FY22 Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program

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Program Description: The Maryland Energy Administration's ("MEA") Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program ("DCEEG"), will provide grants on a first-come first- serve basis to encourage innovative and cost-effective energy efficiency technologies in Maryland data centers. The DCEEG program is open to all commercial, industrial, state/local government, or non-profit data centers in Maryland with an overall data facility floor size of 1,000 square feet or greater.

For the purpose of this program, a data center is defined as a facility used to house only computers, servers, networking systems, IT components, and supporting infrastructure. It may also be a specifically designed and equipped facility to meet the needs of high-density computing equipment or server racks used for data storage and processing. The Data Center space includes sophisticated computing and server functions; it excludes server closests and computer training rooms.

Grants are designed to support up to 50% of the net customer cost (up to $300,000), after other incentives and grants have been applied, for innovative and cost-effective energy efficiency solutions.

Program Purpose: MEA is seeking innovative energy efficiency solutions to reduce electrical usage in data centers and improve existing data center Power Usage Effectiveness ("PUE"), which is the ratio of total facilities energy to IT equipment energy, defined by the Green Grid. The program intends to increase the cost competitiveness of Maryland's data centers by reducing facility operating operations and maintenance costs through energy savings.

Type of Program: The FY22 DCEEG Program is a first-come, first-serve grant program, subject to funding availability and restrictions; grants will be awarded to eligible applicants upon review of applications.

Program Application Deadline: MEA will be accepting applications until 5:00 PM EST, February 11, 2022 or when funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

Anticipated Program Budget: Approximately $600,000, restrictions apply and MEA reserves the right to adjust this budged based on funding availability.

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For more information, contact David Giusti, MEA Program Manager for Data Center Energy Efficienct via email at david.giusti1@maryland.gov​ or by phone at 410-913-2387.

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Additional Funding Opportunity: The Maryland Department of Commerce is accepting applications for Maryland Data Center Maryland Sales and Use Tax Exemption Incentive Program​, click here ​for details.

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