and replacing water heater(1500),and stove(2000).
Figure leaving eveything as is and adding solar and maybe getting a checking in the spring and fall would be a nice alternative

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Gro solar put in our system in 2008 and did a wonderful, professional job. We couldn’t be happier. I was told back then that the $10,000 grant from MD we received was NOT tasable as personal income for the state.Does anyone know if this is for sure? Thank you

Sandy
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Sandy

I have not seen one single house in Cecil County Maryland with solar panels…any rebates in my county? My house is all electric and I am paying a fortune to Delmarva…help…

Ariel Bayker
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ORIGINAL COST = $14,000

FEDERAL SUBSIDY

($4,200.00)

STATE SUBSIDY

($2,000.00)

COUNTY SUBSIDY

($5,000.00)

SREC

($800.00)

COST after SUBSIDES

$1,500!!!

Mark
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Mark

I am looking for a solar installer. Do these guys have to have a MHIC# with the state?

Tami
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Tami

My county does not have any property tax rebates, so the Maryland solar rebate money is very important to me. Does Maryland currently have money for the rebates (for 2010 solar installations?)

My husband heard they ran out of money.

Also, if any one knows about selling RECs and can explain the effects of the 2008 amendments to the law, I would very much appreciate it.

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We’ve used solar e world. Generally positive, but takes a long time for them to complete the job. There were a lot of delays with Pepco as well, so I’m not sure who’s to blame. The sales guy was a little pushy and not so great to deal with.

Theresa
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Theresa

does anyone know anything about solar e world in Jessup MD or have you used them before… ?

thanks Theresa

matt
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matt

looking for information on installers..would like to get some estimates and plan this out for 2010

Neil
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Neil

Can anyone to direct me to a website listing current tax incentives available in the state of Maryland.

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"

We will be doing an update on Maryland shortly. But you can always see the raw updates at http://www.dsireusa.org/solar. Click on MD. They do a great job keeping up, but sometimes their explanations can be too complicated for some. We try to keep it simple but accurate….when we have time.

Hope that helps, Neil!

Neil
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Neil

We are designing a house to be built in Harford County, Maryland. Does anyone have any recommendations of companies they have had a positive experience with that they feel confident recommending? Also, what tax incentives are currently available in MD? Is there a website to visit to view current incentives?

Matt
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Matt

Maryland solar incentives are no longer on hold. Visit the Maryland Energy Administration website.

Ronner Bufford
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Ronner Bufford

I’m a homeowner in PG County and now looking into the solar energy medium to see if it’s possible to receive the true benefits of solar energy in the Washington D.C. region. I’ve been told that the sun power is not that strong when it comes to using it for energy in this area of the country, could this be true? This is when compared with other states like Arizona and also the cost you incur for the performance you receive.

Thanks for all information that’s received

RB

Tor a.k.a. "Solar Fred"
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Ronner, This is true, compared to Arizona, and other Western and Southern States, Maryland does not get as much insolation (technial term for sunlight) on the panels. But that really doesn’t matter because, if Maryland solar rebates continue (they’re temporarily on hold right now, I believe) you’re going to see a good return on your investment when combined with other federal incentives. How much sunlight you get does affect your system size and payback period. The same exact house with the same exact energy needs in Arizona and Baltimore are going have different solar systems. Your system may need more… Read more »

Frank
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Ginnie
thanks for the info
how do we contact you?
Fank
[email protected]

Ginnie
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Ginnie

We live in Howard Co and just had our solar evaluation today. We were shocked at how quick the payback will be. Definitely under 5 years. After that we’ll “get back” close to $20,000 a year between the savings in electricity and the REC credits. And the company we’re using (GroSolar) also does the 1 yr 0% financing. The fed, state and county incentives are incredible. It’s a no-brainer. Feel free to contact me if you want more details.

Heather
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Heather

I am in the process of working with Seven Seas Energy here in Annapolis and so far everything seems to be going well. I was told we are not as good as Howard county but I am hoping to have the system pay for itself within 5 years.

By the way- what are your thoughts on selling the RECS off? Are they counter to my good intentions?

Teris
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Teris

I install systems in Maryland however to not be spammy- I’ll leave my name out. I just wanted to write that some systems we are putting in place could have a payback in as little as 4.5 years. It depends on a number of factors but a good solar professional should be able to help you with this. Howard county is great. We are pricing out a small residential system and due to a number of these circumstances it is only like $1,000 out of pocket for a 4kw system. Take note however this is only AFTER all the incentives… Read more »

Murray
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Murray

With clarification Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties are on the same level with Howard County. Their Property Tax Credit laws were written in a very strange manner but recent clarification has made it clear that they will issue the same $5000 credit. We have processed a number of our clients for this credit in the past month in both counties.

Obviously nothing wrong with Howard county as their statute was straight forward easy to read. Kudos to them.

Mike
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Mike

I live in Howard County. We are considering an addition in the next year, and I am just starting to investigate the possibility of going solar. Anyone have any suggestions on where to start, as far as collecting information goes?

A couple folks mentioend that Howard County is the place to be as far as incentives/rebates go. Is that correct?

Brad
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Brad

Standard Solar in Gaithesburg did my system. They did all the paperwork for the Grants and even were able to finance the system for 1 year same as cash. That way we were able to get all the grants due to us before we even had to come out of pocket. Anyone serious about Solar Should call them.

