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FY21 Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural Grant Program


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FY21 Grant Program Open

MEA is providing the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural (CI&A) grant program to support improving the energy efficiency and reducing the energy costs of enterprises in Maryland’s commercial, industrial, and agricultural sector. The FY21 program will be divided into three separate application periods to best support energy efficiency projects for agriculture, manufacturing, and businesses that may be in varying planning stages or at various stages of readiness due to COVID-19. 

Up to $1.65 million is available for award from in the FY21 CI&A Program , subject to availability. The Program budget will be divided between three application windows, as follows. If MEA does not award the full application period budget, any remaining funds will be added to the remaining application period’s budget.

  • $550,000 available for applications received in application period 1 from July 10 – September 10, 2020. Applications are due by 11:59 P.M. on September 10th. Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis by an evaluation team. Award announcements will be made as applications are competitively selected for award.

  • $550,000 available for applications received in application period 2 from September 11 –November 11, 2020. Applications are due by 11:59 P.M. on November 11th. Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis by an evaluation team. Award announcements will be made as applications are competitively selected for award.

  • $550,000 available for applications received in application period 3 from November 12 –January 12, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis by an evaluation team. Award announcements will be made as applications are competitively selected for award.


Check out the Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan Program​​ for an additional funding opportunity.


Program Overview

 

What is this program - Commercial and Industrial

The FY21 CI&A Program provides grant incentives to Maryland commercial and agricultural entities that seek to improve the energy efficiency of their existing structures, or install energy efficient technologies that exceed code-minimum sta​ndards in to-be-constructed facilities. The CI&A Program provides grant awards to commercial, industrial, agricultural, and nonprofit enterprises in Maryland’s commercial and industrial sector to assist with energy efficiency projects that will reduce their energy consumption by at least 18%.

Examples of possible energy efficiency measures include but are not limited to the following:

    • Building insulation and envelope improvements

    • Lighting and Controls*

    • Motors and variable frequency drives (VFDs)

    • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades

    • Refrigeration

    • Retro-commissioning or recommissioning

    • Energy data analytics and operational changes to improve energy efficiency


    * Lighting paired with controls will be considered one measure under the FY21 C&I Program. ​MEA cannot provide funding for incandescent, fluorescent (CFL, T5, T8, etc.), or halogen lighting.​

    Renewable energy measures are not eligible for funding under the CI&A Program. Applicants may, however, be eligible for a Commercial Clean Energy Grant through MEA’s Clean Energy Grant Program for any renewable measures planned as part of the project.

    More detailed information on the FY21 CI&A Program can be found in the FY21 Notice of Funding Availability PDF.pdfFY21 Notice of Funding Availability 


Eligible Entities

 

The FY21 CI&A Program is open to the following entities:

  • Businesses (registered corporations, LLPs, LLCs, GPs, etc.)

  • Manufacturers & Other Industrial Entities

  • Farms and Businesses in the Agricultural Sector

  • Nonprofit Organizations

  • Private Schools (Pre-K, K - 12)

  • Privately-owned Colleges and Universities​


Contractors may not apply on behalf of clients. To be considered for a grant award, an application must be complete, accurate, and signed by the business owner or an authorized principal, officer, or other authorized employee representative of the business that will receive the upgrades owner. MEA will not consider an application submitted by a Contractor on behalf of a client. MEA may require additional documentation from the individual submitting the application for representatives who are not an owner, officer or senior employee of the business that will receive the upgrades.​

​Ineligible Entities:

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Incentive Amounts

 

The CI&A Program grants are available for energy efficiency improvement projects to existing facilities and for facilities to-be-constructed that will employ above code-minimum energy efficiency measures.​ Eligible projects must cost at least $20,000 before the deduction of leveraged funds (rebates, incentives, etc.). Projects at existing facilities must reduce energy consumption from the facility’s baseline consumption—that is, the most recent twelve (12) months of energy consumption data (utility bills, gas bills, etc.), by at least 18%​. Projects that will be implemented in to-be-constructed facilities must prevent would-be consumption from a projected twelve (12) month energy consumption baseline, assuming the installation of standard, code-minimum measures, by at least 18%. 

