Solar Panels Powering More Meals at Houston Food Bank

The Houston Food Bank increased its solar capacity by “flipping the switch” on 160 new solar panels donated by Green Mountain Energy Company this week, giving the site a total of 440 panels. The rooftop solar array at the food bank’s warehouse is expected to provide 154,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy annually, which the Houston Food Bank estimates will generate enough savings to provide for nearly 30,000 additional meals every year.

We owe our Green Mountain residential SolarSPARC®  program customers a big THANK YOU for making this solar power donation possible by signing up for the company’s SolarSPARC®  electricity plan, which helps support the adoption of solar energy. Green Mountain contributes $4 per month on behalf of each Texas SolarSPARC customer to help accelerate the adoption of solar energy in Texas, giving great organizations, like the Houston Food Bank, the opportunity to go solar! Eligible customers can learn more and enroll at

The Houston Food Bank and Green Mountain have also entered into a Sustainable Business Partnership, where Green Mountain will help evaluate their building efficiency and offer solutions aimed at increasing the Houston Food Bank’s environmental sustainability.

In addition to the new panels at the Houston Food Bank, Green Mountain’s SolarSPARC program has provided funding for a 10-kilowatt solar array at the Green Mountain Energy® Wind Farm—Elbow Creek near Big Spring in West Texas.

“We know our customers embrace renewable energy and solar in particular,” said Mark McShane, vice president of Texas Retail, Green Mountain Energy Company. “The SolarSPARC program enables all customers to help us ‘change the way power is made’ by increasing demand for solar and leveraging our experience in renewable energy to offer Texans more clean electricity options.”

UPDATE, July 2018: Elbow Creek Wind Farm is closing down operations.

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