St. Lucie County, FL, December 3, 2014 –
The Orlando City Commission unanimously approved a new partnership with the non-profit Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) which will be expand the award-winning home energy improvement program into Orlando beginning in January 2015. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has set-forth ambitious plans to make the City “the most sustainable community in the southeastern United States”, and SELF will provide the tools to help residents and homeowners reduce their energy bills and enhance their quality of life.
SELF is a non-profit community lending organization that provides favorable financing for home energy improvements and project management from start to finish. The non-profit was started in St. Lucie County in 2010 and has been operational for 4 years in the Treasure Coast region. To date, SELF has completed 978 energy assessments and closed 312 loans totaling $2.63 million. Last year, SELF also received the “Most Outstanding Green Business” award from the South Florida Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said, “We are pleased to be working with SELF to help city residents make much-needed home energy improvements that can reduce energy consumption and operating costs, advance clean energy technologies, and create local green jobs.”
SELF’s Executive Director, Doug Coward, said, “SELF is excited to expand operations into one of the most forward-thinking communities in Florida.” He added, “SELF will coordinate program activities with the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Orlando Utilities Commission, and collaborate with local qualified contractors to complete the work.”
SELF’s Chief Financial officer, Duanne Andrade, added, “We are very pleased to open up the Orlando market with First Green Bank as our financing partner especially since we share the mission of working towards making our communities greener.” First Green Bank is headquartered in Mt. Dora and they are focused on lending to area residents and investing in local businesses and the environment. First Green Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth LaRoe, said, “We strongly support the City’s sustainability goals and are very pleased to be partnering with SELF to foster the clean energy economy in the City of Orlando.”
Residents wanting to learn more about getting started and contractors wanting to participate can visit www.solarenergyloanfund.org, call (407) 267-3071, or come visit our office opening on January 3rd at 930 Woodcock Road Suite 226 Orlando, FL 32803.