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A grass-roots approach to financing the clean energy movement.

Please join us in supporting the clean energy movement! Together, we can make a difference for our environment and our economy.

WHAT IS CLEAN ENERGY CREDIT UNION?

We’ve started a new financial and lending institution called Clean Energy Credit Union, focused solely on loans that help people afford solar electric systems, electric vehicles, home energy efficiency retrofits, electric-assist bicycles, net-zero energy homes, etc.  Clean Energy Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial services cooperative and a federally chartered credit union. As a cooperative, it’s democratically owned and controlled by its members on a one-vote-per-member basis.

Our short video (embedded at the top of this page) explains it best.

Still have questions? Learn more about Clean Energy Credit Union or contact us via cleanenergycu.org.

 

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Clean Energy Credit Union’s success.

What will we do with $100,000?

Each dollar you donate enables us to accept 14 additional dollars in federally-insured deposits from credit union members! As a result, every dollar donated to this campaign translates to $15 in outgoing clean energy loans. Your donation essentially becomes part of a revolving loan fund whereby we can reuse it to make clean energy loans again and again in perpetuity. While Clean Energy Credit Union is by design a self-sustaining 501(c)(1) tax-exempt organization, your donation will expand its operations, positive impact, and clean energy lending faster than it otherwise could. 

 

 

What makes Clean Energy Credit Union different and worthy of your support?

Lots! But in short, we’re the only ones using federally insured deposits exclusively to help credit union members obtain great loans for clean energy products and services. The combination of the following features meaningfully differentiates us from other credit unions, banks, and clean energy lenders.

  • Unique, values-aligned mission and thematic focus on clean energy
  • Tax exempt, not-for-profit status
  • Federally insured deposits (up to $250,000 per member)
  • Online-only banking means we can pass on low operating costs to members in the form of better loan terms
  • Democratic, cooperative business model that serves credit union members instead of bank stockholders
  • Longstanding expertise and key partnerships within the clean energy industry

 

What are the recommended donor levels?

$25 LEVEL

  • Minimum donation amount
  • No associated gift/reward
  • Transaction cost (if credit card): $1.03
  • Net proceeds to Clean Energy Credit Union: $23.97 (96%)
  • Eligible amount for tax-deductible charitable contribution:  $25

 

$40 LEVEL

  • Includes a one-year membership to ASES which is the only requirement for initial membership in the Clean Energy Credit Union
  • Approximate fulfillment cost (with discount): $10
  • Transaction cost (if credit card): $1.46
  • Net proceeds to Clean Energy Credit Union: $28.54 (71%)
  • Eligible amount for tax-deductible charitable contribution:  $40 (because gift/reward is paid for by others)
  • Donor is given the option to decline the gift/reward

 

$75 LEVEL

  • Includes a one-year membership to ASES which is the only requirement for initial membership in the Clean Energy Credit Union
  • Includes a custom-designed, mission-focused T-shirt, donor is given the option to select T-shirt size and gender
  • Approximate fulfillment cost (includes ASES membership and T-shirt + shipping): $28.70
  • Transaction cost (if credit card): $2.48
  • Net proceeds to Clean Energy Credit Union: $43.82 (63%)
  • Eligible amount for tax-deductible charitable contribution:  $75 (because gift/reward is paid for by others)
  • Donor is given the option to decline the gift/reward

 

Clean Energy Credit Union T-Shirts

 

 

$150+

  • Includes a one-year membership to ASES which is the only requirement for initial membership in the Clean Energy Credit Union
  • Includes a custom-designed, mission-focused hoodie or T-shirt, donor is given the option to select size
  • Approximate fulfillment cost (includes ASES membership and hoodie + shipping): $49.50
  • Transaction cost (if credit card): $4.65
  • Net proceeds to Clean Energy Credit Union: $95.85 (64%)
  • Eligible amount for tax-deductible charitable contribution:  $150 (because gift/reward is paid for by others)
  • Donor is given the option to decline the gift/reward

 

Clean Energy Credit Union Hoodie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 




NOTES:
1) All donations above $250 will receive a tax receipt

2) Following the end of this campaign, donors qualifying for rewards should watch for an email from us requesting the necessary reward fulfillment information (e.g. contact information, shipping address, shirt size, etc.)

 

What’s next?

In 1-2 months, when Clean Energy Credit Union officially launches, please become a member in order to:

  1. Gain access to low interest loans for clean energy products and services.
  2. Gain access to federally insured savings accounts and “clean energy CDs” that earn competitive interest rates
  3. Put your money where your conscience is: leverage your savings to simultaneously support:
    • independent clean energy businesses
    • adoption of clean energy technologies
    • the fight against climate change

 

Thank you for helping to support Clean Energy Credit Union!

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    Jerry Gorde $ 25.00

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    W J Barnett Jr $ 100.00

    "Looking forward to see you start operations! I know it's been a challenge over the past 3-4 years!"

