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Constellation Energy launches third EcoStar Grant program

Constellation Energy, an energy producer based in Maryland, is accepting applications for its yearly EcoStar Grant program.

The program awards community-based projects in pollution prevention, education and outreach, energy efficiency, conservation and community activism up to $5,000 to implement their projects. The grant money will be provided by the Constellation Energy Foundation.

To qualify for the grant, the project should fit the five categories stated and be located in a state where Constellation Energy does business. As of July last year, Constellation Energy's serves15 states and two Canadian provinces.

Applicants must be designated a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, have a board of directors and detail how the grant award will be spent. No more than 20 percent of a grant can be allocated to administrative and office expenses.

The application deadline is March 10 and grant awards will be announced on or before Earth Day, April 22, according to a statement.

The EcoStar Grant program is has been running for three years and has awarded 147 grants totalling $655,000.

Constellation Energy owns approximately 12,000 megawatts of generating capacity. As of January, 4 percent of its energy output is produced by renewable energy sources like the 70 megawatt Criterion Wind Project and 17.4-MW Emmitsburg solar farm both located in Maryland.

The company delivers electricity and natural gas through the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, its regulated utility in Central Maryland. – Oliver M. Bayani

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