Florida credit union’s Eco-friendly branches flourish

Suncoast CU reinforces its energy conservation commitment

Florida’s largest credit union has reinforced its commitment to energy conservation by opening a sixth eco-friendly branch.

A new branch at $6.3 billion asset Suncoast Credit Union in Tampa features geothermal air conditioning and heating systems, 40-kilowatt solar power panels, high-efficiency interior and exterior lighting, roof foam, and block wall insulation.

While building an environmentally friendly branch costs between 8% and 10% more than traditional construction, Suncoast believes the investment will pay off.

The credit union—which serves 17 counties and more than 641,000 members—expects to save up to $1,200 a month in electrical costs because the branch uses 80% less electricity annually than a standard building.

“Broadening and diversifying our energy sources will help Suncoast operate more efficiently—and we believe it makes good business sense as well,” says Earl Brendle, vice president of facilities.

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