Efficiency Maine Small Business Loan Program (Maine)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Maine

Name Efficiency Maine Small Business Loan Program
Incentive Type State Loan Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Building Insulation, Central Air conditioners, Chillers, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Water Heaters, LED Exit Signs, Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive No
Incentive Inactive Date 2012-12-20
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Varies by project

Maximum Incentive No longer available

Terms No longer available
Program Administrator Efficiency Maine Trust
Website http://www.efficiencymaine.com/at-work/for-small-business/loan-programs
Date added to DSIRE 2005-06-15
Last DSIRE Review 2012-12-20
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Note: Efficiency Maine advises that funding for this program has been fully allocated; Efficiency Maine is not accepting loan applications. The below summary is for information only.

Maine's Small Business Low-Interest Loan Program provides loans of up to $35,000 at 1% interest* to small businesses to support approved energy efficiency measures. Efficiency Maine Trust administers this program, with the assistance of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) who completes underwriting and credit rating. Businesses and non-profits that use less than 25 kilowatts of electricity per month are eligible.

To qualify, a business must undergo an energy audit to identify necessary improvements. The audit may be completed by Efficiency Maine Trust or an Efficiency Maine Trust approved energy auditor. After the audit is completed, the business must submit the application for pre-approval. Following approval by Efficiency Maine Trust, the application will be forwarded to FAME to determine the creditworthiness of the business. The applicant is responsible for up to $500 in loan closing costs and must cover at least 10% of the energy efficiency upgrade costs. In general efficiency upgrades are eligible, although renewable energy systems may be eligible for a loan provided significant energy savings are demonstrated.

Loans terms vary depending on project, the loan amount, and client cash flow. Collateral is required to secure the loan. Note that schools, hospitals, and facilities with residential components, such as apartment buildings, condominiums, or private residences are not eligible for participation in this program.

*Interest rates are subject to change.

Contact Name Efficiency Maine Information

Division Efficiency Maine
Address 151 Capitol Street
Address 2 Suite 1
Place Augusta, Maine
Zip/Postal Code 04333-0018
Phone (866) 376-2463

Email efficiencymaine@efficiencymaine.com
Website http://www.efficiencymaine.com

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"