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    Will Murray $ 150.00

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    John Chitty $ 25.00

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    Zachary Godat $ 5.00

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    Philip E Joseph $ 75.00

    "Great work! Happy to be a part of it."

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    Hunter Barto $ 25.00

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    Lesley Bell $ 40.00

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    Stephen Fenberg $ 40.00

    "This is so exciting. Good luck with the launch!"

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    Molly O Ross $ 500.00

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    James Goff $ 25.00

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    Jennifer Kramer-Wine $ 40.00

    "Yay! Sunshine!"

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    Eric Blank $ 40.00

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    Eric Wittenberg $ 200.00

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    Andrew Truitt $ 40.00

    "We're excited to join!"

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    John W Gingrich $ 25.00

    "Good luck!"

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    David Brearley $ 25.00

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    Jim Welch $ 75.00

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    Elliott K Larson $ 75.00

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    Megan LM Larson $ 75.00

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    Eric Concannon $ 100.00

    "Can't wait for this to go live for members!"

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    Aaron Dawson $ 25.00

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    Jeff Lauckhart $ 75.00

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    Dane Glueck $ 100.00

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    Lawrence L Emerson $ 150.00

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    Jennifer Kassan $ 25.00

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    Daniel Simon $ 25.00

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    Loren Rodgers $ 200.00

    "So thrilled you are doing this! A grassroots, market-oriented approach to making the world better. "

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    alan melamed $ 100.00

    "Wishing you great success "

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    KIMBERLY A COUPOUNAS $ 25.00

    "So inspiring! In honor of B Corps"

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    Robert V Coppolillo $ 10.00

    "great work! "

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    Leigh Taylor $ 40.00

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    Robert Geisler $ 100.00

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    barbara smith $ 100.00

    "Good luck!"

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    Shawn Berry $ 25.00

    "i am so grateful that you are doing this!"

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    Jim McCarthy $ 250.00

    "Congratulations and welcome! Trailhead Credit Union - Portland, OR"

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    PETER J DIGNAN $ 40.00

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    Scott Budde $ 250.00

    "Nice Work!"

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    Greg Pitts $ 40.00

    "This is a great idea!"

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    Clean Energy Credit Union $ 75.00

    "test Blake Jones"

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    James Leach $ 40.00

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    Ronal W Larson $ 250.00

    "We are ready to make a larger deposit."

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    Brent Hueth $ 25.00

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    Steven J Schueth $ 150.00

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    Andrew Kassoy $ 25.00

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    Stephen T Pagenstecher $ 25.00

    "So happy to support your amazing cooperative!"

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    Patrick K Malone $ 75.00

    "Way to go, Team! Having been a part of the Permaculture Credit Union, I feel excited about this new creation. Thank you and may the wind be at your back!"

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    Leslie Glustrom $ 150.00

    "Thank you. This is a wonderful step forward for the clean energy movement! "

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    Cameron Madill $ 250.00

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    Frank Jackson Rhodes $ 100.00

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    Andrew J Locke $ 25.00

    "Great work!"

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    Channing porter $ 50.00

    "Unless you've been in a renewable energy business with a true focus on doing what's right for the consumer, it's hard to understand how immensely valuable and needed this concept is and how revolutionary it can be when we all get behind it."

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    Dan Kester $ 100.00

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    Richard Coen $ 30.00

    "Option D with tweaks"

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    Admin Kyle $ 150.00

    "Loving this. Keep up the great work. ~Kyle (WorthWild cofounder)"

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    C Michael Litzau $ 150.00

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    steven hegedus $ 150.00

    "I am already a ASES life member and don't need any more t shirts. So please don't send any of these rewards. "

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    k weickhardt $ 40.00

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    Charles R Boardman $ 75.00

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    john shaw $ 50.00

    "Go Bills!"

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    Clifford Rosenthal $ 150.00

    "Congratulations on this long-awaited launch!"

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    Laurie Stone $ 80.00

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    Christopher Kemm $ 50.00

    "This world needs more credit unions"

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    Ronald J. Binz $ 75.00

    "Thanks, Paul Melamed for telling me about this."

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    bruce plenk $ 75.00

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    Paul B Melamed $ 50.00

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    Nathan Schneider $ 50.00

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    Stanley William Florek $ 40.00

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    Jessica Pearse $ 40.00

    "Congratulations on getting to this amazing milestone!"

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    Susan E Wiley $ 40.00

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    Brad Klafehn $ 100.00

    "When you open the CU for real, I want to talk - I'm very interested in making a sizeable contribution."

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    Brett Astor $ 150.00

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    Julie Kelly $ 50.00

    "Hooray for the environment!!!! Thanks Blake, for being so willing to save the planet, even if 45 isn't. "

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    Daniel Joseph $ 100.00

    "Great work"

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    Jason Wiener $ 40.00

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    Christopher Economos $ 25.00

    "good luck!"

