July 12 was a great day for the Green Mountain EnergyTM Sun ClubTM in Texas! A team from Green Mountain, about 100 Sun Club members and their guests, the staff of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and 1,000 concert attendees were on hand to officially dedicate six solar powered trams donated by the Sun Club.
The trams, which are used to transport guests with difficulty walking around the world-renowned gardens, each host a solar array on their roof. During the day the arrays charge the batteries with pollution-free energy from the sun. This is the 34th solar donation dedicated from the Sun Club and the first not attached to the roof of a building or installed in the ground.
The three larger trams were fitted with 460-watt (W) solar arrays that collect enough energy from the sun to power the cart with renewable energy for 10 miles at a time, while the three smaller trams utilize 190-W arrays and can run about 7 miles between charges. With these trams, the Dallas Arboretum offers a mode of transportation that reflects its commitment to sustainability while uniquely showcasing and educating visitors on renewable energy.
As part of the celebration, Sun Club members in the DFW area were invited to an exclusive member-appreciation event prior to the dedication. They were treated to free entry, guided tour, Sun Club update, reception with Green Mountain staff, and seating for the summer concert series. A few members were also selected to help officially “flip the switch” dedicating the new solar trams. For more information on the beautiful and unique Dallas Arboretum, please visit www.dallasarboretum.org.
The Sun Club is a program only for Green Mountain customers in Texas and New York. For only $5 a month charged to your electricity invoice, you can help us donate solar energy systems to worthy non-profits like the Arboretum, Habitat for Humanity and many others. In the past 10 years the Sun Club has made 34 solar donations in Texas and New York. For more information or to sign-up, visit www.gmsunclub.com.
To view more photos of the Dallas Arboretum event and beautiful Chihuly exhibit, visit our Flickr album.