Skyline Innovations, a Washington D.C.-based company developing low-cost, commercial-scale solar hot water systems, was the recipient of a Maryland Game Changer grant for its project to install solar collector systems at Greenbriar Condominiums in Greenbelt, according to a news release.
The Game Changer grant provides funds to early-commercialization-stage clean energy projects based in Maryland, according to the state website.
Skyline’s project is one of nine Game Changer grants awarded since the first award recipients were announced in November, according to the state website.
Another recipient was Standard Solar’s installation of the first commercial solar microgrid, a type of solar energy battery that can continue to provide solar power in case of a power outage, at the Konterra real estate development company headquarters in Laurel.
“Working with Skyline made sense for Greenbriar, both environmentally and financially,” Steve Bupp, president of Greenbriar management company CVI Inc., said in the release. “The ability to reduce our environmental footprint without investing capital and while locking in a long-term discount to our energy prices was a simple decision for us.”
The installation was provided free to Greenbriar by Skyline, who will charge Greenbriar for the solar energy used at a price that is a fixed percentage lower than the utility rate to ensure that renewable energy is less expensive than fossil fuel, the release states.