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State Agency Loan Program

State Government
Savings Category 
Solar Water Heat
Program Info
Funding Source 

Oil Overcharge Restitution Trust funds, RGGI, ARRA

Program Type 
State Loan Program
Rebate Amount 

Varies, typical loans from $50,000 - $250,000

Maryland Energy Administration

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 $15 million over the life of the improvements. It also reports that since 2007, it is has issued loans totaling $10.5 million with projected energy cost savings of over $32 million.

Most 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 2012 the total program budget was $2.5 million.

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."