—Nation’s longest-serving renewable energy retailer celebrates Earth Month with new solar plan—
HOUSTON – April 22, 2019 – In celebration of Earth Month, today Green Mountain Energy announced its customers prevented more than 9.9 billion pounds of carbon dioxide in 2018 by choosing cleaner electricity and carbon offset products – 1.3 billion more pounds than in 2017. For perspective, that’s like removing nearly one million cars from roadways or turning lights off in 10.5 million households for a year.
Since its inception in 1997, Green Mountain Energy customers have collectively avoided more than 73 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of planting 8.6 million trees, pointing toward growing consumer interest in clean energy solutions.
“It’s amazing to reflect back every year on Earth Day to celebrate the collective strides we’ve made for the environment,” said Mark Parsons, vice president and general manager of Green Mountain Energy. “Our carbon dioxide offset number continues to grow thanks to customers choosing clean energy from renewable resources, like the sun and wind.”
To further support this mission, Green Mountain recently launched its first electricity plan that offers customers the choice to power their homes with 100 percent solar electricity generated in Texas. The Go Local Solar plan, inspired by the farm-to-table movement, harnesses electricity from Texas-based solar parks, providing both homeowners and renters local solar power with no rooftop installation.
The company also continues to form unique sustainability partnerships with nonprofits and commercial businesses across the country to implement energy solutions that protect the planet and deliver important cost savings. These partnerships, which include Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and AMLI Residential reflect a shared commitment to learning and leadership in the efficient and sustainable use of resources.
In addition, the Green Energy Mountain Sun Club supports nonprofit organizations seeking to enhance their own sustainability goals while reinforcing Green Mountain’s mission to use the power of consumer choice to change the way power is made. The Sun Club is funded by Green Mountain customers, the company and its employees. Over the past year, the Sun Club awarded grants to numerous nonprofits for projects including the planting of fruit trees at an elementary school with Trees for Houston, a solar-powered pavilion and sustainability education program with the New York Botanical Garden, and energy-efficient LED lighting for the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.
Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain Energy Company 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 a simple 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. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid more than 73 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. To learn more about Green Mountain, visit greenmountainenergy.com.