Solar Power Helps Shine a Light on 9/11 Tribute

Six years after a solar array donation to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club continues to connect people to the planet while being part of a magnificent tribute to the many lives lost in the 9/11 tragedy.

Housed in the Urban Lantern, the Museum’s welcoming beacon, is an 8,000-pound exterior structural column from the World Trade Center’s North Tower, which was destroyed in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The tribute exhibit features a panel that supported three floors (101-103), two stories above the center of the impact zone. It has been installed vertically, just as it was positioned in the tower. It is the largest World Trade Center artifact in Texas.

The display, free to Museum visitors, offers guests an opportunity to reflect about what took place that day while remembering the many lives that were lost and severely impacted during this incredibly significant moment in American history.

In 2011, the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club donated a 10.2 kW solar array to the Museum, helping to reduce its energy costs and carbon footprint while educating visitors about the benefits of solar power.

“We are incredibly honored and humbled to play a small role in this beautiful display,” said Jason Sears, executive director of Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. “The Museum has made great strides toward sustainability while creating powerful exhibits that move the community and make a profound impact.”

The solar array, located on the roof of the Museum, provides 20,100 kilowatt-hours each year and can offset over 26,600 lbs. of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere. It would take 1,590 trees to take that much CO2 out of our air. Electricity produced by the array can provide enough electricity in one year to power the Museum’s Urban Lantern for eight years.

To see the impact Sun Club has made for other local communities, visit the Sun Club recipients page, and for general information or to apply for a sustainability grant for your nonprofit, visit gmsunclub.com.

Visit the Museum’s site to learn more about the 9/11 Tribute Exhibit: A Place to Remember, Reflect and Learn.