Deadline approaching for Texas Non-Profits to Apply for 2011 Solar Array Donations from Green Mountain Energy Company

July 30th is final day for non-profits to submit applications to company’s Big Texas Sun Club®


AUSTIN, Texas – Green Mountain Energy Company is reminding Texas non-profit organizations interested in receiving a solar energy system donation in 2011 that the deadline to submit applications is fast approaching. Green Mountain, the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy, 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 at 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 with reducing 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 their surrounding communities.


Since 2002 when the Big Texas Sun Club launched, Green Mountain and its customers have donated and installed 23 solar arrays in Texas, which are capable of generating over 200 kilowatts (kW) of solar. These solar arrays have avoided over 2.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions over their lifetime! This is equivalent to taking about 85,000 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.


2010 Installations

At least three additional solar projects will be donated through the Big Texas Sun Club to worthy non-profits during 2010 including: the Dallas Children’s Theatre in Dallas, the daVinci School in Dallas and 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