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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Efficiency Maine Business Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/13/2014
Program Overview:
State: Maine
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Motors, Motor VFDs, Agricultural Equipment, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, LED Lighting, Energy Management Systems
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Amount:Incentive amounts vary by technology and project type. Amounts for custom incentives are as follows:
Retrofits: Up to 50% of total project cost
New Construction/Renovations/Failed Equipment Replacement: Up to 95% of incremental cost
Custom: Up to $0.28/kWh
Maximum Incentive:$100,000 per year
Equipment Requirements:Certain projects must be pre-approved
Installation Requirements:Only projects that result in a yearly energy savings of 35,000 kWh or more are eligible to participate in the Custom Program
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The Efficiency Maine Business Program provides cash incentives and free, independent technical advice to help non-residential electric customers save energy and money, and to improve Maine’s environment. Efficiency measures eligible for prescriptive cash incentives include qualified lighting, HVAC equipment, Motor VSDs, system controls, and refrigeration. See the program web site for the current list of cash incentives available for prescriptive incentives. In addition, custom incentives of up to $0.28/kWh are available for electricity-saving equipment that is not included on the list of eligible prescriptive incentives. Projects for these custom incentives must be pre-approved by Efficiency Maine.

Incentives are available to all non-residential customers, including Maine businesses, nonprofits, public and private schools (K-12), colleges, local and county governments, state buildings, farms, airports, water and wastewater facilities, quasi-governmental entities, and other regional systems. Incentives are generally available for retrofit applications or new construction. Pre-approval is required for certain efficiency improvements, usually those totaling over $2500; see the program web site for details. Each applicant is eligible for Efficiency Maine incentives up to $100,000 per applicant, per calendar year.

For retrofit projects, the amount of the Efficiency Maine custom incentive may be up to 50% of the total cost of the efficiency project, including labor. For new construction and major renovations, as well as replacement of failed equipment, the incentive may be up to 95% of the incremental cost of high efficiency equipment over standard equipment. The incentive cap applies in all cases. Efficiency Maine reserves the right to monitor and/or inspect subsidized installations and energy use of the products for which incentives are paid. Contact Efficiency Maine for additional information on this program.

  Efficiency Maine Business Incentive Program
Efficiency Maine
151 Capitol Street
Suite 1
Augusta, ME 04330-6262
Phone: (877) 334-6583
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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