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 efficiency activities that can be completed between October 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020.  The maximum rebate award is $15,000 per company, 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 energy efficiency activities, such as:

  • Technical assistance services from state, federal, and utility energy assistance programs
  • Training courses / workshops focusing on energy efficiency
  • Energy efficiency program adoption or enrollment
  • 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
  • See the Michigan Energy Measures Database (MEMD) for additional potential activities

Eligibility Requirements

Any manufacturer located in Michigan with five hundred (500) 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 Michigan manufacturing facility.      

Fuel switching, renewable energy, LED focused proposals, LED projects without advanced controls, and activities involving new construction, ground breaking, new/modified environmental permits, and modification of any historical buildings are ineligible.

Funding Amount

A minimum of $150,000 in funding is expected to be available for the pilot program.  The maximum rebate award is $15,000 per company.  All rebates require a minimum 100% match. The MEO reserves the right to issue awards/award amounts reflecting program priorities.

Rebate eligible expenditures include contractual services, supplies/materials, equipment items costing less than $5,000 and other direct costs. Any equipment item cost over $5,000 can be used as match. Ineligible expenditures include salaries/wages, fringe benefits, travel, and indirect costs.  Expenditures incurred before award notification and outside the 10/01/19 - 07/31/20 time period are additionally ineligible. 

Program Priorities

  • Manufacturers with significantly less than 500 employees worldwide.
  • Manufacturers in rural or low-income communities.
  • Improvements to the onsite manufacturing process.
  • Utilizing state, federal, and utility energy assistance programs.
  • Adoption of continuous improvement programs or practices.
  • Adoption of innovative or cutting-edge technology.
  • Activities with significant environmental and economic benefits.
  • High value success stories of interest to many other manufacturers in Michigan.

Reporting Obligations

Applicants agree to:  

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


Rebate Application Posting Date: July 15, 2019
Rebate Application Deadline: Ongoing until funds committed
Start Date of Projects: October 1, 2019
End Date of Projects: July 31, 2020
Deadline for Rebate Payment Submission:  August 30, 2020





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