|Incentive Type:||PACE Financing|
|Eligible Efficiency Technologies:||Clothes Washers/Dryers, Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Ceiling Fan, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Furnaces, Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Custom/Others pending approval, Yes; specific technologies not identified, LED Lighting, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps|
Loan amount (range): 6,500 to 15,000
Term length: Up to 15 years
Interest rate: 4.99% (fixed)
Note: Maine's PACE program is accepting applications from homeowners in participating municipalities. Applications are submitted online.
Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing allows property owners to borrow money to pay for energy improvements. The amount borrowed is repaid via a special assessment on the property over a period of years. Maine has authorized local governments to establish such programs. Not all local governments in Maine will choose to offer PACE financing, check the program to see if your municipality has begun offering the program (over 160 locations are participating, Efficiency Maine maintains an up to date list). If your town is not participating, contact your community leaders directly.
The following eligibility requirements apply:
To participate, the homeowner must select a participating energy advisor and receive an energy audit. The home energy audit must be conducted to determine the recommended improvements which may include energy-efficiency meaures and renewable-energy systems. Energy-efficiency measures generally must meet or exceed U.S. EPA and Energy Star standards, or other standards approved by Efficiency Maine Trust, or weatherization improvements that are approved by the Trust. Improvements that are recommended by the Energy Audit may be authorized. Renewable-energy systems and electrical-thermal storage systems must meet standards approved by the Trust.
Note that certain improvements may be eligible for rebates as well. After the energy audit, the homeowner receives pre-approval for the PACE loan by submitting an application online and selects a contractor from a registered vendor list.