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SELF surpasses $1M raised this year

ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) is pleased to announce that the non-profit community lending organization has secured more than $1 million in new loan capital this fiscal year from multiple non-governmental sources, including banks, faith-based organizations, impact investors and international crowd-funding efforts.

Vying For Vets

Veterans for sustainability, an idea generated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is taking shape and moving across the country.

We are hoping to be both the model and the catalyst,” says Brian Sales of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Green Veterans Group. As one of the group’s two founders, Sales speaks emphatically about the program that helped him reintegrate into civilian society after 10 years in the U.S. Army Infantry.

SELF Expanding Into The City of Orlando

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.

Low cost loans available to improve energy efficiency at PSL homes, businesses

Low cost loans available to improve energy efficiency at PSL homes, businesses

Posted: Oct. 31, 2014

The Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) is a non-profit organization that helps St. Lucie County residents and businesses finance energy efficiency projects at low cost. They are offering a credit restoration seminar on Nov. 5, at their office in Fort Pierce and have two programs in St. Lucie County to provide low cost loans for energy-related property improvements.

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Anthony Westbury: Grassroots financing helping those who need it the most

Anthony Westbury
4:00 AM, Jul 25, 2014
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What do 117 strangers in 11 countries on five continents, and 29 states in this country, have in common?

In the space of less than a week, they banded together to lend two Treasure Coast women they’ve never met enough money to buy $12,000 worth of new air conditioning equipment.

Michael Goforth: Global crowd funding for energy loans comes to Treasure Coast

An international nonprofit created to help alleviate poverty by way of the Internet and the phenomenon of crowd funding soon will be helping struggling families on the Treasure Coast.

The Solar and Energy Loan Fund, which was founded in St. Lucie County in 2010 to help residents reduce their home energy costs, has recently become a partner with Kiva, which was created in 2005 in the San Francisco area by young, socially conscious entrepreneurs with initial links to Stanford University.