Baltimore, MD–The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) today announced theResiliency Hub Program, a new initiative serving Maryland’s low-to-moderate income residents that will provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy during power outages. Resiliency Hubs provide power to residents in the event of a power outage occurs. The total grant funding is $5 million and the application deadline is March 1, 2019.

“Expanding relief options for residents impacted by a power grid outage is a paramount health and safety issue,” stated Mary Beth Tung, MEA Director. “Having a building in the community with sustained electrical power can ensure at risk people are safe in overheated or freezing apartments, temperature sensitive medications are preserved, and communications are maintained.”

Grant funding will be provided on a competitive basis to support the solar arrays and energy storage battery systems for identified resiliency hub locations. Program funding ranges from $1,300 per kilowatt to $2,000 per kilowatt with the maximum grant amount capped at $501,000 per project.

The location of resiliency hubs will be coordinated with local governments to address sustainability and emergency preparedness issues. Local governments, businesses and non-profit organizations will be eligible for the grants. For full details on this program, clickhere. To learn more about other MEA programs, clickhere.