Where the Sun Shines
In a city that enjoys 361 days of sunshine each year, solar energy makes sense. The City is committed to the increased usage and production of solar energy, both for municipal operations and the community, in order to help promote a clean, sustainable energy source, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel dependency, and improve community resilience.
The Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF) is a nonprofit organization that provides loans, project management, and a list of approved contractors for home improvement projects to improve energy efficiency, water conservation, and storm preparedness in residential homes. Low-interest loans are available for all Florida homeowner applicants.
SELF focuses on empowering women, veterans, and low- and moderate-income homeowners who may have had trouble getting loans from other sources. Loan applicants will work with SELF staff to choose the project that will have the most impact on lowering utility bills or improving quality of life.
SELF loans can:
- Reduce the cost of electricity and water bills
- Help residents prepare for storms and harsh Florida weather
- Improve residential homes and resident quality of life
- Stimulate the local economy with sustainable, green-geared jobs
- Empower minority-, veteran-, and women-owned businesses in the St. Pete area
- Improve credit worth and future financial stability for applicants
Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is a nonprofit that expands access to solar by educating St. Pete residents about solar energy and helping them organize group solar installations known as solar co-ops. SUN provides unbiased, installer-neutral support through each stage of the process of going solar. Their experienced team ensures residents understand how solar works, how it can be financed, and how it can be installed on a private home.
Co-ops take advantage of the group’s bulk-purchasing power to get discounted pricing and a quality installation. Co-op volunteers choose an installer on behalf of the entire group through an open and competitive bidding process. The selected installer provides everyone in the group with a personalized proposal for their consideration.
There is no cost or obligation when signing up for the co-op.