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Sustainability Resources For Residents and Businesses

Energy and Solar Resources

If you are interested in investing in solar for your home or business, use the Consumer Affairs Solar Energy Guide to learn about financing mechanisms, compare solar companies and more.

Descriptions of federal, state and local government clean energy incentives are available through the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency Incentive. This public clearinghouse also lists clean energy policies and incentives across the United States.

Find information on state government energy programs, policy, projects and energy saving strategies through the Maryland Energy Administration.

Purchase Green and Renewable Power in Maryland

Residents, businesses and other organizations in Maryland can select a "green" electricity energy supplier. The energy suppliers supply power generated from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal. Delivery of the electricity to your home and all necessary service is still provided by your local utility. However, the green energy suppliers provide renewable energy to the grid and your utility delivers that energy to your home or business. These green energy suppliers are licensed by state and federal agencies and are not in competition with the local utility. The local utility does not profit from the energy. Instead they profit from the delivery and service of electricity, which would remain the same.

The Department of Energy has additional information about purchasing green power in Maryland. Purchasing green power helps support increased development of renewable energy sources, which can reduce the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas.

Save Energy Through Your Utility Company

Maryland's utility companies offer programs to help reduce energy use in your home or business. Programs include energy audits and rebates for energy upgrades such as lighting, air sealing, insulation and gas tankless water heaters. Find out more through the Maryland Energy Administration's EmPOWER Maryland website.

High Performance Homes Tax Credit

In April 2012, Baltimore County Council passed a revised Property Tax Credit for high performance homes that are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified, achieve at least a silver rating according to the International Code Council's 700 National Green Building Standard or have certified energy efficiency improvements made by an approved building modeling system. The tax credit is for new or renovated homes in the residential sector.

The application is available through the Office of Budget and Finance's High Performance Homes Tax Credit Web page.

Energy Conservation Devices Property Tax Credit

The allocated budget for the Energy Conservation Property Tax Credit has been met. There is currently a waiting list and all new applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

Baltimore County offers a Property Tax Credit for solar energy devices or geothermal energy devices for residential or multi-family residential application. Eligible solar devices include that those heat or cool a structure, generate electricity for use in a structure or provide hot water for use in a structure. Eligible geothermal devices may be used to heat or cool a structure or provide hot water for use in a structure. The amount of the property tax credit is set at the lesser of 50 percent of the cost of the system or $5,000 for heating devices and $1,500 for devices which supply hot water.

The application is available through the Office of Budget and Finance's Energy Conservation Devices Tax Credit Web page. Applicants should be prepared to include the Baltimore County Inspection Certification (not the State of Maryland) and a detailed payment listing.

Maryland Green Registry

The Green Registry is a free, voluntary program managed by the Maryland Department of the Environment, which showcases sustainability efforts being made by local governments and businesses. The Green Registry also offers tips and resources to help organizations and businesses meet their own goals on the path to sustainability. Add your business to the Maryland Green Registry today.

Maryland Green Travel

Maryland Green Travel is a voluntary, self-certification program that recognizes tourism businesses committed to sustainability and reducing their environmental impact. The program works in conjunction with the Maryland Green Registry to recognize leaders and helps businesses evaluate procedures, set goals and take specific actions towards sustainability. More information is available through Visit Maryland.

Disclaimer: This information is offered as guidelines. Links to various sources are included when available. Baltimore County does not endorse nor recommend specific products.

 

Revised June 28, 2016        

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