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MEA awards over $1.6M for street lighting energy efficiency in 11 Md. communities

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced it awarded 11 grants, totaling more than $1.6 million, to local governments and school districts seeking to upgrade its streetlights and other pole mounted outdoor lighting fixtures under MEA’s Fiscal Year 2022 Streetlight and Outdoor Lighting Efficiency (SOLE) Pilot Grant Program.

These grants defray the cost to acquire and install clean, cost-saving light-emitting diode (LED) light fixtures and controls. These awards are anticipated to result in the replacement of nearly 6,000 inefficient fixtures with highly energy-efficient alternatives.

The SOLE Pilot Grant program is a new initiative for MEA. This effort was preceded by the report LED Streetlight Conversions in Maryland & Virginia: Opportunities, Challenges, and Strategies in 2020, funded by a U.S. Department of Energy Grant and conducted with partners including Clean Energy Solutions Inc., the National Association of State Energy Officials, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Virginia Department of Energy.