One of the Bethesda Green business incubators first members has been named as the “Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year” by a state group dedicated to clean energy.
John Jabara, founder of Savenia Labs, won the award on Wednesday. His company, started in 2009 in the incubator, provides energy ratings for popular appliances and will introduce a carbon footprint rating based on energy rates in specific places with specific products.
The idea is that shoppers in difference cities might choose completely different products if they knew how energy costs will add up over the lifetime of the appliance. Savenia clients can download comparable energy ratings, customized by zip code for costs and environmental impacts.
The Maryland Clean Energy Center, created in 2008 to help reach the state’s 20 percent renewable energy goal by 2022, presented the award.
Jabara’s first retail client was Stronsiders Hardware. His company now provides energy rating labels for products in Ace Hardware stores in Northern Virginia, D.C. and Baltimore.
He’s since moved to providing data to large companies and universities looking for information on their own electric use.