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Business Solutions for 2021

As of December 15, 2020, SMECO’s EmPOWER Maryland Programs are awaiting renewal by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). Until funding is approved for 2021, no applications submitted after December 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. will be processed. All applications received after this date will be held for processing until after the PSC approves funding.

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SMECO is offering incentives and technical assistance to help non-residential customers identify and offset the upfront costs for energy-efficiency improvements in existing facilities as well as high-efficiency opportunities available at the time of new equipment purchases, facility modernization and new construction projects.

Beginning April 1, 2018, all incentive payments for Business Solutions program participants will be made electronically or via bill credit.

Ready to apply? Review the Application Center Instructions and access the Application Center to submit your application.


  • Incentives are available to non-residential, commercial or industrial customers within the SMECO service territory.
  • Incentives are available on a first come, first served basis
  • All equipment must be new. Used or rebuilt equipment is not eligible for incentives. Existing equipment must be removed and not reinstalled within the SMECO service territory.

Pre-approval requirements:

  • Pre-approval from SMECO is required for all custom applications and all prescriptive applications. Prior to purchasing and installing any equipment, a completed application form and appropriate manufacturer data sheets must be submitted for review. After the application has been pre-approved, the applicant will be notified in writing and assigned a project identification number along with any specific instructions. The applicant may then purchase and install the pre-approved equipment.

Application process:

  1. Complete the appropriate application via the Application Center or via the PDF application forms for Technical Services or New Construction Green Building projects. Upload all required documentation such as equipment specification sheets, equipment inventory sheets, building plans and invoices.
  2. Completed applications will be reviewed in the order received. Applicants who submit incomplete applications will be notified of missing information. SMECO may require a pre-installation inspection.
  3. Purchase and install the pre-approved equipment according to the eligibility terms and conditions set forth in the application. Notify SMECO immediately of any changes to the scope of work, as this may necessitate additional pre-approval.
  4. After installing the pre-approved equipment, upload supporting documentation, including paid invoices, to the project files in the Application Center or the address on the form (for technical services, new construction green building and multifamily projects). SMECO may require a post-installation inspection to verify compliance with program terms and conditions and to verify the accuracy of project documentation and equipment operation.
  5. Upon review and approval of the application, SMECO will authorize payment. Beginning April 1, 2018, all incentive payments for Business Solutions program participants will be made electronically or via bill credit. 

Applying for Technical Services?

SMECO can help you identify and evaluate energy-saving opportunities for your unique or more complex building systems.

  • Contact a SMECO Business Solutions representative at 866-235-6044 or by e-mail to determine your project’s eligibility.

Interested in becoming a listed Service Provider?

If your organization provides services related to lighting, motors, HVAC systems, commercial refrigeration, variable frequency drives, process equipment, or other energy-efficient systems, SMECO offers you an opportunity to be listed as a Service Provider on the SMECO Web site. To be considered for the Service Provider listing:

  • Attend program training
  • Complete the online Service Provider application.

The SMECO team will review all applications. Upon acceptance, your company name and contact information will be posted in the Business Solutions Service Providers Directory.

For additional assistance, contact SMECO today!

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By phone: 1-866-235-6044

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