​Based upon the type of project, where “project” refers to the eligible energy efficiency measures for which an application has been submitted to the FY21 CI&A Program and selected for an award, incentive amounts will be calculated as follows:

  • Existing Facilities: Up to 50% of the Net Project Cost (defined as Total Cost minus all other incentives, rebates, and leveraged funds), or $200,000, whichever is lower. If a project is making improvements at multiple facilities, the TOTAL award for all facilities under the CI&A program cannot exceed $200,000.

  • To-be-constructed Facilities: Up to 50% of the Net Project Incremental Cost (defined as Total Cost minus all other incentives, rebates, and leveraged funds AND the cost of energy code-minimum technology, equipment, or building materials/envelope measures), or $200,000, whichever is lower. If a project consists of multiple facilities, the TOTAL award for all facilities under the CI&A program cannot exceed $200,000.

 

MEA may request additional backup documentation further justifying stated project costs and/or alternative bids if the provided bids are deemed unreasonably high by the Evaluation Team.

Eligibility Requirements

 

In order to qualify for consideration under the CI&A Program, Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • ​The Applicant organization must be a Maryland commercial, industrial, agricultural/ or nonprofit enterprise;

  • The Applicant organization must be in good standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (“SDAT”);

  • Be located in an existing facility or to-be-constructed facility within the State of Maryland which is owned or leased by the Applicant organization;

  • Reduce total facility energy (electricity and non-electric (thermal) energy) consumption by at least 18% of its baseline consumption on a MMBTU/year basis or (or projected consumption for to-be-constructed facilities). If a project proposes only electricity measures, the 18% requirement applies only to its electricity baseline with kWh savings. If it employs thermal-only measures, the 18% requirement applies only to its thermal baseline. If it employs both types of measures, the combination of saved energy must achieve 18% in MMBTU savings from its combined electricity and thermal baselines;

  • Must be cost-effective—where cost-effectiveness is defined as an overall aggregate simple payback of the energy efficiency measures before the application of rebates, incentives, and other leveraged funds of up to twenty (20) years, depending on the type of energy measures being proposed. All measures must have a payback shorter than the expected lifetime of the installed equipment. MEA reserves the right to determine acceptable payback periods;

  • Be composed of at least two (2) significant energy conservation measures (“ECMs”) that replace or improve existing equipment, technology, or building envelope/materials (or, for to-be-constructed facilities, prevent the installation of code-minimum technology, equipment, or building envelope/materials).  MEA reserves the sole right to determine whether or not an ECM is significant

    • Specifications for individual ECMs must exceed minimum energy code requirements.  As of March 25, 2019, the State of Maryland has adopted the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

    • Measures that aim to reduce electricity consumption by solely switching to another fuel source are not eligible for grant funding

    • Renewable energy measures are not eligible for grant funding

  • ​​Have a total cost, before the application of rebates, incentives, and other leveraged funds, of at least $20,000;

  • If located within one of Maryland’s five major utility service territories (BGE, PEPCO, Potomac-Edison, Delmarva Power & Light, SMECO) that offer EmPOWER utility rebates for energy efficiency measures, Applicants must either apply for eligible measures within their projects or submit formal intent to MEA to apply.

How to Apply

 

MEA is encouraging the use of electronic applications to streamline  processing and reduce environmental impacts.  If you cannot apply electronically, please contact us and we will work with you on an alternative method to submit an application.     

Applicants should first review the Notice of Funding Availability.pdfNotice of Funding Availability.pdf (in the section entitled “Program Overview” above).

You can find the FY21 Application Form & Utility Baseline Spreadsheet here:

FY21 CIA Application.docxFY21 CI&A Application

Energy Consumption Baseline Summary.xlsxEnergy Consumption Baseline Summary.xlsx


Program Timeline

 

Program Timeline

The FY21 CI&A Program will be split into three consecutive competitive Application Periods. Open and close dates are as follows:

  • Application Period 1: July 10 – September 10, 2020.  Applications are due by 11:59 P.M. on September 10th.  Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis by an Evaluation Team. Award announcements will be made as applications are competitively selected for award.

  • Application Period 2:  September 11 – November 11, 2020.  Applications are due by 11:59 P.M. on November 11th.  Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis by an Evaluation Team. Award announcements will be made as applications are competitively selected for award.

  • Application Period 3:  November 12 – January 12, 2021.  Applications are due by 11:59 P.M. on January 12th.  Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis by an Evaluation Team. Award announcements will be made as applications are competitively selected for award.​

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