Main Street Theater is proud to be Houston’s own “solar theater!”
Last week, the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club® helped Main Street Theater celebrate their 40th anniversary by “flipping the switch” on a new 23.5 kilowatt solar array at their newly renovated theater. The panels are a result of a $100,000 donation made by the Sun Club earlier this year.
Main Street Theater’s sustainable addition includes 64 panels on the roof of the theater and an additional 13 panels on the face of the building for a total of 77 solar panels. The solar array is expected to produce nearly 32,000 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity every year, which is like powering three homes annually. The energy savings will help offset some of the costs to power the theater’s many productions.
Main Street Theater was founded in 1975 to provide stimulating opportunities for Houstonians to engage with the performing arts while providing meaningful and challenging professional work for Houston theater artists. Main Street is a staple in the local Houston community, is known for its articulate and compelling productions, and provides memorable theatrical experiences for audiences of all ages. The theater’s MainStage program produces intimate literary plays for adults, and the Theater for Youth program produces engaging productions based on children’s literature for families and school groups. Through the non-profit’s Education Department, Main Street Theater also offers educational and outreach programs such as year-round classes and camps for local youth.
Leadership from the Sun Club and Main Street Theater, along with the theater’s donors, officially dedicated the new solar array on Thursday, Oct. 15 during a special sneak peek event showcasing the theater’s newly renovated Rice Village building.
Green Mountain Energy was the first retailer dedicated to cleaner energy when the market deregulated in 2002. When the Sun Club was founded that same year, it was named the “Big Texas Sun Club” to bring solar power to Texas non-profits. Since then, the Sun Club has become an official non-profit organization and has donated more than 80 solar and sustainability projects to non-profits across Texas and in Green Mountain Energy markets in the Northeast, with 13 solar projects in the Houston area alone. Other local Sun Club projects include Camp Hope/PTSD Foundation, University of Houston and the Houston Food Bank.
Non-profit organizations interested in applying for a sustainability grant 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.
Thank you to all of our Sun Club donors for supporting the Sun Club’s mission and helping making donations like this one at Main Street Theater possible. Click here to make a one-time, tax deductible donation to the Sun Club or visit www.gmsunclub.com to learn more.