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St. Lucie County - Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF)

Last Review: 2012-09-24
Incentive Type: Local Loan Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Central Air conditioners, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Building Insulation, Windows, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Terms: Renewable Energy Projects: 5-6% APR
Energy Efficiency Projects: 6-9% APR
Interest rates fixed for up to 15 year terms
Incentive Amount: Minimum of 1,000
Website: http://www.stlucieco.gov/ed/empower.htm

Summary:

St. Lucie County has partnered with local financial institutions and community leaders to establish the non-profit Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF), which will administer a low-interest loan program.  SELF will use grant funding and private investments to offer interest rates lower than those associated with similar programs.

In June 2010, St. Lucie County received a grant award through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency Block Grant Program (EECBG). The $2.9 million award is being used to kick-start the SELF pilot loan program, which began taking applications and making loans in early 2011.

SELF will give qualifying residents and business owners the ability to secure financing for:

  • Weatherization (insulation, caulking, window and door replacement)
  • Replacement of inefficient air-conditioning systems
  • Solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems

Solar thermal is an eligible improvement if it meets the guidelines described in EECBG Program Notice 10-021 relative to the reduction of electricity consumption. However, solar thermal will not be considered an eligible improvement for use with swimming pools. PV systems can be added only after energy efficiency upgrades in a building are installed, or if the building is already substantially deemed energy efficient.

SELF will offer loans up to $50,000 for eligible energy enhancements with extended repayment periods.  Loan rates vary based for energy efficient and renewable energy project, while the term will be fixed for terms up to 15 years and provide a minimum loan amount of $1,000 and maximum loan amount of $50,000. The total loan-to-value (LTV) cannot exceed 115% of the property appraiser’s market value, the total debt-to-income ratio of up to forty-five per cent (45%) will be used for initial qualification, and a credit report score of at least 650 will be considered.*

*Note: The term of the loan, LTV, total debt-to-income ratio, and credit report score can be non-compliant with policy when compensating factors exist.

SELF has begun the process to transform itself from a revolving loan fund to a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury.


Contact:

Solar Energy Loan Fund
2400 Rhode Island Ave.

Fort Pierve, FL 34950
Phone:(772) 468-1818 Ext.
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Email:
Web site: http://www.stlucieco.gov/ed/empower.htm

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