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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)

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02/01/18 11:59 PM EST


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Grants starting at $20,000 to Maryland nonprofits, government agencies, and commercial or industrial organizations to implement energy-efficient technology in data centers throughout the state. Consideration will be given to both new construction or existing data centers. In-house, embedded, and stand-alone data centers are eligible.

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is pleased to announce the launch of the FY 18 Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program (DCEEG or Program). The program is designed t​o support the robust and growing information technology sector within Maryland by providing grants on a competitive basis to encourage the implementation of cost-effective energy efficiency measures in Maryland data centers. Successful projects must result in the reduction of energy usage within a data center through cost-effective energy efficiency measures.​

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 nonprofit data center located or being constructed within the State of Maryland with an overall data floor facility size of at least 2,000 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.

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.

At a minimum, each proposed project must:
-Be located in Maryland;
-Be located in a data center with a data floor facility size of at least 2,000 square feet;
-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;
-Be undertaken by a commercial, industrial, public, or nonprofit entity,

Applicants can enhance the competitiveness of their applications by implementing two or more energy efficiency measures.

Measures 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
-Building Insulation and envelope improvements

Additionally, the Maryland Energy Administration showcases selected projects to demonstrate how MEA energy programs are benefiting Maryland residents and businesses. If selected for award, please note that the MEA grant agreement will contain participation requirements for project showcasing

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177539

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards are expected to range from $20,000 to $200,000 per eligible project, subject to funding availability.

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants will demonstrate that the project can be completed by December 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are any existing or new construction commercial, industrial, state/local government or nonprofit 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.

Pre-Application Information:

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.

First-Round applications will be reviewed competitively and MEA will accept applications until 11:59 PM EST, November 2, 2017.

Second-Round applications are due 11:59 PM EST, February 1, 2018.

To be considered for grant award, an application must be complete, accurate, and signed by the business owner or authorized representative of the business owner. In addition, the Applicant must be in good standing in the State of Maryland. For Certificate of Status information please see the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation webpage:

-August 2017 - February 2018: The program is open for applications
-November 2, 2017: First-Round Applications are due
-December 30, 2017: First-Round Award notification announcements are expected
-January 2018: Target timing for first-round Grant Agreements to be executed (Grantees may only commence work after a Grant Agreement has been fully executed with MEA)
-February 1, 2018: Second-Round Applications are due
-March 2018: Second-Round Award notification announcements are expected
-April 2018: Target timing for second round 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 December 2019: Implementation of energy efficiency measures
-December 30, 2019: Deadline for all energy measures to be installed
-January 15, 2020: 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.

Complete the electronic application:

Or, submit the paper form here:

Rory Spangler, DCEEG Pilot Program Manager

Maryland Energy Administration
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21230

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland