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Actions for Municipalities & Schools

Save money for your community

Municipal buildings and schools also qualify for state and federal incentives. Federal and state incentives can help towns and school systems invest in clean and efficient energy upgrades for buildings, fleets, and more. Tax-exempt entities are now eligible to claim some federal tax credits thanks to new IRS rules on “elective pay,” also known as "direct pay." Learn more at

Transition to cleaner technologies for heating, cooling, insulating, and powering your public buildings, and save money for your community.

Climate Incentives for Municipalities & Schools

Available Incentives

Learn more at

Electric Vehicles

Federal Incentives

45W Commercial Clean Vehicle Tax

  • up to $7,500 for commercial EVs under 14,000 pounds
  • up to $40,000 for commercial EVs over 14,000 pounds (e.g. electric buses)

For guidance see

Maine Incentives

Efficiency Maine rebates, up to 10 allowed in each 12-month period:

  • $7,500 for a new battery EV
  • $2,000 for a new plug-in hybrid EV
  • $350 for level 2 EV charger

EV Chargers

Federal Tax Credits

IRS tax credit 30C offers:

  • 30% of costs for EV chargers, up to $100,000, in eligible low-income/nonurban communities

Maine Incentives

Efficiency Maine has several programs for public and commercial EV charging.



Federal Incentives

Solar tax credits have been expanded by the Inflation Reduction Act, and include tax-exempt entities:

  • 30% of all costs for rooftop solar

See more information at tax-credits-businesses

Energy Efficiency

Maine Incentives

Efficiency Maine has programs for all types of municipal buildings to help with efficiency measures such as lighting, HVAC, water heating, and more.

For more information, visit Efficiency Maine’s website, contact (866) 376-2463, or email

See examples of municipal projects at

To see even more incentives available to you from the Inflation Reduction Act, go to Rewiring America.

To view other ways to make your home more climate friendly, see our list!

Downloadable guide

Download our Mainers’ Guide to Climate Incentives to get all this information one place, including FAQs and a Getting Started Checklist.

Maine Guide to Climate Incentives

Note: This booklet summarizes current incentives and tax credits available to Mainers through federal and state programs as of January 2024. Programs may change, so please check for updated information before making any purchasing decisions.