Save 35 percent or more on energy costs by replacing older T12 linear fluorescent bulbs with T8s or T5s.

ENERGY STAR®-qualified cooking equipment uses 10 to 50 percent less energy than conventional models.

ENERGY STAR® LED exit signs can save up to 80 percent in energy costs. They also last up to 25 years compared to just one year for an incandescent bulb.

We work with more than 100 program allies who provide service to Potomac Edison’s Maryland customers who can help you plan and implement energy-efficient projects. For Program Allies near you, search our directory.

Application Questions

Pre-approval Questions

General Program Questions


I am having difficulty filling out the Lighting For Business Form. Where can I go for help?

We encourage you to contact a program representative at 855-827-2222 who can guide you through the application process. You can also e-mail us at energysaveMD@sodexo.com.
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Does the equipment need to be paid in full by a specific date?

The project does not need to be paid in full by any specific date, but a dated invoice that was issued after pre-approval is required.
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If my application is incomplete, will I still be in the queue? Will my place in line be held while I get my paperwork together?

If a participant receives an application acknowledgement, their place in the queue will be saved. However, if a participant does not respond within ten business days to requests for additional information, their application may be voided or moved to the back of the processing queue.
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Can I send my application to a specific program representative, rather than through the website, fax or email?

No, applications cannot be submitted to an individual program representative. We encourage participants to apply online to ensure faster processing. You also can send all forms and documentation via fax to 330-470-3110 or e-mail to energysaveMD@sodexo.com.
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How do I submit an application if my project is anticipated to take many months (or multiple phases) to complete?

For large, multi-phase projects, you can submit an application for each phase of the project. All incentives are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. The project pre-approval letter defines terms for incentive payment and a commitment expiration date unless an extension is granted by the program administrator.
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Can a single account number have multiple applications?

Yes, there is no limit to the number of applications an individual account number can submit.
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Where can I find my Potomac Edison utility account number?

On your utility bill, near the top left side. The account number will have either 12 digits or 14 digits.

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Now that I know I’m eligible, how do I apply for incentives?

To apply for incentives, complete the application(s) and attach supplemental forms (if applicable) that can be found on the website. Fill out the entire form, including your Potomac Edison utility account number. Submit the completed forms, along with the manufacturer’s cut sheets for the proposed equipment by following the instructions on the application form.
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How can I determine if my equipment meets the eligibility requirements?

The first thing to do when applying for incentives is to thoroughly read through the application. Applicants should also become familiar with the website www.energysaveMD-business.com as there are many resources explaining how to fill out the application. Customers should work with their design teams and contractors to ensure that the equipment meets the eligibility requirements of the program. For specific project-related questions, contact a program representative at energysaveMD@sodexo.com.

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How does the pre-approval process work for Lighting for Business projects?

Participants begin by submitting an application package that includes a completed and signed application form. Program staff conducts a technical review of the application package and, contacts the participant with any questions. Upon completion of technical review, the project is pre-approved and the participant is sent a pre-approval letter. The participant may then purchase and install their energy-efficient equipment.

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Will the incentive be paid to the contractor or the customer?

Payment will be made to the participant listed on the application unless the participant elects to assign their program incentive to a third party by completing the Dual Incentive Payment Form.

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How long do I have to install the equipment after pre-approval?

Applicants are given 90 days (see installation schedule requirements in the program terms and conditions) from the pre-approval date to complete the installation, as noted on the pre-approval letter. However, if installation schedules are delayed, contact your program representative at energysaveMD@sodexo.com to request a project extension.

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What documents do I submit after equipment is installed?

To complete the processing of your incentive, submit invoices or proofs of purchase for all proposed equipment, with the following information:

  1. Quantities
  2. Model numbers
  3. Installation address
  4. Purchase date

You must also submit a completed IRS W-9 form for the incentive recipient(s). You can download a blank W-9 here.

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During our project, we changed the amount of lights we installed. How should I notify the program?

Please revise the Lighting Form to reflect the actual equipment that was installed and send that to us at energysaveMD@sodexo.com with an itemized invoice reflecting what was installed.

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What lighting products or technologies qualify for this program?

The Lighting for Business Program is designed to support equipment and controls that can save energy (kWh). Equipment must be code compliant.

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Do my CFLs need to be ENERGY STAR® rated to receive incentives?

No, the CFLs do not need to be ENERGY STAR® rated to receive incentives.
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What if different equipment was substituted after pre-approval?