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    Tracee Curtis $ 40.00

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    Daniel T Yechout $ 25.00

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    Briana Morris $ 25.00

    "Go team go!"

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    Logan E Singletary $ 40.00

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    Jim Johnson $ 1000.00

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    Karen Wallace Johnson $ 1000.00

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    Matthew G Herman $ 40.00

    "Congratulations on the charter! "

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    Emily Applegate $ 25.00

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    Nicole DeBoom $ 40.00

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    Chase VISA $ 100.00

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    Michael Hartupee Jr $ 40.00

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    Natural Investments $ 500.00

    "A fantastic innovation in renewable energy finance"

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    Andrew H McCalla $ 40.00

    "Godspeed!"

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    Michael T O'Brien $ 39.00

    "Go, go, go!"

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    Mykel Emrich $ 150.00

    "Go Get 'em!"

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    Robert H OHara $ 75.00

    "Thank you and love all that you do!"

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    Dylan T Lucas $ 150.00

    "I am super excited to be able to let my money passively work at creating a world that doesn't need saving, as I actively fight every day, designing solar systems. Moving my money out of pipelines and into solar arrays as soon as you get up and running!"

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    Elizabeth Laughlin $ 150.00

    "Great idea - excited to see it come to life!"

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    Brian Kirtland $ 25.00

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    Amanda Bybee $ 100.00

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    Peter Loftsgordon $ 20.00

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    Clean Energy Action $ 500.00

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    JEFFREY RECKER $ 25.00

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    Douglas Gregory $ 75.00

    "Good luck. I am eager to set up a bank account"

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    Paul Herendeen $ 25.00

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    gary groff $ 75.00

    "So excited to see this happening!"

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    Mona Newton CORE $ 75.00

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    Ruby C $ 30.00

    "Good luck Blake! "

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    Nathan Phelps $ 40.00

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    Nikki Goldstein $ 25.00

    "Way to go Blake!"

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    John Cleland $ 100.00

    "Nice work!"

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    Derek Hydon $ 150.00

    "Good luck!"

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    Ryan Honeyman $ 150.00

    "Awesome work Blake!! Excited to rep the CECU with my new hoodie :)"

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    Richard B. Jones $ 150.00

    "Here's my part in reaching the goal!"

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    Jennifer M Hampton $ 75.00

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    Wayne Willis $ 75.00

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    Bruce H DeBoskey $ 75.00

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    Cooper Williams $ 25.00

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    Jake Brady $ 25.00

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    Lora Saputo $ 100.00

    "Good Luck Blake!"

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    Judy Farneti $ 25.00

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    Nancy K Jacobowitz $ 25.00

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    Dale Weber $ 50.00

    "I have great expectations/high hopes - would love to have green IRA & green child college fund accounts"

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    Todd W Jones $ 25.00

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    Rick Hunter $ 40.00

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    Barbara Masoner $ 50.00

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    Elizabeth Astor $ 75.00

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    Richard Miller $ 75.00

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    James N Williamson III $ 25.00

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    Stephen J Kane $ 75.00

    "Yay CECU!"

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    Matthew G Johnson $ 75.00

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    Joshua Tatel $ 75.00

    "Well done!!! "

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    Jessica R Hodge $ 25.00

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    Eric M Meyer $ 40.00

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    Michael Payton $ 50.00

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    David Kirk $ 40.00

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    William Martin $ 100.00

    "Fantastic concept. Happy to help change the world. "

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    Molly Williams $ 25.00

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    Samuel K Mason $ 50.00

    "Thanks to the team for all your hard work in getting this exciting project off the ground. I am so excited to be a part of this."

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    Luke Simmons $ 50.00

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    Terri Mickelsen $ 25.00

    "Testing Again"

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    Clean Energy Credit Union $ 25.00

    "Blake Jones, Donation 12"

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    "Blake Jones, Donation 11"

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    "Blake Jones, Donation 10"

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    "Blake Jones, Donation 9"

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    "Blake Jones, Donation 8"

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    "Blake Jones, Donation 7"

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    "Blake Jones, Donation 6"

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    "Blake Jones, Donation 5"

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    "Blake Jones, Donation 4"

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    Clean Energy Credit Union $ 50.00

    "Blake Jones, Donation 2"

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    "Blake Jones, Donation 2"

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    Clean Energy Credit Union $ 40.00

    "Blake Jones, Donation 1"

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    Terri Mickelsen $ 100.00

    "Can't wait until you are open!!"

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    Clean Energy Credit Union $ 25.00

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    Anonymous $ 25.00
    Good luck
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    Anonymous $ 300.00
    I am a current member of ASES
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    Anonymous $ 75.00
    Happy to support you guys doing something great!
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    Great work!
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    Hope you make your/our Goal!
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    Anonymous $ 25.00
    Thank you!!

