Maine might be the northernmost state on the East Coast, but that doesn’t mean Mainers can’t save hundreds on their electricity bills when they go solar. EnergySage is here to help you understand the different solar programs in the Pine Tree State, and then give you all the information you need to actually go solar.
What are the best solar programs and rebates in Maine
Maine has multiple solar programs and policies in place to make going solar easy in Vacationland. These include:
The state will also help finance your purchase of a solar energy system with a relatively inexpensive loan. With a Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loan, you pay no money down, and instead of monthly loan payments, you repay with an annual assessment on your property taxes. In Maine, you can get a PACE loan for up to $15,000 for 15 years at a 4.99% interest rate.
Community solar in Maine
Maine has also passed laws to encourage the piloting of "community shared solar", a model that would allow Mainers to buy into larger, shared solar installations. While all specifics are still being hammered out, keep your eyes peeled for the option to go solar without actually having to put any panels on your own roof.
Additional benefits of going solar in Maine
There are a few more solar incentives in Maine to keep in mind:
When you put solar panels on your roof, you want to make sure you get credit for all of the power your system generates. Luckily, Maine has a net metering policy that credits you for the extra electricity your system produces and allows you to use those credits when your system doesn’t generate enough power.
Don't forget about the federal tax credit
The federal government is also here to help with its landmark Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which was recently extended. In addition to the Maine-specific solar programs, you can reduce the cost of your solar energy system by 30 percent through this credit on your income taxes. The ITC applies only to those who buy their system with cash or with a solar loan like PACE, and you must have enough income for the tax credit to be relevant.