Data cen­ter ef­fi­ciency grants avail­able

Awards will range from $20K to $200K per project

Maryland Independent - - Business -

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.

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