Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program

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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, December 18, 2020.

Applications are due by:
​​11:59 PM EST, December 18, 2020

Program Description

 



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 Availbility_DCEEG.pdfNotice of Availability

Project Requirements

 

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 1,000 square feet;
  • Be able to identify and monitor data facility Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)
    • In addition, the applicant must submit a PUE report or estimate;
  • Submit an energy analysis or energy savings calculations;
  • Submit utility bills or sub-meter data for the proposed project facility;
  • 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%;
  • Be undertaken by a commercial, industrial, public, or state/local government, or non-profit entity; and,
  • Consist of at least one (1) or more measures that can be fully installed by December 2022.

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.

  • Cost-effectiveness in combination with energy savings. Projects shall have a simple payback period less than the average useful life of installed measures. MEA may evaluate cost-effectiveness per measure and in aggregate.
  • ​Project feasibility: Successful applicants will demonstrate that the project can be completed by December 2022.
  • Energy savings: Applicants must demonstrate the project will reduce the facility's aggregate annual energy consumption for the whole building or treated data center space within a building by at least 10%.
  • Completeness, accuracy, and reasonableness of energy savings and cost estimates. All cost estimates and electricity savings projects are subject to review and approval by MEA.
  • Completeness of application including the submission of all required attachments and supplemental documentation
  • Diversity of energy energy efficiency measures. Projects must consist of two or more 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
    • 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 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.pdfFrequently Asked Questions

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Program Timeline

 


  • September 2020 - December 2020: The program is open for applications
  • December 18, 2020: Applications are due
  • April 2021: Award notification announcements are expected
  • May 2021: 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
  • December 2022: Deadline for all energy measures to be installed
  • January 2023: Final invoices are due to MEA​​​​

How to Apply

 

 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.xlsxFY21 Data Center Program Application

Step 3: Gather all required attachments for the application

Step 4: Submit the application to david.giusti1@maryland.gov or datacenters.mea@maryland.gov


Program Information Document

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Contact

For more information or assistance, please contact DCEEG Program Manager David Giusti at 410-537-4072 or David.Giusti1@maryland.gov​

Additional Funding Opportunity
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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