Colleges & Schools

The nation’s 17,450 K-12 school districts spend more than $6 billion annually on energy, while higher education facilities spend close to $2 billion each year on energy. As much as 30 percent of an educational facility’s total energy is wasted1. Delmarva Power has solutions to help administrators increase the energy efficiency of school buildings and facilities. Adopting a strategic approach to energy management can lower your energy bills by 30 percent or more. In addition to energy cost savings, energy efficiency can help you reduce maintenance costs and extend your equipment life while creating healthier, more comfortable learning and work environments.

Delmarva Power offers cash incentives for the installation of qualified energy-efficient equipment that can help you reduce energy use and lower operating costs. Efficient upgrades to lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment, and commercial kitchen equipment can help your school reduce operating and maintenance costs as well as reducing environmental impacts. The savings you realize on energy costs go straight to your bottom line. And many upgrades pay back their investment in less than three to five years. A well-designed energy efficiency project can also significantly improve lighting and indoor air quality—features that are essential for learning, health, and the well-being of students and staff.1

The benefits of energy-efficient upgrades are numerous

  • Reduce energy and water costs
  • Increase student and employee comfort
  • Enhance light and air quality
  • Reduce maintenance and extend equipment life
  • Contribute to a more sustainable future

Earn cash incentives

K-12 schools and higher education facilities can take advantage of Delmarva Power’s standard incentives for installing new, energy-efficient equipment. Cash incentives are also available to customers’ planning unique equipment installations and system and industrial process improvements. If you have energy-saving improvements planned that are not covered through other incentive programs offered, you may be eligible for custom incentives.

Delmarva Power pays cash incentives for qualifying energy-efficient improvements, such as:

Additional incentive opportunities

  • Operations & Maintenance Training incentive
  • Technical support and cash incentives are offered to owners and design teams for new construction, major renovation, and building addition projects.

Project Snapshot

Schools and colleges have access to technical and financial resources to improve lighting, upgrade heating, refrigeration and build high-performance buildings. Below is an example of a recently completed project at a local school. Delmarva Power supported the project with advice early in the process and cash incentives after the system was installed, helping the customer save money, improve comfort and boost productivity.

Vending Machine Controls

Refrigerated Non-Refrigerated Total Lighting VFD Chiller All
Project Cost $8,830 $325 $9,155 $45,947 $15,834 $217,638 $288,578
Annual Energy Savings (kWh) 47,520 1,640 49,160 73,712 23,637 266,836 413,345
Annual Energy Cost Savings2 $5,289 $183 $5,472 $8,204 $2,631 $29,699 $46,005
Existing Bldgs Incentive $2,400 $150 $2,550 $13,870 $5,300 $21,347 $43,067
Payback (YRS)3 1.2 0.9 1.2 3.8 3.8 6.5 5.2
2$ 0.1113/kWh
3Payback = (Project cost - incentive) / energy savings

Get started today


If you need technical assistance in completing an energy-efficiency project, qualified contractors from our Trade Ally Network are available to assist you. To find a trade ally in your area please visit Find a Trade Ally

Learn more about:
Program Eligibility and Application Process
Eligible measures and incentives for Existing Buildings Projects
Eligible measures and incentives for New Construction Projects/Major Renovation Projects



Have any questions about the incentives, your eligibility or how to apply? Contact us and we can help you get started today.

These programs support EmPOWER Maryland administered by the Maryland Energy Administration.