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Business Observer Monday, Jul. 13, 2020 4 months ago

Financial institution to open ‘net zero’ branch

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The energy-efficient location in Trinity will be the first such branch for Achieva Credit Union.

TRINITY — Achieva Credit Union is building its first-ever “net-zero” branch in Trinity, with completion expected in September. 

Net-zero buildings are structures that generate enough energy to cover their power consumption for the entire year. 

According to a news release, Achieva’s new 4,000-square-foot branch, located at the intersection of Trinity Boulevard and State Road 54, will achieve net-zero status via solar panels on the roof that convert energy from the sun into electricity. The rooftop-mounted, 72-panel solar array will both power the building and shade the roof.

“Trinity is thriving and we see this new branch as a great opportunity to become an engaged member of this growing community,” Achieva COO Jennifer Galley states in the release. “As we continue to open new branches, we are looking for ways to streamline designs and increase overall efficiency to ensure we’re best utilizing our members’ investment. We’re excited to see this ‘net zero’ concept come to life.”

Dunedin-based Achieva Credit Union has more than 20 branches spanning the Gulf Coast from Pasco County to Collier County. It has $1.72 billion in assets, 160,000 members and more than 400 employees. 

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