The Green Mountain Energy Sun Club® recently celebrated “flipping the switch” on a brand new solar array at Texas Discovery Gardens. Resulting from a $50,000 donation made by the Sun Club earlier this year, the solar array will enhance the gardens’ sustainability initiatives to preserve the environment and protect Texas wildlife.
Texas Discovery Gardens is a 7.5 acre botanic garden located in Dallas’ historic Fair Park. The gardens are sustainably maintained year-round and feature the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium, native and adapted plants, a native wildlife pond, a scent garden and much more.
As the first public garden in the state of Texas to be certified organic by the Texas Organic Research Center, Texas Discovery Gardens has a strong focus on helping preserve the environment. The gardens conserve water through sustainable maintenance methods, and the new solar array donated by the Sun Club will help the gardens become even more sustainable. The 410-square-foot solar array is estimated to produce 8,400 kilowatt-hours annually, which will save Texas Discovery Gardens more than 252,000 kilowatt-hours over the panels’ 30-year life span.
Joined by the public, leadership from the Sun Club and Texas Discovery Gardens officially dedicated the new solar array in a special ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
Non-profit organizations interested in applying for a donation from the Sun Club can now apply for projects under any of the program’s new pillars, including: Renewables – solar, other renewable technologies; Environment – water conservation, air quality, waste reduction, sustainable agriculture; Community – energy efficiency upgrades, green commuting initiatives, public space enhancements; Education – environmental stewardship, promotion of careers in sustainability.
Sun Club donation applications are available on the website.
Thanks to all of our customers and Sun Club supporters for contributing to the program to make solar donations like the one at Texas Discovery Gardens possible!