Frequently Asked Questions
What is community energy?
Community energy projects can broadly be described as any action, taken by a group of community members, which results in the production of renewable energy or an improvement in energy efficiency. Such projects have become a growing trend in recent years. Due to the broad definition of community energy, these projects can take many forms. Some examples of past community energy projects that have been successful in Maine include the group purchasing of energy efficient heat-pumps by citizens of Peaks Island, the window insert building workshops led by WindowDressers of Rockland, and the Solarize Freeport campaign that saved homeowners thousands of dollars on solar system purchases through the power of group buying.
Why should I pre-order a set of Sustain Maine license plates?
The state of Maine requires that 2,000 plates are pre-ordered before production of the plate can occur. By pre-ordering a set of Sustain Maine license plates you are playing a vital role in the creation of a new specialty license plate that will raise awareness and funds for community energy projects throughout Maine.
Can I purchase multiple plates for my multiple vehicles?
Yes, you may order one set of plates per passenger vehicle you have registered in Maine.
What happens if 2,000 pre-orders are not collected?
If 2,000 license plate pre-orders are not collected your payment will be donated to one of several organizations that you may select from when placing your order. To see a list of the organizations that you may donate to click here.
Where does the money go for each plate?
The State of Maine requires a $25 per vehicle fee to begin production. Annually, with your registration you will pay $20.00 to renew your Sustain Maine plate. A portion of the renewal fee will be distributed to community-based energy efficiency and sustainable energy projects throughout Maine via grants and/or loans administered by a volunteer board.
Why $26.99? I thought it was $25?
By using PayPal, we can make the ordering process easier for us and more importantly, easier for you. That being said, PayPal charges us a fee to use their service. Since the State needs $25.00 per plate, we have to charge an excess fee to cover PayPal’s fees and our other operating expenses.
Can I get a refund?
No. In the event that not enough orders are received to produce the plate, your payment will be donated to the organization that you select when placing your order. For a list of the organizations that you may donate to click here.
How do I get my plates?
Once 2,000 plates have been ordered, you will receive a voucher in the mail. Redeem this voucher to receive your Sustain Maine license plates at no charge the next time you register your vehicle.
Are vanity plates available?
Yes they are! Limited to 6 numbers/letters, and can not be a duplicate on any other style plate. Check https://www1.maine.gov/online/bmv/vanity/ for availability.
Can I keep my current vanity plate “number”?
The short answer is probably. Several years ago the State began phasing out “duplicate” plate numbers. It used to be so that you could have the same vanity plate under different plate types (regular plate, lobster plate, etc.), but this is no longer the case. For example, plate “example” can only be used by one person on any one of the plate designs. If your vanity plate is currently used by another driver, changing plate types may cause you to lose your vanity plate.
Can I get this in a handicapped plate?
No, not at this time. Simply hang your handicap placard on your car’s mirror.