Climate Clips: New Maryland solar grant program offers up to $7,500 for eligible households

The Maryland Energy Administration announced the launch of an important new program to provide major incentives for income-eligible Maryland households to install solar panels. Contained in the Brighter Tomorrow Act of 2024 recently signed by Governor Wes Moore, the new Maryland Solar Access program will boost solar development in the state and make it easier for more Marylanders to reduce both their energy bills and carbon footprints.

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Baltimore Sun
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Canary Media
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The Nation’s Power Grid is Overwhelmed. New Rules Aim to Boost Construction.
Washington Post
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Carbon Removal: What’s the Local Government’s Role?
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New York Times
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Economic Damage from Climate Change Six Times Worse than Thought
The Guardian
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