Marty Gabler
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Marty Gabler

Just finished a 4 KW system in Chase, Md to complement a solar water heating syatem installed last year. Work done by Power Up of Chase, MD. The lowest installed cost by far. Check out the latest State and Federal incentives and don’t forget solar renewable energy credits which you can sell to offset installed costs.

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Maxine

Used Standard Solar in Montgomery County. Love the system. Installed in Jan. You almost forget it’s there, however, I’m addicted to seeing how much we’ve generated each day. 4kw system. 14% ROI, payback was 6.8yrs (although I think both will improve as Pepco raises rates in June again). First bill after install for 100% elec single family house – $7!!! Still new, but love it so far. Question, how do you get a breakdown of each item on Pepco bill? We dropped 500kwh from 2008 to 2009 (Jan-Apr) and paid only a few dollars less in 2009 (solar installed in… Read more »

Andres
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Andres

Howard County is the bright spot for solar in Maryland, no doubt. The property Tax credit is very significant and we install many units there because of this….

Dan Hahn
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Dan Hahn

Wow,

Everybody seems very interested to speak with Kathy and Jim! I’ll see if I can’t track them down and get a post up shortly.

Cheers,
– Dan

kevin
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kevin

Did anyone hear back from Kathy and Jim regarding contractor? I am in the market as it were for installing a new system at my residence in Howard County.

Varney Smith
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Varney Smith

Kathy & Jim, I live in Howard County and would very much like to discuss solar with you. Items such as who installed your system, cost, ect.

Thank you,

Lisa
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Lisa

Kathy and Jim,

I live in Frederick County, fairly close to Howard County. Would love to know who you used as your contractor?

Ryan
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Ryan

Kathy and Jim,

We live in Howard County as well. Who did you guys contact to do solar panels? $6k out of pocket seems like a bargain!

Wendy
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Wendy

Wow, Kathy and Jim,
Seems like the incentives have really changed in Maryland. We are in Maryland and considering solar, among other things. Have to do something – our BGE bill was over $800 last month! Who did you work with?

Kathy and Jim
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Kathy and Jim

And my I add, it is exciting (especially when the net meter is running backwards). We are currently installing a hot water heater system, which is much more affordable for most people

Kathy and Jim
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Kathy and Jim

We hooked up to the grid yesterday; we will pay $6650 out of pocket: here are the numbers
PV cost : $27, 530 (3.04kw)
Federal Tax credit: $8,250 (30%, no max after 1/12009
MD grant $7,600 ($2,500/kW, max 10K)
H0ward country $5,000 (50%, max 5K)

Terri
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Terri

I live in FL, and they have a $15,000 tax incentive! I’m thinking of relocating to MD and was appalled, when I saw their little rebate! I grew up in MD and this is so typical of that state! Greedy!

Randi
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Randi

Once again I am appalled to call myself a Marylander. We have one of the finest states in the nation with our historical entities, waters, mountains and forests. If the government does not step up and do something about it, we might as well fill it with sand and call it Iraq.

S. Rowland
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S. Rowland

We have been waiting for at least 20 years for a chance to get solar energy. Just like electric vehicles it is still a dream for the average person. I’m 60 now and I’ll bet it will still be out of reach when I’m gone. Couldn’t renting the systems help those who need it?

G. Hilliard
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G. Hilliard

This is my initial inquiry into the use of solar panel as a supplemental source of energy. Can anyone out there who has been using them give me some unbiased feed back?

Will
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Will

Considering that the Solar Energy Grant Program is already closed due to “too many applications,” I find your assement of Maryland as being clean energy friendly questionable. Looks like a money grab to me.

Jerri
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Jerri

Jerri
To go off the Grid requires far more than Enron financing and wind supplementation.
In Maryland , like all States the pockets are deep and the memory is short.

Carol
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Carol

What has happened to H.R. 5351? Is it still in the senate finance committee?

jim
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jim

The energy companies don’t give me free energy why should I give them free energy? If I have used less energy at the end of the year then I produced then the energy companies gets to keep the profits. How is that an incentive?

David Llorens
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David Llorens

Hi Jerry,

There are…. but typically it is just home-equity lending wearing green-colored hats… However, somethings they may be able to do is understand the value a solar energy system adds to a home, allowing you to qualify for a larger LTV ratio.

There are definitely some new creative financing ideas popping onto the scene. Most are not for small scale residential applications, but here in California we are starting to see some leased systems.

Jerry
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Jerry

I am looking for financing for a system, any lenders deal exclusively with renewables?

Big D
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Big D

Wow, only 60K and you’ll get your money back maybe in 15 years. That is if you happen to stay in your house for that long. Also, buyers love to see all the solar equipment hanging off the house when you go to sell. Solar power is a steal.

Dan Hahn
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Dan Hahn

Big D,

I understand your snap sentiments here, however please consider the following:

1. solar equipment can compliment the aesthetics of a home (flickr some solar installations. There are really pretty ones out there that don’t look like satellites have crashed into your roofline.)
2. financing is available which inevitably will amount to a lower monthly payment than your previous energy bill.
3. your property value increases significantly right when the system is operational.

Barry Midland
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Barry Midland

I am very “close”to actual energy happenings in Maryland. Incentives are very poor, although not non-existent. There’s no way I would give MD any more than a 3 sun rating. To put MD at a 4 sun rating and California ONLY at a 4 sun rating is ridiculous.

Lena Gill
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Lena Gill

Why does Maryland not have solar power rebates, incentives or tax credits? Get with it.

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