Energize St. Lucie County is a SELF Loan Program alternative financing solution to overcome the upfront costs of implementing energy-saving, renewable energy, and resilience projects in St. Lucie County, FL.
Based on the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) model, financing is secured by an assessment lien and is repaid as a line item on the property tax bill. This allows property owners to invest in longer-term, clean energy improvements that can generate positive cash flow and environmental benefits.
Commonly used to finance projects in existing buildings, property owners and developers are increasingly incorporating Energize St. Lucie County financing into the capital stack for new construction and major renovations
- ENERGIZE St. Lucie County Financing replaces equity and mezzanine debt with non-recourse, long-term financing (up to 20 years), with fixed-interest rates at a fraction of the cost.
- Up to 100% financing of eligible project costs, conserves working capital, and preserves owner’s equity for other purposes.
- Improves your collateral, reduces operating costs, increases property values, and achieves clean energy & sustainability goals.
- Creates a business case for completing clean energy improvements that improve occupant experience and extend a building’s lifespan.
- Assessments stay with the property upon sale and allow owners to share costs & benefits with tenants.
Loan Products & Rates*
Origination and Project Management Fees for Residential projects are 4.5% for SELF + 3% for County.
- Subject Property must be located in St. Lucie County.
- Applicant(s) must prove ABILITY TO PAY (i.e., Employment, Social Security, Disability, etc.)**
- Net Equity in subject property
- Property Taxes must be current (last 3 years)
- Home Mortgage loans must be current (with proof)
- Primary Applicant cannot have a bankruptcy (past 3 years)
- Can be used for new construction.
- Not available to public buildings or facilities.
- Available for all land use types (e.g., Residential, Commercial, Agriculture, and Industrial)
**SELF and St. Lucie County upgraded Consumer Protections Standards for the local Energize SLC program beyond state law (F.S. 163.08) by requiring residential applicants to prove their Ability to Pay.
Eligible improvements include Clean Energy (e.g., solar PV), Energy Efficiency (e.g., A/C), and Wind Hazard Mitigation (e.g. Roofs, Windows).
Chuck Washington (Program Manager)
SELF also provides project management from start to finish, including: pre-screening all contractors to verify applicable licenses, insurance and a good track record; reviewing quotes to prevent price-gouging; and, coordinating with local building officials and homeowners before making final payment to the contractors.
What is Energize SLC?
St. Lucie County’s Property-Assessed Clean Energy program is a local government sponsored alternative financing program to make renewable energy and wind resistance improvements to qualifying properties.
Energize SLC financing is a voluntary land secured assessment and is paid back over time on the property tax bill.
Financing is secured by equity in the subject property and remains with the property and not the owner.
Energize SLC financing is not a personal or business loan and no credit check is required for the program.
In 2014, SELF created and began administering the only non-profit Property Assessed Clean Energy program in Florida for St. Lucie County.
Now in 2022, St. Lucie County’s Property Assessed Clean Energy Program will has rebranded as Energize St. Lucie County.
The same great loans, with a fresh new name!
What are the eligibility requirements?
Property owners must have equity in the subject property and be current on property taxes over the previous three (3) years.
Is the Energize SLC program free?
No. Funding from the Energize SLC program is not free. To participate, you must meet all Eligibility Requirements and have the Ability to Pay all applicable fees, principal, and interest. Energize SLC assessments are paid through annual installments as an additional non-ad valorem line item on your property tax bill. When the assessment is paid in full, the lien and line item will be removed.
Do I pay interest for the financing?
Yes. The Energize SLC program provides 100% upfront financing and charges interest over the selected repayment term. Interest rates are adjusted quarterly by Inland Green Capital LLC, in accordance with the Financing Agreement with St. Lucie County and federal Treasury bill rates.
Are there any other costs?
Yes. The Energize SLC program charges up-front fees based on a percentage of total project costs and administration fees based on a percentage of annual payments. Applicants may pay upfront fees at the time of approval or roll these fees into the principal, which is payable each year with interest during the repayment term. Please note the local government administrative fees are charged annually as a part of the tax collection process.
Please closely review the Financing Estimate and all applicable fees for your Energize SLC assessment before making a final decision.
How do I repay the Energize SLC funds?
Repayment of Energize SLC funds occurs through a voluntary assessment on your property tax bill. If you have a mortgage, your lender may include the property taxes and assessment in your monthly escrow payment. If so, your monthly mortgage payment will increase accordingly. Note that your mortgage lender will typically not make the adjustment until they receive the first tax bill with the Energize SLC assessment. Please contact your lender for immediate adjustments.
What happens if I have trouble making the increased tax payment?
Do not proceed with an Energize SLC assessment unless you have the ability to pay the principal, interest, and fees. If you default on your Energize SLC program obligations, by failing to pay your property taxes, a tax certificate will be sold on the subject property. After two years of unpaid tax certificates, your property could be sold through the Tax Deed Application process.
Can I refinance my home while I still am making payments to the Energize SLC Program?
Energize SLC liens may impede your ability to refinance your mortgage loan or to receive a mortgage loan modification. Some lenders will not enter into new loan terms while an Energize SLC program lien is assessed against the subject property. You may be required to prepay the Energize SLC assessment as a requirement to refinancing, and prepayment fees will be charged on the outstanding balance of the Energize SLC assessment.
Can I sell my home before I have paid off the Energize SLC Program lien?
The Energize SLC program lien is automatically transferred to the buyer when you sell the home; however, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs may not insure mortgages with Energize SLC assessments. Lenders are not required to accept Energize SLC program liens. As a result, you may be required to prepay the Energize SLC assessment as a requirement to selling the subject property, and prepayment fees will be charged on the outstanding balance of the Energize SLC assessment.
What documents do I need to apply?
- Completed Application with Signature(s)
- Promise to Pay – Energize SLC Application & Title Search Fee Form
- Copy of Photo Identification of all signers
- Proof of Income supported by one or more of the following documents: Most current 2 months’ pay-stubs and/or W2 forms, Social Security and/or Disability Statement(s), Retirement statement(s), Rental Agreement for rental income.
- Self-Employed/Commission Borrowers must provide most current 2 years of tax returns (1040 forms and 1120’s when applicable) or 6 months of bank statements. (Include all pages and schedules & Profit and Loss statements.
- Copy of 3 Current Mortgage Statements (Most Recent 90 days)
- 30 Day Lender Notification Letter