Brightening a Famous Texas Park with Solar

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is a famous park in the Texas Hill Country, known for its giant pink granite dome. Now, it will also be known for its solar power. Bringing the park a solar solution, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club donated $40,000 for the purchase and installation of a 12-kilowatt solar array that will be located at the park’s headquarters. The solar array offsets about 50% of the energy usage at the headquarters, resulting in less energy costs and more park enhancements. Park visitors now have the opportunity to learn about sustainability and alternative energy before they start exploring, while they check in at the park’s entrance.

Photo Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Photo Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Enchanted Rock is part of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, an organization that offers outdoor activities and strives to protect the Texas environment. To learn more about Texas Parks & Wildlife and how you can help support it, please visit tpwd.texas.gov.

Since its founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated more than $4 million to sustainable programs focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency and resource conservation in numerous Texas communities and markets in the Northeast. Contributions to the Sun Club come from Green Mountain Energy Company’s residential customers in Texas, Green Mountain Energy Company, its employees and other Sun Club supporters who believe in the program’s mission to support local non-profit organizations through solar and sustainability projects.

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 the Sun Club® supporters for believing in the mission and helping make donations like this one at Enchanted Rock possible. Click here to make a one-time, tax-deductible donation to the Sun Club or visit www.gmsunclub.com to learn more.

Photo Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Photo Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department