Art Museum of South Texas Receives 25.38 kW Solar Array from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club

The Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi is now partially powered by the sun, thanks to the Green Mountain Energy Sun Clubsm.  The Sun Club donated $140,000 to the museum to fund its first solar array system, which is installed on the museum’s roof above the entrance and visible to visitors.

The Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi is now partially powered by the sun, thanks to the Green Mountain Energy Sun Clubsm.  The Sun Club donated $140,000 to the museum to fund its first solar array system, which is installed on the museum’s roof above the entrance and visible to visitors.  The Art Museum of South Texas is located on the Corpus Christi Bayfront and was founded with the mission to advance the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for residents and visitors of South Texas.  They present a variety of programs which include classes, lectures, films, performances and other activities which inspire community interest in the visual arts.

The museum’s new 25.38 kilowatt (kW) solar array, the second one donated by the Sun Club in Corpus Christi, is believed to be the largest in the city and the first to power an art museum in South Texas. It will help reduce the museum’s carbon footprint and energy costs, as well as be used to educate visitors (almost 87,000 each year!) about the benefits of solar energy.

More than 30,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity will be produced by the array each year by converting sunlight into pollution-free electricity. This will help offset over 42,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year, which is like taking over 1,300 cars off the road for a day or 12,000 houses turning off all their lights for a day!

An educational kiosk, including a sign about the environmental benefits of the array, information about solar energy, and a real-time display of the system’s energy output, will be placed inside the building. A monitoring web site will also be linked to the array to display real-time energy output data that anyone with Internet access can view.

Thank you to Sun Club members for your membership and for helping make this solar donation possible!  For more info about past solar donations or to become a member, visit www.gmsunclub.com.