Voluntary Renewable Resources Grants

December 05, 2012


2012 Update: This program is no longer available. Act 637 of 2011 re-directed the use of the funds in the Voluntary Renewable Resources Fund and grants are no longer available. The information below is for reference only.

Maine's Voluntary Renewable Resources Grants, supported by the state's Voluntary Renewable Resources Fund and administered by the Efficiency Maine, provide funding for small-scale demonstration projects designed to educate communities on the value and cost-effectiveness of renewable energy. Maine's Voluntary Renewable Resources Fund, a public benefits fund, was established in 2000 and is supported by contributions made by consumers on their electric bills. Applications for Renewable Resources Grants are available only during specified application periods; funding is made available when a certain amount has been collected as a result of voluntary contributions. In addition, Efficiency Maine used funds from the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to supplement this grant program in FY2011. 

Grants of up to $50,000 are generally available to Maine-based nonprofit organizations (including community-based nonprofits), electric cooperatives, quasi-municipal corporations and districts, schools, and community action programs. To qualify for grant funding, renewable-energy resources generally must (1) qualify as a small power production facility under Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules or (2) must not exceed 100 megawatts in capacity and use one or more of the following resources to generate electricity: fuel cells, tidal power, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, hydropower, biomass energy, and/or municipal solid waste used in a generator in conjunction with recycling. There is a 20% cost-share requirement for grant-funding.

The Renewable Resources Fund awarded 10 grants in October of 2007, 3 grants in January 2009, 11 grants in December 2009, and 10 grants in September 2010.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Maine
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site: http://www.efficiencymaine.com/renewable-energy/grants-for-renewables
Administrator: Efficiency Maine
Start Date: 12/15/1998
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Municipal Solid Waste
  • Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels
  • Tidal
  • Wind (Small)
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Incentive Amount: Varies by project
Maximum Incentive: $50,000


Name: 35-A M.R.S.A. §10121
Date Enacted: 1997 (subsequently amended)
Effective Date: 3/1/2000
Name: ME PUC 65.407, Ch. 312
Effective Date: 12/15/1998


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.