MEA- Data Center Energy Efficiency Grant Program

August 22, 2017


Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) provides grants to innovative energy efficiency solutions that 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.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Maryland Energy Administration (MEA)
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Building Insulation
  • Data Center Equipment
  • HVAC
Incentive Amount: Up to 50% of the project cost
Maximum Incentive: $200,000 (subject to funding availability)


Name: Rory Spangler
Organization: Maryland Energy Administration
Address: 1800 Washington Blvd, Suite 755
Baltimore MD 21230
Phone: (410) 537-4086

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.