State Agency Loan Program

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During the most recent session of the Maryland General Assembly, 
House Bill 170 (Chapter 135 of the Acts of the General Assembly of 2019) was passed which will expand the list of eligible borrowers for the Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan program to include state agencies, as well as enable energy improvements of structures used primarily for religious or fraternal activities to be potentially eligible to participate.  This legislation will take effect on June 1, 2019. 

Starting in fiscal year 2020, state agencies will be able to apply for energy efficiency loans through the expanded Lawton program, as will all other eligible Lawton borrowers.  More information on the expanded Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan program will be posted shortly on the ​
Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan Program page. 

Established in 1991, the State Agency Loan Program (SALP) provides loans to State agencies for cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in state facilities. Since its inception, SALP has been used to upgrade lighting, controls, boilers, chillers, and other energy equipment in State buildings and facilities.
State agencies pay zero interest with a 1% administration fee for SALP loans, which typically range from $50,000 to $250,000. Loan repayments are made from an agency's fuel and utility budget, based on the avoided energy costs of the project. As loan repayments are made, new SALP loans can be awarded each fiscal year.​

SALP provides a financing mechanism useful to agencies in meeting the requirements of Executive Order 01.01.2001.02, titled "Sustaining Maryland's Future with Clean Power, Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency."

How to Apply

Each year MEA solicits facilities managers and agency energy coordinators (via e-mail) across all state agencies to fund energy efficiency projects. This solicitation is for energy efficiency projects that typically are not covered under Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) with Energy Service Companies (ESCO) although SALP has supported EPC projects in the past. If you would like to apply, please see the Expression of Interest Form below.


Additional Information

The program began by using funds from the Energy Overcharge Restitution Fund (EORF). In fiscal year 2009, an additional $800,000 was added to SALP through the proceeds of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). In 2010, American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) funds added $6.9 million to the program; substantially increasing SALP funding through Fiscal Year 2012.

For more information about ESCOs, visit the DGS​ Energy Performance Contracting page.

For more information, e-mail Christopher Russell at or call 410-537-3031.

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The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) contributes to Maryland's Smart, Green & Growing initiatives. MEA contributes funds to participating EP​Cs, and issues efficiency improvement loans through its SALP program.​​​​