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Business Savings Accounts

Save money and offset carbon.

Put Your Business Funds to Good Use

Do you know what your savings supports? Many of the larger conventional mega-banks are continuing to fund fossil fuels and your dollars may be contributing to the climate crisis. When you bank with us, your business’ dollars are supporting the environment and a better tomorrow by putting your funds to good use. Each dollar you save will help save the planet by supporting the clean energy movement.

Climate-Friendly Banking with Great Benefits

 

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$5 minimum balance

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No monthly maintenance fees

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Higher interest earned for higher balances

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Up to six transactions per month

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Free online & mobile banking access

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Free ACH transfers to & from your accounts at other financial institutions

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Free e-statements available via online banking

See required documentation for opening a business account here.

What is the Impact of Your Dollars?

Calculate the carbon offset of your accounts.

Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

Business Solutions requires certain business-governance documents (the operational rules) for your business. The documents required—and what goes in them—will vary based on the structure of your business and any applicable state and local requirements. Consulting with business counselors, attorneys and accountants can prove helpful. Specifics on the documentation needed can be found here.

First, see if you’re already eligible to join Clean Energy Credit Union by being a part of our “field of membership,” which currently includes:

  1. A member of one of the following organizations:  
    1. African-American Credit Union Coalition
    2. American Solar Energy Society
    3. Association of Energy Service Professionals
    4. Colorado Renewable Energy Society
    5. Denver Electric Vehicle Council
    6. Electric Auto Association
    7. Engineers for a Sustainable World
    8. EVHybridNoire
    9. Georgia Solar Energy Association
    10. Green America
    11. GreenHome Institute
    12. Illinois Solar Energy Association
    13. Midwest Renewable Energy Association
    14. Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
    15. Polar Bear Sustainable Energy Co-op
    16. RENEW Wisconsin
    17. Renewable Energy Owners Coalition of America
    18. Solar United Neighbors
    19. Texas Solar Energy Society
    20. Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy
  2. An employee or volunteer of one of the following organizations:  
    1. Clean Energy Credit Union
    2. Our Climate
    3. 350 Colorado
  3. A member of the immediate family or household of someone who is eligible via one of the above options or of someone who is already a member of Clean Energy Credit Union

If you’re not already eligible to join Clean Energy Credit Union, you can consider joining one of the above organizations. On your membership application, you can request that Clean Energy Credit Union sign you up for a membership with the Solar United Neighbors free of charge or request that Clean Energy Credit Union sign you up for a one-year membership with the- American Solar Energy Society and deduct the associated $10 membership fee from your opening account balance. Click here to learn more about the field of membership partner organizations listed above.

After confirming your eligibility, you would then open a “share account” (i.e. savings account) with a $5 minimum deposit which would serve as your ownership share in Clean Energy Credit Union. Once someone becomes a member of the Credit Union, they are a member for life. Click here to join Clean Energy Credit Union.

In case it helps, here’s some background on what a credit union “field of membership” is: although credit unions provide similar services as banks, they are different from banks in many ways. For example, a credit union is a not-for-profit, financial services cooperative that exists solely to serve its members and to fulfill its mission, whereas a bank exists to maximize financial returns for its stockholders. Another difference is that a bank can serve the general public whereas a credit union can only serve its “field of membership,” which is defined by regulators as the people and entities that are legally eligible to join the credit union. Ultimately, a credit union’s field of membership is comprised of one or more groups of people and entities that all have something in common that binds them together in some way. Many credit unions have a field of membership that includes people who work for a certain employer, or who live in a certain geographic area, or who are members of the same professional association or religious organization.

Because we are a federally chartered credit union, all deposits will be federally insured up to the allowable limits (e.g. up to $250k per person or per organization). This makes opening a deposit account or buying a “clean energy CD” far less risky than any other kind of investment in the clean energy sector. Furthermore, with low minimum investment thresholds, regular people—not just big financiers—will be able to leverage their dollars to support clean energy through safe, sound investments.

All deposits in Clean Energy Credit Union are insured by the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF). According to Wikipedia: “[The NCUSIF] is administered by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) for the purpose of providing deposit insurance to protect deposits of credit union members at insured institutions in the United States. It was created in 1970 shortly after the creation of the NCUA as an independent regulator of credit unions. The NCUSIF is funded completely by participating credit unions, and no taxpayer dollars have ever been used to bail out a credit union. The NCUSIF is backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government.”

Savings accounts require a $5 minimum balance to maintain the account (and to maintain your membership in the Credit Union). Checking accounts require a $25 minimum deposit to open the account, but no ongoing minimum monthly balance is required. Money market accounts require a $500 minimum balance to maintain the account.

If you have a checking account and a debit card, you can make up to five free ATM withdrawals per month from any of 32,000+ MoneyPass® shared ATM machines throughout the USA (and international travelers can use any of 2.1 million Cirrus ATM’s worldwide where fees may apply). You can download the MoneyPass® mobile app to locate the nearest network ATM. You can also use your debit card to get free cash back at the “point of sale” (e.g. when making a purchase at your local grocery store).

There are a variety of ways you can utilize our services including:

  • Online Banking: You can access your accounts securely from any computer with our user-friendly online banking platform. Members can easily:
    • View account balances and up to 90 days of transaction history
    • Transfer funds between your Credit Union accounts or other U.S. financial institutions
    • Schedule or cancel transfers, and track transfer history
    • Leverage Bill Pay services
    • Manage your debit card with card controls
  • Mobile App: Our secure mobile app also allows you to manage your account from your tablet or mobile phone. Download the app and get access to:
    • Mobile check deposit
    • Account balances and transactions
    • Schedule bill payments
    • Transfer money between your accounts
    • Locate ATM and shared branch locations
    • Leverage Bill Pay services
  • Shared Branches: Our shared branch network allows members to perform a range of transactions at other credit unions throughout the country. Find a location near you.
  • Mail: You can mail checks for deposit to us at Clean Energy Credit Union PO Box 4233 Englewood, CO 80155

An ACH transfer refers to any electronic movement of money between different financial institutions that goes through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network, one of the biggest U.S. payment systems that has been around for almost 40 years. ACH transfers are commonly used for online bill pay, direct deposit, and transferring funds between financial institutions. For example, PayPal and Venmo, both use the ACH network. ACH transfers are more convenient and less expensive than wire transfers, which typically incur fees from both the sending and receiving financial institutions.

At Clean Energy Credit Union, ACH transfers are free for members. They are also typically free for at other financial institutions. However, it can take 1-3 days for transferred funds to be received and available for withdrawal.

Sometimes the size of an electronic transfer or mobile check deposit will exceed our standard limits. To request an increase to your transfer or deposit limits, contact us at info@cleanenergycu.org or 720.479.7900.

Open a Business Savings Account

Start saving more for your business while protecting the planet.