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Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program (DCEEG)

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits, For-Profits, and
Agencies to Reduce Energy Use in Data Centers

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Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)

Deadline Date:

01/10/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants starting at $20,000 to Maryland nonprofit organizations, local and state government agencies, and commercial and industrial organizations to implement energy-efficient technology in data centers across the State. Funding is intended to support cost-effective and innovative measures that reduce energy consumption in both newly constructed and existing stand-alone, in-house, and embedded data centers.

Projects must:

  •  Be able to identify and monitor data facility Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)
  •  Be cost effective, which means that the project’s lifetime net energy benefits are at least equal to the cost of the project
  •  Reduce the facility's aggregate annual energy consumption for the whole building or treated data center space within a building by at least 10%

Projects must consist of two or more measures. Measure may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  •  Server Virtualization
  •  Air Flow Optimization
  •  Server decommissioning and consolidation
  •  Aisle Containment
  •  Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades
  •  Motors and variable frequency drives (VFDs)
  •  Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) upgrades
  •  Building Management Software and Energy Analytics
  •  Lighting
  •  Sensors
  •  Building Insulation and envelope improvements

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 projects that implement an innovative element may be given preference during the award process. MEA also reserves the right to select applications that allow for a broad diversity in the project portfolio including, but not limited to, geographical diversity.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177539

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will range from $20,000 to $200,000 per eligible project.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by July 2021; they must consist of at least two (2) or more measures that can be fully installed by July 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any existing or new construction commercial, industrial, state/local government or non-profit data center* located within the State of Maryland with an overall data floor facility size at least 2,000 square feet. Stand-alone, in-house, and embedded data centers are eligible.

*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.

Prior to the start of construction, selected projects must be reviewed to ensure that no historic property will be adversely impacted. Projects that are found to adversely impact historic properties are not eligible for this Program.

Projects that reduce electricity use solely by switching fuels are not eligible for funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

MEA will provide an informational webinar that will cover details on the program, application process, and evaluation criteria. If you or your organization would like to participate in the Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Pilot Program Webinar, please RSVP to​ with your name, organization, and contact information.

The data and time of the webinar will be scheduled and posted to the DCEEG website.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by: ​​11:59 PM EST, January 10, 2020.


- July 2019 - January 2020: The program is open for applications
- January 10, 2020: Applications are due
- March 6, 2020: Award notification announcements are expected
- May 2020: Target timing for Grant Agreements to be executed (Grantees may only commence work after a Grant - Agreement has been fully executed with MEA)
- Upon execution of grant award through July 2021: Implementation of energy efficiency measures
- July 30, 2021: Deadline for all energy measures to be installed
- August 30, 2021: Final invoices are due to MEA​​​​

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For more information or assistance, please contact DCEEG Program Manager David Giusti at 410-537-4072 or

Maryland Energy Administration
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 755
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 537-4000 | 1-800-72-ENERGY

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