Maryland Energy Administration gives organizations $566,000 to conduct microgrid feasibility analysis and planning
The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) announced $ 566,000 in awards to eight organizations that will fund feasibility analysis, planning, and design of microgrids that provide resilience and sustainability to Maryland communities, critical infrastructure, critical businesses and emergency services.
Funding for these projects comes through MEAs Resilient Maryland Program, an innovative approach to support community, campus and building scale microgrids, advanced cogeneration systems, resilience hubs and other distributed energy resources (DER) projects. Funding for this grant is made possible through the Strategic energy investment fund, which manages MEA.
“Maryland continues to lead by example by providing funding to help Maryland communities and organizations address energy resilience through the use of cleaner and renewable energy options,” said Governor Larry Hogan.
Updating the old utility network infrastructure can be costly; and one of the most practical ways is for organizations to install DERs that improve operational efficiency, generate power on site, and enable greater control over energy management. New systems often have the added benefit of adding resilience to the grid itself, improving the integrity of the state’s energy landscape. However, gaining the support of organizational decision-makers to approve these projects and raising capital to fund these solutions remains the biggest challenge in the transition from concept to actionable project. This is due to the significant costs associated with performing the necessary analysis to produce critical proof-of-concept plans.
The Resilient Maryland Program addresses this challenge by helping to cover those costs and move projects forward. Grants are provided to help organizations pay for planning outcomes, such as detailed project feasibility analyzes, preliminary engineering models and designs, financial analyzes, greenhouse gas reduction projections, and the identification and analysis of logistical and regulatory hurdles.
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The City of Frostburg will use the $ 100,000 prize to conduct feasibility analyzes, planning and design of a community microgrid for critical urban infrastructure, including public safety and potential emergency shelters, as well as water supply and wastewater systems.
The mayor and Baltimore City Council will use their $ 100,000 prize to conduct feasibility analysis, planning and design of a campus microgrid for the downtown municipal campus, consisting of 14 city buildings that provide essential city services that are at the core of government and society functionality, such as but not limited to: major emergency services, police and fire brigade.
Little Chicks will use their $ 20,000 prize to conduct feasibility analysis, planning and design of a resilient power system for the Centerville poultry farm. This project studies a system that provides a sustainable, reliable energy source that protects the farm against catastrophic loss of chickens due to a power outage.
Meritus Medical Center will use the $ 100,000 prize to conduct feasibility, planning and design of a campus microgrid for the hospital and its associated medical campus in Hagerstown. The 277-bed hospital, one of the largest caregivers in western Maryland, employs 300 physicians and employs more than 3,000 employees.
News release from the Maryland Energy Administration