Frederick County Offers Grants For Businesses To Retrofit Their Facilities

They can apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.

Frederick, Md. (KM) – Businesses which want to retrofit their facilities to make them more energy efficient, but feel it costs too much can get some financial assistance. Frederick County is offering grants to help pay for most if not all of the costs.

Potomac Edison has two programs to help companies upgrade their lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. They are called the Small Business Direct Install, and Building Tune-up. . Andrew McCornack, who manages these programs for the utility, says Potomac Edison does provide financial assistance, but the customers must come up with a co-pay. “What’s really exciting about this opportunity is Frederick County is coming in and offering grant money to further buy down the cost of these projects. It puts more money on the table, and makes it easier for the customers to move forward with these kinds of upgrades,”: he says.

Dawn Ashbacher, Climate and Energy Manager for Frederick County, says these  grants could  help bring down the costs. “They could go down and in some cases, there may be no cost to the customer to do this,” she says.

Grants range from up to $5,000 for lighting project, and up to $10,000 for projects which are a bit more complicated.

Anyone who is interested can call 1-800-880-3808 for more information. These grants are open to businesses of all size in Frederick County

McCornack says any actual work, such as lighting, HVAC and refrigeration is done by contractors.

By Kevin McManus