AFC First Financial Corp. of Allentown has received national recognition for its Keystone Home Energy Loan Program, Keystone Help.
The lender manages the state program, which provides low-cost financing options to Pennsylvania residents to perform energy saving improvements in their homes.
The Alliance to Save Energy presented AFC with the 2013 Andromeda Star of Efficiency Award at its annual awards dinner in Washington, D.C.
"It honors the whole public-private partnership," said Peter Krajsa, chairman and CEO of AFC. "It shows that government and private companies can work well together for the greater good."
Keystone Help was created in 2005 by AFC and the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund. It expanded statewide with support from the Pennsylvania Treasury, the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.
Krajsa said there is a network of more than 1,600 independent energy contractors working under the program.
To date, more than $100 million in financing has gone to more than 11,000 Pennsylvania homeowners to fund energy efficiency home improvements.