Project scope often changes during installation. If changes occur after pre-approval, contact your program representative at energysaveMD@sodexo.com. If the installed equipment meets the program requirements, the incentive will be paid. If the installed equipment does not meet the program requirements, no incentive will be paid. Final incentive payment will be based on the “as-built” documentation provided with the final application. If your project scope increases during construction, your incentive may increase if funding is available. There is no guarantee of additional funds for projects that increase in size after pre-approval. We encourage you to contact us as early in the process as possible to see if any modifications are eligible for incentives.

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What is the approximate turnaround time for application pre-approval and the expected timeframe for receiving incentives after project completion?

Project pre-approval is estimated to take 30 days after a complete application package is received by the program. Applications are acknowledged upon receipt with an email response. If the participant has not received an acknowledgment of application receipt within five business days of submission, contact a program representative at energysaveMD@sodexo.com. Once a project is installed, a complete application package with proof of purchase is received by the program administrator and final approval is granted, a check will be issued within approximately 90 business days.

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Under what circumstances do I need to get pre-approval of equipment?

All projects applying for incentives require pre-approval from the program before purchasing and installing equipment.

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What documentation must be submitted with my application?

A complete application package includes the following:

  1. A completed, signed application form listing the quantities of qualifying equipment included in your project.
  2. Manufacturer’s specification (“cut”) sheets for each equipment type to verify that the proposed equipment meets the program requirements and is eligible for incentives. The relevant efficiency levels should be clearly indicated on the cut sheets. Please circle and/or highlight the information for each type of equipment.
  3. Any supplementary forms (HVAC Supplemental Calculator, etc.)
  4. For custom projects, refer to the instruction page of the Custom application form required.

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Do churches qualify for the incentive program?

Yes, the program is open to all commercial, industrial, not-for-profit, and governmental customers of Potomac Edison in Maryland.

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If my building is mixed-use, can I still qualify for the incentives?

Program eligibility for mixed-use buildings depends on the meter type. For instance, if a multifamily building with a first-floor commercial retail space has a commercial meter, then that retail space as well as the building’s common areas would be eligible for program incentives.

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Is there a limit on the amount of incentives we can receive for a project?

Incentives are limited to the total cost of the new equipment, excluding taxes. For Custom projects, the limit is 50% of total retrofit project costs and 75% of the incremental cost for new construction.

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Can I get an incentive for equipment that is fueled by natural gas?

No, incentives are for electricity savings only.

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Who is eligible to receive incentives?

Commercial, industrial, not-for-profit and governmental customers of Potomac Edison in Maryland are eligible to receive incentives.

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I receive a bill from Potomac Edison, but I receive my electricity from a different electricity supplier. Do I still qualify for incentives?

Yes.

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My company submitted the paperwork to become a new Program Ally and I have an application to submit, do I need to wait until I become an ally to submit an application?

No, you may submit an application before you become an ally.

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My company is interested in learning about Potomac Edison programs. How can I be notified about program launches, new incentive offerings, application forms, etc.?

Please send your company information to energysaveMD@sodexo.com and indicate that you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive program updates. Visit our website at energysaveMD-business.com for more information. Upon sending your information, one of our outreach representatives will contact you directly.

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What if my project is chosen for an on-site inspection? What will this include?

A random sample of project sites will be surveyed by program staff to verify pre- and/or post-installation conditions or to verify documentation prior to incentive payment. Any equipment on the final application form that qualifies for incentive payment may be subject to on-site inspection. Typically, these site visits include visual inspection of the qualifying equipment, including lighting fixture counts and confirmation of nameplate data, etc. As described in the program terms and conditions, the participant is asked to provide reasonable access to the facility, the qualifying equipment, and related documentation and data. Every effort will be made by the program staff to schedule these surveys at a mutually-convenient time to avoid delaying incentive processing.

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When do the programs end?

The current incentive programs are scheduled to end December 31, 2017, or when incentive funds are fully committed, whichever happens first.

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Where can I find the terms and conditions of the programs?

Please refer to the application form for the program terms and conditions. You may contact a program representative at any time for clarification or with questions at energysaveMD@sodexo.com.

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Can I receive incentives if I received money through other avenues like government grants or other utility programs?

Yes, Maryland customers of Potomac Edison can still receive incentives, even if their projects were funded by a grant source or other utility programs.

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Are there tax implications associated with receipt of program incentives?

Consult your tax advisor. Incentives received by the participant may be taxable at the federal, state or local level. Participants are responsible for declaring and paying any taxes.

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