There is a new source for Solar Energy Loans in the Orlando area. It’s SELF: Solar and Energy Loan Fund, who expanded its operations into the Orlando Metro Region last December. Besides loans for solar energy installations, of water heaters, PV electric panels, and solar attic fans, they also make loans to improve the efficiency of homes to reduce energy usage, including air conditioning, weatherization, insulated windows and doors, LED lights. They also make loans to homeowners to conserve water, collect rainwater, and reduce hurricane hazard with resistant doors, windows, roofs and shutters.
SELF expanded operation to 6 counties in 2014 and is currently set to expand statewide. The Orlando City Commission unanimously approved a new partnership with SELF to provide homeowners with affordable and accessible financing for energy efficiency, wind mitigation and water conservation improvements. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has set-forth ambitious plans to make the city “the most sustainable community in the south-eastern United States.” To this end, SELF will provide unsecured loans, project management and additional implementation tools to help city residents make improvements that will save them money on energy costs while increasing the safety and value of their homes.
The Solar and Energy Loan Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in St. Lucie County, Florida, which operates the Clean Energy Loan Program in the Treasure Coast and Space Coast regions, between Orlando & Miami. Loan funders include: 6 Faith Based Organizations; 3 Bank (CRA Investments); One Crowdsourcing organization, KIVA.org and; one private investor.
SELF was founded in July 2010 to address the related problems of working class people struggling economically to make ends meet, the steadily-rising cost of utilities, the need for greater energy independence, missed economic development and employment opportunities, and the lack of access to capital and clean energy solutions in the Sunshine State. They recently closed the first 2 Commercial PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) solar projects.
Contact SELF to see if they can help you with your energy and water conservation, or hurricane mitigation projects. A link to their informative website is below, and current borrowers say the loan applications process is very easy. Help make Central Florida the greenest spot on the planet!
The Central Florida Loan Program Manager, Jeff Benavides, is located inside the AIA Orlando Chapter offices at 370 Woodcock Drive. His contact info is:
The Executive Director for SELF is Doug Coward. His contact information is:
You can also donate to S.E.L.F. to help save our environment, more at the website link above.