City of Detroit - SmartBuildings Detroit Grant Program

June 11, 2013


Note: This program is no longer accepting applications. Check the program web site for information regarding future solicitations.

The Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of the City of Detroit is offering financial assistance to commercial, institutional, and public buildings in Detroit that install energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Grants are available for up to 25% of the cost of eligible improvements. Eligible technologies include building insulation, glazing treatments, windows, doors, weatherstripping, insulated roofs, solar panels, geothermal installations, wind, hydroelectric, thermal load reduction, HVAC, interior and exterior lighting, humidification, and low flow water/plumbing projects. Other technologies may also be eligible for funding. Application materials are available on the program web site, and a separate application must be filled out for each property. All projects must be completed by June 2, 2013.

Applicants may use funding from this grant program in combination with the SmartBuildings Detroit Green Fund. View program website for more information.

This program is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Program. The DOE has awarded over $500 million in federal funds to more than 40 states, local governments, and organizations to administer local programs targeting a variety of building types. Combined, these local programs are expected to improve the efficiency of more than 170,000 buildings through 2013 and save up to $65 million in energy costs annually.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Michigan
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: The Economic Development Corporation and The Detroit Development Fund
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Hydroelectric
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Lighting
  • Chillers
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Heat recovery
  • Steam-system upgrades
  • Caulking/Weather-stripping
  • Building Insulation
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Roofs
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Geothermal Direct-Use
  • Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Incentive Amount: 25%
Installation Requirements: After the loan is closed, the contractor(s) selected by the customer will install the improvements. SmartBuildings Loan terms will be not to exceed 7 years.


Name: SmartBuildings Detroit
Address: 500 Griswold
Detroit MI 48226
Phone: (313) 963-2940

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.