State Agency Loan Program (Maryland)

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Last modified on December 17, 2014.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Maryland

Name State Agency Loan Program
Incentive Type State Loan Program
Applicable Sector State Government
Eligible Technologies Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers, Boilers, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Custom/Others pending approval, Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Solar Pool Heating, Daylighting
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Varies, typical loans from 50,000 - 250,000

Funding Source Oil Overcharge Restitution Trust funds, RGGI, ARRA

Program Budget FY 2014: $1.7 million

Terms 0% interest; 1% administrative fee
Program Administrator Maryland Energy Administration

References DSIREDatabase of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


The State Agency Loan Program (SALP) was established in 1991 using funds from the Energy Overcharge Restitution Fund. Through this revolving loan program, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) provides loans to state agencies for cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in state facilities. Typical loan amounts range from $50,000 to $250,000. State agencies pay zero interest with a one percent administration fee. Their repayments are made from the agency's fuel and utility budget, based on the avoided energy costs of the project. Repayments replenish the fund so that it can continue to make additional loans each year. During 2011 alone the MEA reports making $6.5 million in loans which are expected to result in energy cost savings of over $13 million over the life of the improvements. It also reports that since 2007, it is has issued loans totaling $16.2 million with projected energy cost savings of over $2 million.

Just over half of all SALP loans are directed to Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) that the Maryland Department of General Services coordinates with the State’s agencies. These EPCs are typically large scale projects that are designed to reduce energy costs and consumption. Each year from October to November, the MEA solicits interest from facilities managers and energy coordinators in state agencies for energy efficiency projects to be funded the next fiscal year (which begins July 1). The annual solicitation is for energy efficiency projects that typically are not covered in Energy Performance Contracts (i.e., smaller projects for which the EPC process is not appropriate).

The program was capitalized between 1991 and 1996 with approximately $3 million in Oil Overcharge Restitution Trust funds. An additional $800,000 was added to the fund in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 from the proceeds of carbon emission allowance auctions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and further funding of $6.9 million was added by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2010. In the past, approximately $1 million in new loans have been awarded each fiscal year, though as noted above, in recent years additional funding has permitted the program to expand. During FY 2014 the total program budget was $1.7 million.

The SALP provides a financing mechanism useful to agencies in meeting the requirements of Executive Order 01.01.2001.02 "Sustaining Maryland's Future with Clean Power, Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency."

Incentive Contact

Contact Name David St. Jean
Department Maryland Energy Administration
Address 60 West Street, Suite 300
Place Annapolis, Maryland
Zip/Postal Code 21401
Phone (410) 260-7182


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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