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VSECU Financing for Catamount Solar Customers

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VSECU is committed to helping members make smart investments in their homes and communities. We’ve teamed up with Catamount Solar to offer special discounted rates to maximize your solar investment savings.

 

 

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    Home Equity

    If you have equity in your home and your home is located in Vermont, our Energy Equity Loan may be a great option for you. By using the equity in your home, you can finance your upgrades at a discounted loan rate and possibly save money on utilities in the process.

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    Personal Loans

    For those who don’t have equity in their home or don’t want to use it, we have two additional options that can help reduce your overall project costs with discounted loan rates. Our 20-year option can open up cash flow by allowing you to stretch out your payments over an extended period of time.

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Home Equity Loan Option

Do you have equity in your home? You can use your home’s equity to get a discounted loan rate on energy upgrades that can offset your monthly utility bills. Speak with your tax advisor to determine if the interest on this loan is tax-deductible.

TYPE: Less than or equal to 90% combined loan to value
TERM: 180 months (15 years)
APR AS LOW AS*: 1.99%

INSTRUCTIONS: Dring the application process, the 1.99% option will not appear.

  • Select the 15-year Energy Equity Loan at the standard VSECU rate.
  • Answer yes to “Are you applying for an Energy Equity vendor loan program option?”
  • Complete three additional questions regarding your project.

Your credit score will be pulled automatically during the application process. If your score is 680 or higher, you will receive the 1.99% interest rate offered by the vendor participation loan program.

APR = annual percentage rate. APR is effective as of 02/08/2020. Rates and APRs listed are only available to qualified customers with a minimum credit score of 680. Other rates and terms available based on individual credit standing and term. Payment information does not include amounts for taxes and insurance premiums – if applicable, actual payment obligation will be greater. As an example, a $20,000 loan at 1.99% APR would result in 180 monthly payments of $128.61. Example payments are for estimation purposes only. Actual loan payment amount will be disclosed at loan closing and may differ slightly. Other terms may be available. 

 

To determine how much you can borrow, you first need to know the total equity in your Vermont or New Hampshire home (only Vermont properties are eligible for certain partnership programs). The equity in your home is the difference between the value of your home minus all other outstanding balances on your existing mortgage. VSECU will determine the amount of equity you can borrow using one of the following options:

1. Your current tax assessment (published property tax bill) plus a current photo of the home. This option is used when the loan amount is $200,000 or less and the combined loan to value is less than or equal to 90% (in other words, the loan is 90% of the home’s value).

2. A certified professional residential real estate appraisal report, which VSECU will order for you (appraisal fee applies). This option will be used if the loan amount is greater than $200,000 and/or the combined loan to value exceeds 90%. When using the appraisal value, you can borrow a maximum of $250,000.

The minimum amount for this loan is $5,000.

How to apply

If you need additional assistance, you can contact a VSECU lending consultant at [email protected] or 1-802-371-5146 for more information.

Personal Loan Options

This loan is for purchases eligible for the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit. Within the first 15 months, you may apply your tax credit to the principal of your VGreen ITC Loan, or you may use the credit to pay down higher-interest debt and let your ITC Loan payments re-amortize to a higher monthly payment at the same fixed rate.

TERM: 84 months (7 years)
APR AS LOW AS: 3.99%
MAXIMUM LOAN AMOUNT: $60,000

TERM: 144 months (12 years)
APR AS LOW AS: 3.99%
MAXIMUM LOAN AMOUNT: $60,000

You can apply your tax credits and other incentives to the loan to reduce your loan principal. This special feature further reduces your costs and maximizes your energy savings.

APR = annual percentage rate. APR is effective as of 1/1/2020 and reflects the current minimum APR offered. Payment amount subject to change after the initial 15 months based on tax credits or other credits applied to principal or re-amortization of the outstanding balance. As an example, a $20,000 loan at 3.99% APR would result in 15 initial monthly payments of $125.47. If 30% of the loan amount is applied to the principal during the first 15 months, the monthly payment would remain approximately the same for the remaining term of the loan. If the principal is not paid down with a tax credit or other payment, the outstanding loan balance at the end of the 15-month period will re-amortize to $182.64 per month for the remaining 129 months. Other rates and terms may be available. Rates and APRs listed are only available to qualified customers with a minimum credit score of 680. Other rates and terms available based on individual credit standing and term. Minimum loan amount is $5,000. Example payments are for estimation purposes only. Actual loan payment amount will be disclosed at loan closing and may differ slightly.

Designed to finance larger solar purchases, the unsecured 20-Year Energy Improvement Loan has discounted fixed rates and an extended term. You’ll benefit from an investment that can help you save money over the long run and provides consistent monthly loan payments.

TERM: 240 months
APR AS LOW AS: 5.49%
MAXIMUM LOAN AMOUNT: $60,000

You can apply your tax credits and other incentives to the loan to reduce your loan principal and re-amortize to reduce your monthly payments.

APR = annual percentage rate. APR is effective as of 9/1/2018 and reflects the current minimum APR offered. The APR may be adjusted based on individual credit standing and term. Minimum loan amount is $10,000. The following example is for estimation purposes only: a $20,000 loan at 5.49% APR would result in 240 monthly payments of $137.46. Actual loan payment amount will be disclosed at loan closing and may differ slightly. Rates and APRs listed are only available to qualified customers with a minimum credit score of 680. Other rates and terms available based on individual credit standing and term.

How to apply

If you need additional assistance, you can contact a VSECU lending consultant at [email protected] or 1-802-371-5146 for more information.

Do you live and work outside of Vermont?

You can become eligible for the program by joining Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA).

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Get Started

Applying is easy with our two-step process. Simply contact your Catamount Solar advisor and submit your loan application. Click on the appropriate button to begin.

Energy Equity Loan
Apply for Home Equity
ITC or 20-Year Energy Improvement Loan
Apply for Personal Loan