14.26.04.11

.11 Grant Approval Process.

A. For applications for recognized, clean energy conversion systems, the Administration shall:

(1) Determine whether the application is complete and all supporting documentation pertaining to the project has been provided by the applicant; and

(2) Determine whether the applicant is eligible to receive a Residential Clean Energy Grant or Commercial Clean Energy Grant pursuant to the:

(a) Requirements of Regulation .04 of this chapter; and

(b) Notice of grant availability published pursuant to Regulation .09 of this chapter.

B. Evaluating Innovative Clean Energy Conversion Systems.

(1) The Administration may consider applications for grants for innovative clean energy conversion systems on a case-by-case basis.

(2) If the Administration determines that a proposed innovative clean energy system is eligible for a grant award, the Administration may determine the amount of the grant by considering such factors as installed capacity, energy production, the need to meet the Stateís Renewable Portfolio Standard, and any other factors the Administration deems appropriate.

(3) Written Determination.

(a) If the Administration determines that a proposal for an innovative clean energy conversion system is eligible for an award in whole or in part, it shall make its determination in writing.

(b) If the Administration determines that a proposal for an innovative clean energy conversion system is ineligible for an award in whole or in part, it shall make its determination in writing and set forth a summary of the factors upon which its determination was made.

(4) The Administration may specify categories of innovative clean energy conversion systems by publishing notice of its determination in the Maryland Register and on the Administration webpage.

C. If it approves an application, the Administration shall process the grant for payment in accordance with applicable accounting and payment requirements.

D. Administrative Reconsideration.

(1) An applicant that has been denied a Clean Energy Grant in whole or in part may request reconsideration of the Administration within 15 days of the date of the written correspondence notifying the applicant of the disapproval of the application.

(2) The Administration may alter its initial determination based on new information or change of circumstances that was not known and could not have reasonably been known at the time the application was provided to the Administration.

(3) The applicant shall provide new information or change of circumstances that was not known and could not have reasonably been known when the application was submitted to the Administration.

(4) The Administration may request additional documentation or other proof, including technical specifications or other documentation to assist it in making its determination on reconsideration.

(5) The Administration may require the applicant to amend its application to meet the Administrationís requirements.

(6) The Administration may consider the information provided by the applicant and any other information it determines is relevant to the determination of eligibility in making its final decision.

(7) The Administration shall notify the applicant of its final decision in writing.