The Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ trekked west this week to bring some much-needed sunshine to far West Texas. As Tuesday’s cold-front blew in, the Sun Club squad jumped in their hybrid and drove out to Marfa to visit an old friend.
The Sun Club first came to Marfa in 2009, when it installed a 5.25-kilowatt solar array on the roof of Ballroom Marfa, a dynamic, contemporary cultural arts space that provides a lively intellectual environment in the relatively isolated West Texas region. That solar array is still helping to power the town’s pillar of arts and culture, and we were excited to share the story with Marfa Public Radio.
As the sun began to break through the clouds, the Sun Club team headed over to Alpine Public Library, the first of many great non-profits we’ll be announcing for solar dedications in 2014, in Alpine, Texas. The $25,000 donation will go toward the purchase and installation of a solar array on the roof of the library that will help offset the energy costs of its new building. The library was named the #2 best small library in the country this year, and the Sun Club is excited to work with this organization over the next year on a donation that is sure to bring new renewable energy education opportunities to the region.
To wrap up its West Texas solar tour, the Sun Club and its members “flipped the switch” on its recently installed solar donation at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI) in Fort Davis. The 26 photovoltaic solar panels help power CDRI’s Education building and were made possible by a $30,000 donation from the Sun Club earlier this year.
The night concluded with a star party on the CDRI grounds hosted by the Big Bend Astronomers group, where Sun Club members and guests were able to gaze at the sun’s neighboring stars shining brightly in the vast skies over the desert.