Lighting the Way to Solar for a Community Greenhouse

Lighting the way to a sustainable solution, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club donated $40,000 to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the East Park Revitalization Alliance (EPRA) for a 10-kilowatt solar array. The solar array will power the electric greenhouse heaters, fans and safety lights with 100% renewable energy. But it doesn’t end with solar energy. The greenhouse will produce about 40,000 seedlings a year for neighboring gardens, helping give underserved people throughout Philadelphia greater food security. Opening doors to environmental education, the greenhouse allows Strawberry Mansion High School students to learn about sustainability and alternative energy.

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The Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center is part of EPRA’s network of gardens in the Strawberry Mansion community. It is a community greenhouse and garden that gives students and residents access to fresh produce and educational opportunities. To learn more about EPRA and how you can help support it, please visit epralliance.org.

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 Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center possible. Click here to make a one-time, tax-deductible donation to the Sun Club or visit www.gmsunclub.com to learn more.

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