Ladybugs Take Flight on Austin Trail

A group of 7,500 ladybugs, also known as a “loveliness,” flew into the flora and fauna at Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake this week to protect the plants and help preserve the trail’s beauty this summer. How did all 7,500 get there, you might ask?

Green Mountain employees released the ladybugs in celebration of a customer that avoids 7,500 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year by using solar panels to power her home!


Here’s her story:

Karen Cripe lives in Round Rock and has been a Green Mountain Energy customer since July 2010. She has solar panels installed on the roof of her home, and hasn’t had to pay an electricity bill since early 2011 thanks to her home’s solar array and our renewable energy buyback plan. When she called Green Mountain to donate a portion of her bill credit to an energy assistance program, we wanted to do something special to honor her.

“Taking care of the environment has always been important to me, and I signed up with Green Mountain so that I could power my home knowing that I was making a more positive impact,” said Karen. “It makes me so happy to know that my bill credit is making it easier for someone else make that same impact.”

The ladybugs took flight around 7:30 PM on the Trail as the sun was setting. You can find more pictures of the “loveliness” on our Flickr.