A grass-roots approach to financing the clean energy movement.

Please join us in supporting the clean energy movement! Together, we can make a difference for our environment and our economy.

WHAT IS CLEAN ENERGY CREDIT UNION?

We’ve started a new financial and lending institution called Clean Energy Credit Union, focused solely on loans that help people afford solar electric systems, electric vehicles, home energy efficiency retrofits, electric-assist bicycles, net-zero energy homes, etc.  Clean Energy Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial services cooperative and a federally chartered credit union. As a cooperative, it’s democratically owned and controlled by its members on a one-vote-per-member basis.

Our short video (embedded at the top of this page) explains it best.

Still have questions? Learn more about Clean Energy Credit Union or contact us via cleanenergycu.org.

 

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Clean Energy Credit Union’s success.

What will we do with $100,000?

Each dollar you donate enables us to accept 14 additional dollars in federally-insured deposits from credit union members! As a result, every dollar donated to this campaign translates to $15 in outgoing clean energy loans. Your donation essentially becomes part of a revolving loan fund whereby we can reuse it to make clean energy loans again and again in perpetuity. While Clean Energy Credit Union is by design a self-sustaining 501(c)(1) tax-exempt organization, your donation will expand its operations, positive impact, and clean energy lending faster than it otherwise could. 

 

 

What makes Clean Energy Credit Union different and worthy of your support?

Lots! But in short, we’re the only ones using federally insured deposits exclusively to help credit union members obtain great loans for clean energy products and services. The combination of the following features meaningfully differentiates us from other credit unions, banks, and clean energy lenders.

  • Unique, values-aligned mission and thematic focus on clean energy
  • Tax exempt, not-for-profit status
  • Federally insured deposits (up to $250,000 per member)
  • Online-only banking means we can pass on low operating costs to members in the form of better loan terms
  • Democratic, cooperative business model that serves credit union members instead of bank stockholders
  • Longstanding expertise and key partnerships within the clean energy industry

 

What are the recommended donor levels?

$25 LEVEL

  • Minimum donation amount
  • No associated gift/reward
  • Transaction cost (if credit card): $1.03
  • Net proceeds to Clean Energy Credit Union: $23.97 (96%)
  • Eligible amount for tax-deductible charitable contribution:  $25

 

$40 LEVEL

  • Includes a one-year membership to ASES which is the only requirement for initial membership in the Clean Energy Credit Union
  • Approximate fulfillment cost (with discount): $10
  • Transaction cost (if credit card): $1.46
  • Net proceeds to Clean Energy Credit Union: $28.54 (71%)
  • Eligible amount for tax-deductible charitable contribution:  $40 (because gift/reward is paid for by others)
  • Donor is given the option to decline the gift/reward

 

$75 LEVEL

  • Includes a one-year membership to ASES which is the only requirement for initial membership in the Clean Energy Credit Union
  • Includes a custom-designed, mission-focused T-shirt, donor is given the option to select T-shirt size and gender
  • Approximate fulfillment cost (includes ASES membership and T-shirt + shipping): $28.70
  • Transaction cost (if credit card): $2.48
  • Net proceeds to Clean Energy Credit Union: $43.82 (63%)
  • Eligible amount for tax-deductible charitable contribution:  $75 (because gift/reward is paid for by others)
  • Donor is given the option to decline the gift/reward

 

Clean Energy Credit Union T-Shirts

 

 

$150+

  • Includes a one-year membership to ASES which is the only requirement for initial membership in the Clean Energy Credit Union
  • Includes a custom-designed, mission-focused hoodie or T-shirt, donor is given the option to select size
  • Approximate fulfillment cost (includes ASES membership and hoodie + shipping): $49.50
  • Transaction cost (if credit card): $4.65
  • Net proceeds to Clean Energy Credit Union: $95.85 (64%)
  • Eligible amount for tax-deductible charitable contribution:  $150 (because gift/reward is paid for by others)
  • Donor is given the option to decline the gift/reward

 

Clean Energy Credit Union Hoodie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 




NOTES:
1) All donations above $250 will receive a tax receipt

2) Following the end of this campaign, donors qualifying for rewards should watch for an email from us requesting the necessary reward fulfillment information (e.g. contact information, shipping address, shirt size, etc.)

 

What’s next?

In 1-2 months, when Clean Energy Credit Union officially launches, please become a member in order to:

  1. Gain access to low interest loans for clean energy products and services.
  2. Gain access to federally insured savings accounts and “clean energy CDs” that earn competitive interest rates
  3. Put your money where your conscience is: leverage your savings to simultaneously support:
    • independent clean energy businesses
    • adoption of clean energy technologies
    • the fight against climate change

 

Thank you for helping to support Clean Energy Credit Union!