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FY19 Commercial & Industrial Grant Program


The Maryland Energy Administration (“MEA”) is providing the FY19 Commercial & Industrial Grant Program (“C&I Program,” “the Program”) to support improving the energy efficiency and reducing the energy costs of enterprises in Maryland’s commercial and industrial sector. Up to $1.2 million is available in funding.

Applications are due by 11:59 P.M. on Monday, December 17, 2018. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Information on eligible entities, eligible energy upgrades, due dates, and how to apply are provided in the following sections.


CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ELECTRONIC APPLICATION​


Alternatively, please contact MEA at ci.mea@maryland.gov to request a copy of the paper application form.

Program Overview

 

What is this program - Commercial and Industrial

The FY19 C&I Program provides grant incentives to Maryland commercial entities that seek to improve the energy efficiency of their existing structures, or install energy efficient technologies that exceed code-minimum standards in to-be-constructed facilities. The C&I Program provides grant awards to commercial, industrial, and nonprofit enterprises in Maryland’s commercial and industrial sector to assist with energy efficiency projects that will reduce their electricity consumption by at least 15%.

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 FY19 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 C&I 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 FY19 C&I Program can be found in the FY19 CI Program - Notice of Availability PDF.pdfFY19 Notice of Availability.


Eligible Entities

 

The FY19 C&I Program is open to the following entities:

  • Commercial Businesses, expect as described in the section entitled “Ineligible Entities” below
  • Manufacturers & Other Industrial Entities
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  •  Private Schools (Pre-K, K - 12)
  • Community and Privately-owned Colleges and Universities

NOTE: Agricultural entities are welcome to apply to the C&I Program, but may first wish to explore the Kathleen A.P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program. Please note, however, that MEA will not provide grant funding for the same energy conservation measure through two different grant programs. 

Ineligible Entities:

  • Data Centers (MEA provides energy efficiency incentives for data centers through its Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program)
  • Public Schools (Public schools are eligible to apply for low-interest loans for energy efficiency projects through MEA’s Jane E. Lawton Conservation Loan Program)
  • Local Governments (Local government entities can participate in MEA’s Maryland Smart Energy Communities program)
  • A contractor designing and/or performing the energy efficiency project installations may not apply for a grant to be installed on a client’s facility

 

The FY19 C&I Program is available for projects that reduce electricity consumption of existing facilities, or dedicated spaces within facilities, through energy efficiency.  In new construction, it can also be used to help fund the incremental costs of installing electricity-using equipment that exceeds minimal energy code requirements.

NOTE: A dedicated space is a partitioned space within an overall facility with a clearly distinguished purpose from the rest of the facility. If not separately metered for electricity, the Applicant organization must be able to derive and document consumption of the dedicated space from the overall energy charges.​

Incentive Amounts

 

C&I 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 15%​. 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 15%. 

​Award amounts will be calculated at rates based upon three (3) tiers of electricity savings:


    Total Eligible projects must add up to at least $20,000 before the deduction of leveraged funds (rebates, incentives, etc.). Award amounts will be calculated at rates based upon three (3) tiers of electricity savings, within the confines of the available budget:

    Existing Facilities

    • Tier 1 – Corresponds to 15% - 20% reduction in overall electricity usage.Incentive Level: Up to 30% of net total project cost (after the deduction of incentives, rebates, and other leveraged funds), or $150,000, whichever is lower;
    • Tier 2 – Corresponds to 20.1% - 25% reduction in overall electricity usage.  Incentive Level: Up to 40% of net total project cost (after the deduction of incentives, rebates, and other leveraged funds), or $175,000, whichever is lower; or,
    • Tier 3 – Corresponds to 25.1%+ reduction in overall electricity usage. Incentive Level: Up to 50% of net total project cost (after the deduction of incentives, rebates, and other leveraged funds), or $200,000, whichever is lower.

     

    To-Be-Constructed Facilities

    • Tier 1 – Corresponds to 15% - 20% reduction in overall electricity usage.  Incentive Level: Up to 30% of 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 $150,000, whichever is lower
    • Tier 2 – Corresponds to 20.1% - 25% reduction in overall electricity usage. Incentive Level: Up to 40% of 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 $175,000, whichever is lower
    • Tier 3 – Corresponds to 25.1%+ reduction in overall electricity usage.    Incentive Level: Up to 50% of 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

    ​​Example:

    Projected Percent Reduction in Electricity Usage: 23% (Tier 2 – Up to 50% of Net Total Project Cost)

    Total Project Cost: $232,000

    Leveraged Funds: $60,000·         

    MEA Grant: $172,000 x 40% = Up to $68,800​

    Net Total Project Cost: $172,000


     
    Additional information on how to calculate incentive amounts is provided in the FY19 C&I Application Instructions document in the section entitled “How to Apply”. Please note that 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 C&I Program, Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The Applicant organization must be a Maryland commercial, industrial, or nonprofit enterprise.
  • The Applicant organization must be in good standing with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (“SDAT”).
  • The proposed energy efficiency project must reduce electricity consumption of an entire building or treated space within a building by at least 15%.
  • Projects eligible for grant consideration must be cost-effective. The aggregate total simple payback of the entire project before the deduction of all available rebates, incentives, grants, and other sources of leveraged funding must not exceed 10 years.
  • The building(s) or treated space(s) that the Applicant organization proposes to upgrade must be located within the State of Maryland.
  • The proposed project must include at least two (2) energy efficiency measures. Lighting and controls will be considered one measure under the FY19 C&I Program.
    • 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.
  • The proposed project must cost at least $20,000 before the deduction of leveraged funds (incentives, rebates, etc.).
  • Applicant organizations whose projects propose upgrades to buildings or treated spaces within buildings that are located in one of Maryland’s five EmPOWER utility service territories must apply to the EmPOWER Incentive programs offered to commercial and industrial entities by their respective utility providers.
    • Project sites that are located outside of these service territories may still qualify for funding consideration under the C&I Program.

How To Apply

 

Applicants should first review the Notice of Availability PDF (in the section entitled “Program Overview” above), and the Application Instructions document.

Applicants are encouraged to utilize MEA’s online Application portal at the link below to complete and submit their FY19 C&I Applications:

 CLIC​K HERE TO APPLY ONLINE 


Alternatively, Applicants may request a copy of a paper Application form from MEA by sending an email to
ci.mea@maryland.gov or calling MEA at (410) 537-4000.

You must submit a complete application by 11:59 P.M. on December 17, 2018.

This online application portal will guide you through the application process. Please ensure that all requested information is provided and that all necessary supporting documentation is uploaded. 


Energy Consumption Baseline Summary Spreadsheets

Once all required documents have been completed and all required application attachments have been acquired, submit the entire application package by 11:59 P.M. on Monday, December 17, 2018.

Applicants may alternatively submit their applications via mail or hand-deliver them to MEA by 5:00 P.M. on Monday December 17, 2018, but they are strongly encouraged to submit them electronically. If mailing or hand-delivering, applications should be sent to MEA at the following address:

Maryland Energy Administration
Attn: C&I Grant Program – Application
1800 Washington Blvd. Suite 755
Baltimore, MD 21230

Program Timeline

 

Program Timeline

  • August 2018: FY18 C&I Program opens for applications
  • December 17, 2018: Applications are due to MEA by 11:59 P.M.
  • January 2019: Grant decisions are announced
  • February 2019: Grant Agreements are executed (Grantees may commence work)
  •      18 Months from Grant Agreement Execution: Projects must be completed and all final reports must be submitted to MEA.​


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