Years before sustainability became mainstream, SmartWatt Energy founder Chris Covell became interested in the economics of energy conservation. He was 23 and just beginning to work in the energy services industry. In short order he realized that he had stumbled upon a great opportunity. Here was the perfect way to put his unique blend of experience to good use: He could leverage his finance background to help customers save money by designing energy projects that incorporated not just efficient technology, but available utility incentives and tax deductions as well. In 2002—less than six months later—SmartWatt was born, powered by a total of three employees. That same year, SmartWatt opened its first office in Albany, New York, and launched its Commercial, Industrial & Institutional Division. The company soon hit its stride with an explosive growth cycle, punctuated by the opening of a second office (Rochester, New York) in 2006.
When the recession hit hard in 2009, Covell displayed the competitiveness at the heart of SmartWatt's mission. Instead of pulling back, SmartWatt went big, opening three new offices in the next year in Syracuse, New York; Scranton, Pennsylvania; and Sacramento, California, while launching the Utility Programs Division. In 2010, leveraging the strength of SmartWatt's existing customer relationships with industry giants, the National Accounts Group was formed.
Further expansion followed at a fast clip, and two more offices in Chicago, Illinois, and New York, New York, opened in 2011. The company's engineering capabilities also grew at this time, as the Integrated Solutions Group was launched. Along the way, SmartWatt realized that commercial software applications weren't serving the company’s unique program and construction management needs. With the help of some of the greatest programmers and energy services professionals in the industry, SmartWatt developed and launched its own software application, AMP®, in 2011, and with it the Software Development Division was launched. Constant enhancements and upgrades have helped AMP® remain innovative, and have helped SmartWatt stay ahead of the technological curve.
Five more offices—in Nashville, Tennessee; Dallas, Texas; Pueblo, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; and Richmond, Virginia—opened in 2012, earning SmartWatt the 5th Fastest Growing Private Engineering Company in the United States appellation on Inc. magazine’s annual 5000 List. With the opening of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Grand Rapids, Michigan and Starkville, Mississippi offices in 2013, SmartWatt's impressive growth was once again recognized on Inc. magazine's annual 5000 List, where they climbed 244 spots from their 2012 spot. In 2014, they launched three new utility programs and opened offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon and Cincinnati, Ohio. Another utility program has already launched in 2015, along with a new office in Baltimore, Maryland. SmartWatt currently has 18 offices nationwide to serve its customers.
Throughout its exponential growth, SmartWatt has stayed true to its core values of customer service, innovation and accountability. With hundreds of passionate, competitive, team players on staff, we make even the most complicated sustainability projects easy for our customers.