SmartWatt Energy Named #6 Energy Company in Inc. Magazine’s Hire Power Awards

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Company’s Job Creation Continues with Opening of Michigan and Mississippi Offices and Addition of Key Position

We recently opened our 16th office in Starkville, MS, and our 17th office in Grand Rapids, MI, and we continue to attract top talent to fuel our growth.

SmartWatt Energy was recently ranked the #6 Energy Company in Inc. magazine’s second annual Hire Power Awards, designed to salute the job creators who are restoring lives and rebuilding the economy by putting Americans back to work.

SmartWatt Energy is a nationwide provider of turnkey energy-efficiency solutions for utilities, commercial, industrial and institutional clients. The company also develops proprietary software to streamline internal workflows and provide comprehensive program and national account reporting.

“We’re excited to be recognized again this year,” said Chris Covell, President of SmartWatt Energy. “We recently opened our 16th office in Starkville, MS, and our 17th office in Grand Rapids, MI, and we continue to attract top talent to fuel our growth.”

SmartWatt Energy, founded in 2002 in New York’s Tech Valley, has grown 754% in the past three years, while adding 99 new jobs. In 2013, the company was named the 27th fastest growing energy company and the 36th fastest growing New York company on Inc.’s 5000 list.

SmartWatt Opens in Michigan and Mississippi

In response to strong growth in commercial, industrial and institutional projects throughout the Midwest and Southeast, SmartWatt has added to its existing presence in those regions with the recent opening of its Grand Rapids, MI, and Starkville, MS, offices. The Grand Rapids office will focus on projects within the food processing, cold storage, higher education and general commercial and industrial market segments, while the Starkville office will be dedicated to the execution of a multiyear higher education project already in process. The new offices are expected to result in approximately 20 new jobs.

New Hire Adds to Job Growth

Lou Preston was recently hired as general manager of SmartWatt’s new Grand Rapids, MI, office in the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Division. He has 15 years’ experience in the energy-efficient lighting industry, most recently as Northeastern Regional Sales Manager and National Marketing Director for lighting manufacturer Precision-Paragon. Preston earned his master’s in business administration from Wayne State University, where he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He earned his bachelor’s degree in integrated supply management from Western Michigan University.

SmartWatt Is Hiring!

SmartWatt Energy currently has multiple engineering, energy auditing, construction management, lighting technician, sales, business development, administration, software development and accounting positions open in its offices in Albany, NY; Syracuse, NY; Rochester, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Memphis, TN; Pueblo, CO; and Sacramento, CA.


SmartWatt Energy is a unique energy-efficiency firm. It provides turnkey solutions for utilities, commercial, industrial and institutional clients and also develops proprietary software that streamlines internal workflow processes and provides comprehensive program reporting. SmartWatt Energy’s three divisions use cutting-edge technologies, design and processes to take on and solve their clients’ toughest sustainability challenges:

  •     The Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Division works with end-use clients throughout the United States to design and install multi-measure energy-efficiency projects. Clients look to SmartWatt Energy to provide large-scale savings through turnkey energy auditing, engineering, project management and installation services.
  •     The Utility Division contracts directly with utilities to manage their commercial energy efficiency programs. SmartWatt Energy’s vertically integrated program delivery platform ensures utility program success and client satisfaction, because all elements of the utility program are handled by a talented, integrated, cross-functional team.
  •     The Software Development Division creates customized, proprietary software applications to increase efficiencies and provide added value to utilities and national accounts clients.

SmartWatt Energy has won two Inc. magazine “Hire Power” awards and has twice been named one of the “Fastest Growing Private Companies in the United States” on the magazine’s annual 5000 list. For more information, visit

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