CUMBERLAND — Maryland has increased the payments in its rebate program for purchasers of wood and pellet stoves. The rebates available now total $500 for wood stoves and $700 for pellet stoves, according to a press release from the Maryland Energy Administration.
Among the requirements for the rebates are that the wood stove must be installed at a primary Maryland residence and the clean burning wood stoves must displace electric, non-natural gas fossil fuel heating systems or old woodstoves, according to the MEA.
“This program allows rural Marylanders to spend locally on heating while using affordable, renewable energy,” said John Ackerly, president of The Alliance for Green Heat. “(It) makes Maryland a national leader in embracing the renewable energy favored by rural working families.”
Homeowners will quickly see long-term savings, according to the MEA.
Pellet stoves can save consumers anywhere from $400 to $800 in heating costs annually, according to the press release
Other requirements of the program include that a property may not receive more than one grant per technology per fiscal year.
The MEA cannot offer grants to a property held in a trust and qualifying stoves must be purchased no earlier than Sept. 7, 2012, according to the group’s website.
To qualify, wood stoves must be EPA-certified to emit less than 3 grams an hour of particulate emissions and pellet stoves that emit less than 2 grams an hour are eligible.
The program began in 2011 when Delegate Heather Mizeur introduced legislation providing rebates for homeowners in order to purchase wood and pellet stoves to heat their homes. Mizeur worked with the MEA to secure $50,000 for Maryland’s first Biomass Heating Pilot Program. The program’s extension ensures biomass will be a critical part of the state’s clean energy future, according to the press release.
“Maryland has been a leader in renewable energy production, but there is so much more for us to do,” Mizeur said. “This is great validation of our continued commitment to shift the way we produce energy.”
Application forms are available at: http://energy.maryland.gov/Residential/woodstoves/
For questions and answers on the program, visit: http://www.forgreenheat.org/consumer_resources/mdrpqa.html