Data center efficiency grants available
Awards will range from $20K to $200K per project
The Maryland Energy Administration has launched a pilot program for data center energy efficiency grants to help reduce energy consumption.
The program is designed to support the growing information technology sector within Maryland by providing grants on a competitive basis to encourage energy efficiency technologies at data centers.
“This program fully supports Maryland’s ‘Open For Business’ mission by recognizing and investing in the information technology sector,” Mary Beth Tung, director of MEA, said in a news release. “Data centers are modern economic drivers and are creating high-paying jobs. However, data centers are also major energy users.”
Successful projects must result in the reduction of energy usage through cost-effective measures.
The competitive grants are open to any commercial or state/ local government data center located within the state with an overall facility size of at least 2,000 square feet. Grant awards will range from $20,000 to $200,000 per eligible project, subject to funding availability.
The grants are designed to cover up to 50 percent of the cost for energy efficiency solutions.
Eligible efficiency measures include server virtualization, air flow optimization, aisle containment, lighting, controls, uninterruptible power supplies, motors and variable frequency drives, heating ventilation and air conditioning upgrades, and building insulation and envelope improvements.
A webinar covering details of the program, application process and evaluation criteria is being planned. To participate, email datacenters. mea@mar yland.gov with contact information.
Grant applications are due to MEA by 11:59 pm, Jan. 27. For applications and more information, go to energy. maryland.gov/business/Pages/incentives/ DCEEG.aspx.