The program is designed to 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 existing data centers’ overall Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). The competitive Pilot Program is open to any commercial, state/local government, or non-profit data center located 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, components, and supporting infrastructure.
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), 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.
For more information or assistance, please contact DCEEG Pilot Program Manager Rory Spangler at 410-537-4086 or Rory.Spangler@Maryland.gov.