Waco, TX – The Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ is planting a new source of solar energy at World Hunger Relief with a $30,000 donation to install solar panels at the non-profit’s farm later this summer. The organization will incorporate this new source of renewable energy into their educational programs and sustainable agriculture trainings. The Sun Club is a unique program enabling Green Mountain Energy Company’s residential customers and employees, including many in the Waco area, to donate solar power to non-profits like World Hunger Relief.
World Hunger Relief is a non-profit organization committed to providing education in agriculture and community development with the goal of alleviating hunger around the world. Their farmland in Waco hosts community trainings, provides educational programs to individuals and communities to live sustainably and advocate on behalf of the poor, and partners with both local and international sustainable development programs. The Sun Club solar array donation will enable the organization to reduce their energy costs and fund more educational programs, events, and trainings, allowing them to further expand their reach.
“Sustainability is our main crop here at World Hunger Relief, and we’re thrilled to be able to continue our educational programs with the help of this new renewable energy source,” said Matt Hess, executive director, World Hunger Relief. “This solar donation from the Sun Club is extremely important to our mission and our message, and will help us expand our impact working with communities in need.”
The solar array will be installed on the organization’s new pavilion and save the non-profit money on its electricity bills. The savings will go right back into programs which address the problem of world hunger. The panels will also be featured in various school tours, field trips from visiting organizations, and Farm Day events, educating the organization’s 5,000 annual visitors on the importance of renewable energy, and its service to World Hunger Relief.
“Each Sun Club donation helps a deserving non-profit, but this donation in particular will expand our reach by helping communities around the world,” said Tony Napolillo, Sun Club Program Manager, Green Mountain Energy Company. “World Hunger Relief’s mission has established it as a leader of sustainability, and we’re thrilled to see our members’ donations contribute to the worthy cause of ending world hunger.”
World Hunger Relief provides real-life sustainable agriculture training to organizations and individuals who then take these lessons to developing countries for implementation. The farm serves as a real-life teaching ground, providing Agriculture and Food Systems Internships to individuals who feel called to address hunger locally and across the world. Some of the sustainability practices present at the farm include the collection of rain water for reuse, expansive composting methods, and the use other sustainable technologies, serving as an example of environmental consciousness to the communities they serve, often in remote and developing nations.
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World Hunger Relief
World Hunger Relief, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to the alleviation of hunger around the world committed to equipping individuals to work with communities in developing sustainable farming techniques, motivating individuals and communities to live sustainably and advocate on behalf of the poor, and partnering with local and international sustainable development programs. World Hunger Relief’s philosophy is to live simply, helping those who struggle to meet their basic needs by sharing and investing in others. For more information, visit www.worldhungerrelief.org.
Green Mountain EnergyTM Sun ClubTM
Green Mountain EnergyTM Sun ClubTM is a program where Green Mountain residential customers in New York, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as Green Mountain employees across states have the opportunity to give back to deserving non-profit organizations through the promotion of solar power. Direct monthly contributions from customers go toward the funding of solar installations. Since the program’s founding in 2002, Sun Club members have helped install more than 550 kilowatts of solar power, preventing more than 850,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year. That’s like planting 100 trees every year! For more information, visit www.gmsunclub.com.
Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain is the nation’s longest-serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. Founded in 1997, the company is a green power pioneer and celebrates more than 15 years delivering on the mission to “change the way power is made.” Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity, as well as carbon offsets and sustainable solutions for businesses. One of Green Mountain’s largest customers is the “world’s most famous office building,” the Empire State Building in New York City. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 24.5 billion pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Visit us online at www.greenmountain.com.