Small Business Solutions

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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The Small Business Solutions Program offers incentives for qualifying energy-efficient equipment upgrades like lighting, refrigeration, and smart thermostat retrofit projects to all SMECO commercial customers with a monthly demand of 60 kW or less over a 12-month period. So whether you own a convenience store, serve at a place of worship, or run a small family business, you can reduce your energy costs while enhancing workplace comfort.

You'll also see a fast return on investment, thanks to financial incentives that cover up to 80 percent of retrofit project costs. Plus, you also have the ability to spread your 20 percent cost of qualifying projects over 12 monthly payments through a no-interest SMECO Small Business Advance. To learn more about Small Business Advance, download the Frequently Asked Questions.


  • Energy-efficient technologies reduce your energy use and costs.
  • Retrofits offer a quick return on your investment.
  • Energy-efficient equipment streamlines operations and can boost workplace productivity and employee comfort.

Key Features:

  • Comprehensive on-site energy analysis and recommendations to improve your overall efficiency.
  • Up to 80 percent savings on installation or project cost for most upgrades—plus some related expenses.
  • Approved contractors make upgrading easy.
  • Removal and environmentally responsible disposal of fluorescent lamps and ballasts.

Is My Business Eligible?

Look at your most recent bill and check your monthly kW demand. If your monthly demand is 60kW or less, your business likely qualifies. See an example bill

Want help to determine eligibility? E-mail or call 866-235-6044.

Start Saving:

Find an approved contractor today. See the program fact sheet for more details.

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

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EmPOWER Maryland programs are funded by a charge on your energy bill. EmPOWER programs can help you reduce your energy consumption and save you money. Learn more about EmPOWER and how you can participate.

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