The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Fiscal Year 2021 Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program ("DCEEG" or the "Program"). This first of its kind in the country grant is now entering a fifth cycle and is designed to support Maryland's robust and growing information technology sector. The DCEEG provides funding on a competitive basis to encourage the implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency technologies in data centers throughout the State. Grant awards will range from $20,000 to $200,000 per eligible project, subject to funding availability. Grants are designed to cover up to 50% of the net customer cost (up to $200,000) for innovative and cost-effective energy efficiency solutions.
Successful projects must results in the reduction of energy usage within a data center through cost-effective energy efficiency measures.
Applications will be reviewed competitively and MEA will accept applications until 11:59 PM EST, January 15, 2021.
MEA is seeking innovative energy efficiency solutions to reduce electrical usage in data centers and improve overall Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) in existing data centers. The competitive program is open to any commercial, state/local government, or non-profit data center located or being constructed within the State of Maryland with an overall data floor facility size of at least 1,000 square feet. For the purposes of this Program, a data center is defined as a facility used to house only computers, server, and networking systems, IT components, and supporting infrastructure.
Grant awards are expected to range from $20,000 to $200,000 per eligible project, subject to funding availability. Grants are designed to cover up to 50% of the net customer cost (up to $200,000), after other incentives and grants have been applied, for innovative and cost-effective energy efficiency solutions.
Eligible efficiency measures include, but are not limited to, server virtualization; air-flow optimization; aisle containment; lighting controls; uninterruptible power supplies (UPS); motors and variable frequency drives; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades; and building insulation and envelope improvements.
The program project requirements and timeline, as well as an overview of the application process, can be found in the drop-down menus below.
For more information, read our Notice of Availability
At a minimum, each proposed project must:
To be considered for a grant award, an application must be complete, accurate, and signed by the applicant or authorized representative of the applicant. In addition, the Applicant must be in good standing with the State of Maryland. For Certificate of Status Information, please see the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation webpage.
Applications that include a full energy audit report will be looked upon more favorably during the award process. Additionally, projects that demonstrate strong showcasing potential or project that implements an innovative element may be given preference during the award process. MEA also reserves the right to select applications that allow for broad diversity in the project portfolio including, but not limited to, geographical diversity.
Additionally, the Maryland Energy Administration showcases selected projects to demonstrate how MEA energy programs are benefiting Maryland residents and businesses. If selected for an award, please note that the MEA grant agreement will contain participation requirements for project showcasing
For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions
Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST, December 18, 2020.
Step 1: Review the Notice of Availability and Frequently Asked Questions
Step 2: FY21 Data Center Program Application
Step 3: Gather all required attachments for the application
Step 4: Submit the application to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Program Information Document
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