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Town of Carrboro - Worthwhile Investments Save Energy (WISE) Homes and Buildings Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/09/2012
Program Overview:
State: North Carolina
Incentive Type: Local Loan Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Building Insulation, Motors, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Room Air Conditioners, Vending Machine Controls, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, Food Service Equipment
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Nonprofit
Amount:$1,500 loan minimum
Terms:3% interest for up to 10 years
Funding Source:American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Better Buildings Program (through Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA)
Program Budget:$55,000
Web Site:

The Town of Carrboro is providing loans to Carrboro businesses and non-profits with fewer than 50 employees to increase their energy efficiency. The current interest rate is 3% and the maximum loan term is 10 years. Loan applicants must give the town their previous 12 utility bills, and must agree to continue submitting their utility bills for 3 years after the work is complete so the town can measure the performance of the retrofits and the success of their program.

A wide variety of efficiency improvements are eligible for financing through this program. Participants are required to have an energy evaluation conducted by a program qualified assessor or contractor prior to submitting their loan application. The energy evaluation will identify the highest priority improvements, and the cost of the evaluation can be included in the loan amount. Solar hot water and photovoltaic (PV) installations are eligible for financing only if they are combined with energy efficiency improvements that are anticipated to yield 15% energy savings.

See website above for more information.

This Program is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Program.  The DOE has awarded over $500 million in federal funds to more than 40 states, local governments, and organizations to administer local programs targeting a variety of building types. Combined, these local programs are expected to improve the efficiency of more than 170,000 buildings through 2013 and save up to $65 million in energy costs annually.

  James Harris
Town of Carrboro
Economic and Community Development
Town Hall
301 W. Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Phone: (919) 918-7319
Phone 2: (919) 918-7319
Web Site:
  Mark Kuykendall
Clean Energy Solutions
Phone: (919) 918-7334
Web Site:
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