Maryland Awards $2.8 Million towards Clean Energy Business Development
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced on July 29 that it's awarding $2.8 million of its funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) under the 2009 Recovery Act to the Clean Energy Economic Development Initiative (CEEDI). The funds will provide three performance-based grants to businesses that will spur clean energy production and create 32 full-time jobs and 50 construction jobs over the next 18 months. The actions will further Maryland's goal of generating 20% of its power from renewable energy sources by 2020.
The companies receiving awards are: Advanced Technology and Research Corporation which will use $1,093,000 to help pay labor costs associated with the production of an innovative sun-tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the company’s Columbia facility; Strategic Services International, which will use $1,236,000 to support the development of new manufacturing facilities for an innovative mobile PV and wind power generator; and Chesapeake Renewable Energy, which will spend $490,000 to support development and site-planning activities in Somerset County for a five-megawatt PV array. MEA is continuing to work with DOE to identify additional CEEDI awardees.