Names of nine recipients revealed, solar energy installations to begin in 2014
Austin, TX – The Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ embarked upon a “Solar Road Trip” today to donate Â a total of $285,000 to nine non-profit organizations across Texas for solar energy and educational content. Over the next week, the Sun Club team will visit many of these recipients to recognize the work they do and present them with a check to help install onsite solar projects in 2014. The Sun Club is a unique program enabling Green Mountain Energy Company’s customers and employees to contribute funds to non-profits to install solar energy and provide renewable energy education.
The Sun Club program has donated over $2.3 million and 600 kilowatts of solar power to more than 50 non-profits since 2002. These solar donations continue to give back to non-profits for years after the initial installation as they consistently help reduce electricity costs, enabling these organizations to better serve the community. By harnessing the power of the sun, non-profits have access to an abundant, pollution-free source of electricity: more energy from the sun falls on the earth in one hour than is used by everyone in the world in one year.
“Green Mountain has been providing renewable energy to homes and businesses with the mission to change the way power is made since 1997. TheÂ Sun Club has furthered that mission by helping to build solar energy systems for non-profits,” said Tony Napolillo,Â Sun Club Program Manager. “One by one, we’ve worked with incredible organizations to support sustainable best practices, educate on renewable energy, and contribute to the important work they do in each of their communities. These projects are a testament to our customers’ and employees’ long-lasting commitment to renewable energy, and we look forward to an even brighter future.”
2014 Sun Club Texas Recipients Announced
Sun Club donation recipients are chosen based on their need, mission, and passion for educating the community on the importance of renewable energy. Â Donation amounts and timing vary based on the type of solar installation.Â The following non-profit organizations in Texas have been selected to receive Sun Club solar donations for 2014:
Camp Hope (Houston) $50,000 – ptsdusa.org
Texas Theatre (Dallas) $30,000 – thetexastheatre.com
Stonewall Jackson Elementary School (Dallas) $20,000
Dallas Academy (Dallas) $30,000 – dallas-academy.com
Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches) $30,000 – sfasu.edu
Boys & Girls Club of Central Texas (Killeen) $35,000 – bgctx.org
Alpine Public Library (Alpine) $25,000 – alpinepubliclibrary.org
Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas (Bayview) $35,000 – gsgst.org
Sea Turtles, Inc. (South Padre Island) $30,000 – seaturtleinc.org
Follow the Sun Club Solar Road Trip and updates on the installations at gmsunclub.com.
Pictures from the donation events will be added to Green Mountain Energy’s Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greenmtnenergy/
Green Mountain EnergyTM Sun ClubTM
Green Mountain EnergyTM Sun ClubTM is a program empowering Green Mountain residential customers and employees to donate solar power to sustainably minded non-profit organizations.Â Since the program’s founding in 2002, the Sun Club has helped install more than 600 kilowatts of solar power, which could avoid more than 924,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year. That’s like planting 110 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. The company was founded in 1997 with the mission to “change the way power is made.” Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products 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 emissions.
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