Town of South Berwick, ME
York County
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This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Town of South Berwick Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Ordinance" (the "Ordinance").
Except as specifically defined below, words and phrases used in the Ordinance shall have their customary meanings; as used in this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings indicated:
ENERGY-SAVING IMPROVEMENT
An improvement to qualifying property that is new and permanently affixed to qualifying property and that:
A. 
Will result in increased energy efficiency and substantially reduced energy use and:
(1) 
Meets or exceeds applicable United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Department of Energy, Energy Star program or similar energy efficiency standards established or approved by the Trust; or
(2) 
Involves air sealing, insulating, and other energy efficiency improvements of residential, commercial or industrial property in a manner approved by the Trust; or
B. 
Involves a renewable energy installation or an electric thermal storage system that meets or exceeds standards established or approved by the Trust.
MUNICIPALITY
The Town of South Berwick.
PACE AGREEMENT
An agreement between the owner of qualifying property and the Trust that authorizes the creation of a PACE mortgage on qualifying property and that is approved, in writing, by all owners of the qualifying property at the time of the agreement, other than mortgage holders.
PACE ASSESSMENT
An assessment made against qualifying property to repay a PACE loan.
PACE DISTRICT
The area within which the municipality establishes a PACE program hereunder, which is all that area within the municipality's boundaries.
PACE LOAN
A loan, secured by a PACE mortgage, made to the owner(s) of a qualifying property pursuant to a PACE program to fund energy-saving improvements.
PACE MORTGAGE
A mortgage securing a loan made pursuant to a PACE program to fund energy-saving improvements on qualifying property.
PACE PROGRAM
A program established under state statute by the Trust or a municipality under which property owners can finance energy-saving improvements on qualifying property.
QUALIFYING PROPERTY
Real property located in the PACE district of the municipality.
RENEWABLE ENERGY INSTALLATION
A fixture, product, system, device or interacting group of devices installed behind the meter at a qualifying property, or on contiguous property under common ownership, that produces energy or heat from renewable sources, including, but not limited to, photovoltaic systems, solar thermal systems, biomass systems, landfill gas to energy systems, geothermal systems, wind systems, wood pellet systems and any other systems eligible for funding under federal Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds or federal Clean Renewable Energy Bonds.
TRUST
The Efficiency Maine Trust established in 35A M.R.S.A. § 10103 and/or its agents, if any.