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SMECO - Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/13/2014
Program Overview:
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval, Vending Machine Controls, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Ice Machines, LED Lighting, Smart Power Strips, Dual Enthalpy Economizers
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Construction, State Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount: Custom: varies, contact SMECO for details
New Construction: $0.25 - $0.40/first year kWh savings
New Construction Performance Lighting: $0.40 - $0.80 per Watt
Lighting: varies from $15- $250
Unitary/Matched Split AC/Heat Pump Systems: $150- $200/ton
Geothermal Heat Pumps: $150 -$200 per ton
Refrigerators: $40 - $100
Ice Machines: $50- $250
Plug Load Equipment: $15- $80
Commercial Dishwashers: $50- $1,000
Commercial Clothes Washer: $200
Water Cooler: $100
Room AC: $25
Dehumidifier: $25
Spray Rinse Valves: $75
Maximum Incentive: Retrofit Projects: Up to 50% of the cost
New Construction and Equipment: Up to 75% of the incremental cost
New Construction Green Building: $0.25 -$0.40 per kWh saved
Technical Assistance: 50% of the cost of engineering studies capped at $20,000
Eligible System Size:See program web site
Equipment Requirements:General: see program web site for equipment-specific requirements
Installation Requirements:Pre-approval is required for all Custom and Prescriptive applications for incentives exceeding $1,000.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:SMECO holds value of energy cost savings, including all associated PJM Energy, Capacity and Reserve Projects, and environmental credits.
Web Site:
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative's (SMECO) Non-Residential Energy Efficiency Program provides technical assistance and a range of incentives to commercial, industrial, municipal and institutional customers who employ energy efficient measures in new and existing facilities. The program offers prescriptive rebates for specified energy efficiency measures, while custom incentives are offered for applications which are not covered by the prescriptive program. Its New Construction Green Building program offers financial incentives to incorporate additional energy efficiency during building design. Eligible measures include HVAC systems, lighting, building controls, vending machine controls, variable frequency drives and commercial refrigeration. Under both the prescriptive and custom programs, incentives may cover up to 50% of a project's total cost for retrofit projects or up to 75% of the incremental cost for new construction and replacement of equipments. Some rebates vary by size, efficiency and type of measure employed. Equipment must meet program guidelines listed on the web site above. Interested customers should check the web site to ensure eligibility and view program overview. 


  Energy Efficiency Rebates
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
15035 Burnt Store Road
P.O. Box 1937
Hughesville, MD 20637-1937
Phone: (866) 235-6044
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