Building Operator Education
Beginning April 1, 2018, all incentive payments for Business Solutions program participants will be made electronically or via bill credit.
Failure to complete the form and W9 will result in delays or non-payment of the incentive. If you have completed a Vendor form, along with the W9 and received incentive payment from SMECO in the past, you do not need to complete the form again.SMECO's Business Solutions Building Operator Education (BOE) Program offers incentives for building operation personnel to receive nationally recognized training, providing them the education to transform their workplaces into more comfortable and energy-efficient environments. The BOE Program is available to contractors and building operation personnel who are employed at government, commercial, non-residential, industrial, non-profit and institutional facilities within the SMECO service territory.
In cases where the applicant is a contractor, a representative of the SMECO customer must provide a letter, on company letterhead, stating that the contractor is assigned to work at the customer’s facility and that the SMECO customer supports the contractor’s participation in the Building Operator Education Program.
Though SMECO’s BOE Program concentrates on electric energy savings, building operation personnel may take a variety of approved certification or classes related to energy management, lighting, HVAC, indoor air quality and more. The incentives are designed to cover 80% of the enrollment costs with a maximum incentive of $1,000 for each course. Associated costs, including but not limited to travel, food, lodging, test fees, etc., are not eligible for incentives. The applicant must submit proof of attendance via a certificate of completion or other similar documentation in order to receive an incentive.
The applicant must also be responsible for the energy management of the facility where they are employed, or have a direct impact on the energy performance of the facility. All applicants must have approval of their employer and the facility manager (if not the same). All applicants must have a physical presence at the facility at least 50% of his or her working hours.
Details of the program, including incentive levels and eligibility requirements, are subject to change without prior notice. To learn more, email Business@smeco.coop or call 866.235.6044.
Applicants may take multiple courses, however each course requires a separate application. A list of pre-qualified courses is available at https://smeco.coop/save-energy-and-money/business-solutions/building-operator-education. The program will consider applications for non-listed courses on an individual basis. All BOE Applications require pre-approval.
Please review the Term and Conditions before you get started. Located at Building Operator Education Term and Conditions. Fill out the form electronically using our convenient, fillable PDF to save time, paper, and hassle.
The Technical Sheet provides a list of the incentive offerings for the partial reimbursement of training enrollment costs for building operation personnel that support commercial and industrial facilities. Located at Building Operator Education Technical Sheet.