Maryland offers funding for animal waste-to-energy projects

By Erin Voegele | October 13, 2017

The Maryland Energy Administration recently announced the opening of its fiscal year (FY) 2018 Animal Waste-to-Energy Grant Program, which is making $3.5 million available to support selected projects.

The program is divided into two areas of interest. One is focused on on-farm and pilot-scale projects with capacities less than 2 NW, while the second is focused on community- and regional-scale projects with capacities greater than 2 MW. According to the MEA, $2.5 million of the available funding will be made available to support on-farm and pilot-scale projects, with a 40 percent cost-share required by the applicant. The remaining $1 million will be made available for community- and regional-scale projects, with a 50 percent cost share required by the applicant.

Information published by the MEA specifies the program is open to businesses, government agencies and non-profits in Maryland. Eligible projects must use animal waste to generate electricity, reduce the volume of animal waste, and address the fate of the byproduct.

Applications must be submitted by Feb. 28, 2018, with selected projects to be fully commissioned by June 30, 2020. Additional information is available on the MEA website.