Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program

dceegimg.jpgThe 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.​

Applications will be reviewed competitively and MEA will accept applications until 11:59 PM EST, November 2, 2017. In the event that funds remain available after the first round, the program will remain open for a second round of applications until 11:59 PM EST, February 1, 2018.

Second Round Applications are due by:
​​11:59 PM EST, FEBRUARY 1, 2018

Click here to complete​ the electronic application.


Click here to submit the Paper application form.
(DCEEG_Application.docxDCEEG Application)


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 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.

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 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 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 non-profit entity; and,
  • Consist of measures that can be fully installed by December 30, 2019.

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
  • Lighting
  • Sensors
  • Building Insulation and envelope improvements

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.

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

For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions​.


Program Timeline


  • 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



How to Apply


First Round Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST, November 2, 2017.

Second Round Applications are due by 11:59 PM EST, February 1, 2018.

Applications should be submitted electronically.

Click here to complete the electronic application.


Click here to submit the Paper application form.
DCEEG_Application1.docxDownload Application: DCEEG_Application.docx)

I​mportant: If a contractor is filling out the application on behalf of the authorized applicant, please download, print, sign, and upload the below Signature Page. The Authorized signature page must be signed by both the contractor and the Authorized Applicant.

Authorized Signature Page: Download

Upon request, paper applications are available.

If you encounter issues with the electronic applications, please contact or 443-694-8007.

Program Information Documents



MEA will provide an informational webinar on  Thursday, September 28th at1:30pm EST 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 ProgramWebinar, please RSVP online at​​

Existing Grantee Reporting Documents



For more information or assistance, please contact DCEEG Pilot Program Manager Rory Spangler at 443-694-8007 or
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