The June 28 issue of the Maryland Register brings news of proposed changes to the Maryland Clean Energy Grant Program. (For the actual text, download the most recent Register in PDF here, then turn to page 36.)
Of particular note, NABCEP requirements are proposed; effective July 2014, installers that have been doing business in the state for more than 12 months must have at least one NABCEP – certified employee for their installations to be eligible to receive a grant, and maintain a ratio of one NABCEP per 50 non-administrative staff in the state.
There are also several proposed changes to grant eligibility and future administration that we have yet to fully interpret.
Driving Improvements Together – Send Us Your Thoughts:
If you recall in February, we surveyed the membership as to how they felt we should push for the NABCEP requirement to be established. We feel that MDV-SEIA members’ input in response to our newsletter requests is well – reflected here, except inasmuch as alternative certifications (for instance journeyman status or UL certification) are not considered. We will continue to recommend that MEA consider these alternatives.
However, we need to know your thoughts on the other proposed changes – please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts, questions, and proposed changes by July 19 so we can assemble a unified set of industry comments. As ever, we speak loudest when we speak with one voice.
MDV-SEIA is the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia chapter of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA). MDV-SEIA is one of the most active regional solar organizations in the United States with membership exceeding 320 professionals and organizations along each step of the solar supply chain, who are dedicated to growing solar locally and nationally. MDV-SEIA has helped shape solar friendly legislation and, through working with key figures throughout the industry, is committed to maintaining the strong momentum of the solar energy industry.