Small Manufacturers Energy Waste Reduction Incentive Pilot (SMEWRIP)

The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) is offering rebates to small manufacturers located in Michigan to implement energy waste reduction (EWR) activities that can be completed by July 31, 2019.  The maximum rebate award is $15,000 per manufacturing facility, with a minimum 100% match requirement. 

Awards will be given on a first come first serve basis with the objective of funding a highly diversified range of EWR activities, such as

  • Training courses / workshops focusing on energy efficiency
  • Energy tracking / benchmarking systems
  • Steam trap repairs
  • Boiler, chiller, furnace, etc. tune-ups
  • Infrared thermal imaging diagnostics
  • Ultrasonic leak detection diagnostics
  • ASHRAE Level II Energy Audits
  • Insulation
  • Advanced lighting, motor and HVAC controls
  • Variable frequency drives
  • EnergyStar Qualified windows and doors

Eligibility Requirements

Any manufacturer located in Michigan with fifty (50) or fewer employees worldwide is eligible to apply.  Applicant must be in good standing with the State of Michigan.  Proposed activities must lead to onsite energy savings at the manufacturing facility.      

Fuel switching, renewable energy and activities involving new construction, ground breaking, new/modified environmental permits, and modification of any historical buildings are ineligible. LED lights without advanced control systems are additionally ineligible.

Funding Amount

A total of $75,000 in funding is expected to be available for the pilot program.  The maximum rebate award is $15,000 per manufacturing facility.  All rebates require a minimum 100% match.   

Rebate eligible expenditures include contractual services, supplies/materials, equipment items costing less than $5,000 and other direct costs.  Ineligible expenditures include salaries/wages, fringe benefits, travel, indirect costs and any equipment item costing over $5,000.  Expenditures incurred before award notification and after July 31, 2019 are additionally ineligible. 

Reporting Obligations

Applicants agrees to:  

  • Monthly progress updates by phone with program manager as needed.
  • Report EWR impacts addressing potential energy and cost savings.
  • Provide documentation of rebate eligible expenditures (i.e. invoices and payments). 
  • Submit rebate payment request within 30 days of completing the EWR activity.
  • One-year follow-up survey on continued impacts of implemented EWR activity.


Rebate Posting Date: October 29, 2018
Rebate Application Open Date: October 29, 2018
Rebate Application Deadline: Ongoing until funds committed
Information Updated:  April 1, 2019
Deadline for Rebate Payment Submission:  August 30, 2019





Rebate Application – Click here to apply

Answers to questions will be posted to this website periodically. All questions regarding this solicitation should be directed to David Herb at