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 Energy Programs

DOE SMARTScale

Working in partnership with the Department of Energy, Ecology Action designed the Small Market Advanced Retrofit Transformation program (SMARTScale) to create and demonstrate a nationally scalable model for delivering deep energy retrofits in the small commercial market.

The SMARTScale program is a platform to be used by administrators of small- and medium-business energy efficiency programs that will achieve an average of 20% energy savings per building by offering a comprehensive set of measures, integrated financing tools and expedited project measurement and verification (M&V) via a contractor-driven delivery model.

SMARTScale Toolkit

As part of our agreement with the Department of Energy, we’re rolling out this program nationwide, and providing a free, innovative and cost-effective toolkit for implementing small to medium-sized commercial building retrofits. Find out more about the SMARTScale Toolkit, and register to access this valuable information.

 

Overview

The Small Market Advanced Retrofit Transformation program (SMARTScale) aims to create and demonstrate a nationally scalable model for delivering deep retrofits in small commercial buildings. SMARTScale will create a network of deep retrofit contractors that are trained, incentivized, and supported specifically to offer ‘one-stop’ energy services through a turnkey package of design, specification, installation, and customer technical assistance. SMARTScale will bring much of the same sophistication present in the large commercial energy services market to small businesses, allowing these customers to become super-efficient, smart grid-ready and zero net energy-capable. Retrofits will routinely include advanced controls strategies, emerging technologies, integrated finance, a whole building approach, and highly accurate savings claims.

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Program Goals

The objective of the SMARTScale is to create and demonstrate a nationally scalable model for delivering deep retrofits in the small commercial market. For existing buildings, the goal is to demonstrate at least 20% decrease versus baseline energy consumption in existing small commercial buildings (50,000 sq. ft. or smaller) at scale across the U.S.

Program Impact

The SMARTScale program aims to provide a roadmap and set of tools for utility and government energy efficiency program administrators to “up-level” the way small and medium energy efficiency programs are designed, administered and delivered.

Fewer Carbon Emissions
  • Targets small and medium businesses, a market segment that contains 4.6 million businesses nationally and represents 40% of annual national commercial energy consumption
Healthier Communities
  • Creates healthier and more comfortable working environments, benefiting both businesses and employees
Stronger Businesses
  • Helps businesses save valuable energy dollars
  • Enables small businesses to take advantage of the commercial energy efficiency services previously only available to large businesses

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