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St. Petersburg, Florida Partnership Supports Clean Energy

St.  Lucie County, FL – The City of St. Petersburg has announced a partnership with the non-profit Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) to help meet its pledge to power the community with 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

SELF is a community-based lending organization that provides homeowners with access to low-cost financing for energy efficiency upgrades, clean energy alternatives, and wind resilience. To date, SELF has helped more than 700 families finance $6 million in home improvement projects in 63 jurisdictions in Florida, with more than 2/3 of the lending activity in low- and moderate-income census tracts, 50% for seniors, 40% for women, and 20% for veterans. SELF also helps local general contractors and energy companies finance more projects at a reduced cost.

SELF’s Executive Director, Doug Coward, said, “Our mission-driven lending programs help underserved and underbanked communities gain access to microloans with favorable interest rates to finance sustainable home improvement projects.”

SELF will leverage city resources with several million dollars in low-cost loan capital from faith-based organizations, banks, and private investors in order to finance a minimum of $3 million of sustainable home renovations in the city over the next 3 years.

Sharon Wright, Sustainability & Resiliency Manager for the City of St. Petersburg, said, “The City is taking major steps toward mitigating climate change and framing resiliency around social equity and economy, and SELF will help poor and working class families participate and benefit from these initiatives and opportunities contributing to our overall resiliency efforts.”

More Information:
St. Petersburg's Integrated Sustainability Action Plan
SELF Executive Director - Doug Coward, (772) 468-1818,

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