Green Mountain Energy Company Seeking Texas Non-Profits to Apply for Solar Array Donations

Green Mountain Energy Company Seeking Texas Non-Profits to Apply for Solar Array Donations

Company’s Big Texas Sun Club® will choose 2011 recipients in August

AUSTIN, Texas – Green Mountain Energy Company, the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy, is seeking Texas non-profit organizations interested in hosting and owning a solar energy system in 2011. Green Mountain is donating solar array systems to qualifying Texas non-profits through its Big Texas Sun Club®. The company is inviting organizations who want to be considered for future Big Texas Sun Club solar installations to apply online by Friday, July 30, 2010.

Big Texas Sun Club

The mission of the Big Texas Sun Club is to fund, build and promote solar power in Texas, while assisting socially-responsible organizations to reduce their environmental footprints. Big Texas Sun Club members are Green Mountain customers who voluntarily pay an additional $5.00 on their monthly electricity bill to support solar development and education throughout Texas. The solar installations help non-profits reduce their carbon footprint and promote renewable energy in the surrounding community.  

Since 2002 when the Big Texas Sun Club launched, Green Mountain and its customers have donated 23 solar arrays in Texas, which are capable of generating about 200 kilowatts (kW) of solar. These solar arrays have avoided 2.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions over their lifetime! This is equivalent to taking 84,000 cars off the road for a day or nearly 800,000 households turning off all of their lights for a day.  

“Green Mountain Energy Company’s mission is to change the way power is made,” said Paul Markovich, President of Residential Services for Green Mountain Energy Company. “Each solar array we install through the Big Texas Sun Club helps us achieve that mission and give back to the local community.”

Existing Big Texas Sun Club Solar Arrays
Solar facilities made possible by Big Texas Sun Club members include: Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (Houston), Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Texas State Aquarium (Corpus Christi), Houston Zoo; Museum of Nature & Science (Dallas); Ballroom Marfa ; Texas State Technical College (Harlingen), Eastfield College (Mesquite), Satori Elementary School (Galveston); Chinquapin School (Highlands, Texas), Waco Chamber of Commerce; McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Ronald McDonald House of Austin; and Habitat for Humanity homes in Dallas and Houston.

An additional three solar arrays will be installed through the Big Texas Sun Club during 2010 including: the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth; Dallas Children’s Theatre in Dallas, and the daVinci School in Dallas. In addition, solar hot water units will be installed on five homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Houston.

About Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain, the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy and carbon offset solutions, was founded in 1997 “to change the way power is made.” The company is the longest serving green power marketer in the U.S. and in 2009 was ranked the “Highest in Business Customer Satisfaction with Retail Electric Service” by J.D. Power and Associates.1 Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of clean electricity products from renewable sources such as wind and water, as well as a variety of carbon offset products. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid over 11.3 billion pounds of CO2 emissions. For more information, visit

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1Green Mountain Energy Company received the highest numerical score among business electric service retailers in Texas in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Texas Business Retail Electric Provider Satisfaction StudySM. Study based on responses from 2,231 businesses measuring 7 retailers and measures opinions of businesses with their electric service provider. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed May-June and September-October 2009. Your experiences may vary. Visit