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FY18 Commercial & Industrial Grant Program



The Maryland Energy Administration (“MEA”) is providing the FY18 Commercial & Industrial Grant Program (“C&I Program,” “the Program”) to support improving the energy efficiency and reducing the energy costs of enterprises in Maryland’s commercial and industrial sector. Up to $1 million is available in funding.

Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and Grantees will be announced in January 2018.

Potential Applicants are encouraged to sign up for a free informational webinar on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. See the Informational Webinar section below for information on how to sign up.


Program Overview

 

What is this program - Commercial and Industrial

The C&I Program provides grant awards to commercial, industrial, and nonprofit enterprises in Maryland’s commercial and industrial sector to assist with energy efficiency projects that will reduce their electricity consumption by at least 15%.

Examples of possible energy efficiency measures include but are not limited to the following:

  • Building insulation and envelope improvements
  • Lighting and Controls*
  • Motors and variable frequency drives (VFDs)
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades
  • Refrigeration
  • Retro-commissioning or recommissioning
  • Energy data analytics and operational changes to improve energy efficiency

  • * Lighting paired with controls will be considered one measure under the FY18 C&I Program.
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Program Timeline

 

Program Timeline

  • September 2017: FY18 C&I Program opens for applications
  • November 14, 2017: Applications are due to MEA by 5:00 P.M.
  • January 2018: Grant decisions are announced
  • February 2018: Grant Agreements are executed (Grantees may commence work)
  • February 1, 2019: All measures must be installed
  • March 1, 2019: Final invoices are due to MEA

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Available Funding & Grant Amounts

 

The FY18 C&I Program has been allocated $1 million, subject to funding availability, from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund (“SEIF”). Eligible projects must cost at least $20,000 before the deduction of leveraged funds (rebates, incentives, etc.). Award amounts will be calculated at rates based upon three (3) tiers of electricity savings:

  • Tier 1 – 15% - 20% Electricity Savings: Up to 30% of net total project cost (after the deduction of incentives, rebates, and other leveraged funds), or $125,000, whichever is lower
  • Tier 2 – 20.1% - 25% Electricity Savings: Up to 40% of net total project cost (after the deduction of incentives, rebates, and other leveraged funds), or $150,000, whichever is lower
  • Tier 3 – 25.1%+ Electricity Savings: Up to 50% of net total project cost (after the deduction of incentives, rebates, and other leveraged funds), or $175,000, whichever is lower

Example:

    Projected Electricity Savings: 21% (Tier 2 – Up to 40% of Net Total Project Cost)
    Total Project Cost: $232,000
    Leveraged Funds: $60,000
    Net Total Project Cost: $172,000
    MEA Grant: $172,000 x 40% = $68,800

Eligibility Requirements

 

In order to qualify for consideration under the C&I Program, Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The Applicant organization must be a Maryland commercial, industrial, or nonprofit enterprise.
  • The Applicant organization must be in good standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (“SDAT”).
  • The proposed energy efficiency project must reduce electricity consumption of an entire building or treated space within a building by at least 15%.
  • Projects eligible for grant consideration must be cost-effective. The aggregate total simple payback of the entire project before the deduction of all available rebates, incentives, grants, and other sources of leveraged funding must not exceed 10 years.
  • The building(s) or treated space(s) that the Applicant organization proposes to upgrade must be located within the State of Maryland.
  • The proposed project must include at least two (2) energy efficiency measures. Lighting and controls will be considered one measure under the FY18 C&I Program.
    • Measures that aim to reduce electricity consumption by solely switching to another fuel source are not eligible for grant funding.
    • Renewable energy measures are not eligible for grant funding.
  • The proposed project must cost at least $20,000 before the deduction of leveraged funds (incentives, rebates, etc.).
  • Projects must be completed no later than February 1, 2019.
  • Applicant organizations whose projects propose upgrades to buildings or treated spaces within buildings that are located in one of Maryland’s five EmPOWER utility service territories must apply to the EmPOWER Incentive programs offered to commercial and industrial entities by their respective utility providers.
    • Project sites that are located outside of these service territories may still qualify for funding consideration under the C&I Program.

Applicants must meet all other requirements detailed by the FY18 C&I Grant Program Application Information and Requirements (see section "How to Apply") document.

Informational Webinar

 
MEA will hold an informational webinar for potential Applicants to go over C&I Program requirements, how to apply, what makes a good project proposal, and the anticipated timeline for Grant selection. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
 
If you would like to sign up for the webinar, please click here​ and follow the sign-up instructions.
 
 

How To Apply

 

** NOTE:  Applicants must download the application forms and open them with a desktop PDF viewer. Right click the link for each application document and select "Save As" (or its equivalent). Then, go to the folder where the PDF applications are saved and open the application. **

Applicants must first read the FY18 C&I Application Information and Requirements document.

Next, download and complete the FY18 C&I Application – Part 1 of 2 .

Applicants must then download and complete the FY18 C&I Application – Part 2 of 2 . If the proposed project will involve more than one (1) project site, a separate copy of the FY18 C&I Application – Part 2 of 2 must be completed for each site, and Applicants must also download and complete the Multi-site Addendum .

Please note, all applications must include the Electric Utility Data Addendum, which can be found here​.

Once all required documents have been completed and all required application attachments have been acquired, submit the entire application package to MEACIProgram@sra.com. Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Applicants may alternatively submit their applications via mail or hand-deliver them to MEA by the due date, but they are strongly encouraged to submit them electronically. If mailing or hand-delivering, applications should be sent to MEA at the following address:

Maryland Energy Administration
Attn: C&I Grant Program – Application
1800 Washington Blvd. Suite 755
Baltimore, MD 21230

Additional Information & Related Programs

 
For additional information on the C&I Program requirements, eligibility, evaluation criteria, and instructions on submitting a complete applications, please contact Brandon Bowser, C&I Program Manager at 410-537-4084 or send an email to ci.mea@maryland.gov.

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