More than a couple bankers and government agents are trying to offer us cheap loans for weatherization and efficient ice boxes and all.  I'll confess to indulging in a chest freezer for my deer meat.

Financial Blog Posts

The Financial Side of Clean Energy

It's going to take a lot of investment monies to power this shift to clean energy.  With "green loans", tax incentives, grants and direct investments, Mainers can put  together the financing they need.  We'll keep you up to date on all the options as they come and go. 

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02/24/2011 - 3:50pm

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is a way for homeowners and businesses to finance energy upgrades and pay them back through their property taxes.  Municipalities issue a special bond and in turn lend the monies to their taxpayers for energy retrofits, assessing the properties at a special rate.

02/09/2011 - 11:22am

For a good overview of what Efficiency Maine does and how they are funded, please read their pdf document here:

Efficiency Maine Fact Sheet

01/28/2011 - 5:09pm

I was cruising around among the exhibits at the Maine Wind Power Conference on Jan 24, 2011 and noticed  a couple of agriculturally-oriented booths with fairly lonesome-looking people staffing them.

01/01/2011 - 3:48pm

You might think that all federal monies being invested in clean energy technologies would be channeled through the Department of Energy, but think again.  The Nov. 15 2010 issue of “Capital Weekly” reported that the following grants were recently awarded to Mainers by the USDA Rural Energy for America Program:

12/31/2010 - 4:39pm

[The following is a guest post by Fred Greenhalgh of ReVision Energy of Portland.  It is ReVision Energy's response to the REACh (Residential Energy Assistance Challenge) report brought forward by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, cited by the Bangor Daily News and other local papers, about the dubious performance of some renewable energy systems installed with public fun

12/27/2010 - 6:23pm

Welcome to the conversation about how to finance energy infrastructure improvements in Maine. There are lots of programs out there that can help to defray the cost of improvements such as home weatherization, business lighting makeovers and solar hot water systems, to name a few. Spending a little time before going in to a project to find the right mix of loans, grants and tax credits is time well-spent. This blog invites all of Maine’s purveyors of energy-related financial assistance to explain their programs for the benefit of readers.