Efficiency Maine Small Business Loan Program

December 20, 2012


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.


Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Maine
Incentive Type: Loan Program
Web Site: http://www.efficiencymaine.com/at-work/for-small-business/loan-programs
Administrator: Efficiency Maine Trust
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Chillers
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
  • Building Insulation
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Custom/Others pending approval
  • Wind (Small)
  • Food Service Equipment
  • Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
Maximum Loan: No longer available
Loan Term: No longer available


Name: Efficiency Maine Information
Organization: Efficiency Maine
Address: 151 Capitol Street
Augusta ME 04330-6262
Phone: (866) 376-2463
Email: efficiencymaine@efficiencymaine.com

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.