General Information and Structure
This is a combo loan/rebate program. Once approved by the LQC, the total project costs is equivalent to 2x's the size of the expected rebates from Efficiency Maine. From this total project cost, a 20% verifiable match is required from the owner (minus the fee from the energy audit); the City will provide a "bridge" loan to fund the recommended energy improvements or 80% of the total project cost. The owner must agree to have the City act as "Agent for Owner". Once the energy improvements have been made, and verified through an Independent Engineer appointed by Efficiency Maine; the rebates (50% of the total project cost) will be paid directly from Efficiency Maine to the City to repay 50% of the loan back immediately leaving a loan of 30% to be repaid by the Owner to the City over a period of 10 years. Funding Source is Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Other federal, state, or local funding may also be used based on availability and at the City's discretion.