News Release


Community Forum About PACE Program Scheduled for May 10th in Rockland


Island residents invited to join in through distance-learning technology

 to learn more about Maine’s new low-interest energy loan program


For Immediate Release: April 27, 2011

Contact: Birgitta Polson, (207) 594-9209, ext. 146 or

Rockland, Maine—Local residents who missed last month’s community forum about Maine's new Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program – along with residents of several island communities – are invited to participate in another presentation on Tuesday, May 10th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Island Institute, 386 Main Street in Rockland.  PACE enables homeowners in towns that pass the PACE ordinance to access low-interest loans of up to $15,000 for energy-efficiency retrofits, such as upgrades to heating systems, home weatherization and other improvements that will save energy and money.

The event is sponsored by the Island Institute, Maine Partners for Cool Communities, the Green Sneakers Project, the City of Rockland Energy Committee and Efficiency Maine.   Presenters will include Dana Fischer, residential program manager from Efficiency Maine, Richard Burbank of Evergreen Home Performance, Suzanne Pude, the Island Institute’s community energy program director, and Larry Pritchett, Rockland city councilor. Community leaders from island and mainland communities will also speak briefly on their experiences of passing the PACE ordinance.


Thanks to distance-learning technology provided to island communities through a grant to the Island Institute by the U.S.D.A Rural Utilities Service, island residents from Chebeague, Long, Vinalhaven,  North Haven, Islesboro, Peaks and Cliff islands can participate from their island schools.  Additional island distance-learning locations may be available, so for an updated list of island-based sites for the video-conferencing option, please contact Birgitta Polson at or 207-594-9209,  x 146

To learn more about the PACE program, please see:







The Island Institute partners with Maine’s year-round island and working-waterfront communities

to ensure that they remain vibrant places to live,  work. and educate children.