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Mountain Association for Community Economic Development - Energy Efficient Enterprise Loan Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/25/2013
Program Overview:
State: Kentucky
Incentive Type: Local Loan Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Ceiling Fan, Water Heaters, Lighting, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Compressed air, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Siding, Roofs, Agricultural Equipment, Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, LED Lighting, (For Commercial Use), Cool Roof
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Geothermal Electric, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting, Small Hydroelectric, Renewable Fuels, Ethanol, Methanol, Biodiesel
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Installer/Contractor, Institutional
Amount:Micro loans: $1,000 - $10,000 at 5% interest
Small business and start-up loans: up to $35,000
Other loans: up to $500,000 to qualified borrowers
Maximum Incentive:All MACED Loans: $500,000
Terms:Repayment can be partially secured by savings on electricity bills
Micro loans must be repaid within 48 months.
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The Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) offers loans to small and mid-sized businesses, non-profits, schools and municipalities to improve energy efficiency through its Energy Efficient Enterprises program. Commercial loans can be used to purchase a wide-variety of equipment and to pay for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations. The micro-loans (up to $10,000, paid back within 4 years) may be used for lighting upgrades and the purchase of energy efficient, ENERGY STAR appliances. The program is flexible; the loans are designed to finance energy efficiency projects that maintain a positive cash flow due to the resulting energy savings. MACED has an energy specialist on staff to provide technical assistance to businesses and/or building contractors.

There is also financing available to pay for training, certification, travel and exams for installers of energy efficient and renewable energy systems.

Commercial loans are made throughout MACED's service area, which includes 54 Appalachian counties in Kentucky (as designated by the Appalachian Regional Commission).

  Elizabeth Graves
Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
Energy Efficient Enterprises
433 Chestnut Street
Berea, KY 40403
Phone: (859) 986-2373
Fax: (859) 986-1299
Web Site:
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