Ten non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New York City metro areas starting new solar energy projects in 2015
Pittsburgh, PA – The Green Mountain Energy Sun Club® is donating over $422,000 to ten non-profit organizations across Pennsylvania and New York to fund the purchase and installation of new solar projects that will be completed over the course of 2015. Tony Napolillo, Sun Club program manager, will embark on a “Solar Road Show” today, starting in Pittsburgh, to visit each non-profit donation recipient, recognize the work they do for the community, and award solar grants.
To date, the Sun Club program has donated over $3.4 million to build more than 900 kilowatts of solar power for 75 solar projects since 2002, made possible by contributions from Green Mountain Energy Company’s residential customers, its employees, and the company itself. Sun Club donation recipients are evaluated every year based on their need, mission, and passion for educating their communities about the importance of renewable energy. Donation amounts and project completion timelines vary based on the type of solar installation and needs of the organization, making each project unique.
“Every one of our customers in New York and Pennsylvania helps make these solar projects possible just by choosing Green Mountain Energy Company as their electricity supplier,” said Tony Napolillo, program manager of the Sun Club. “I’m excited to see the positive impact these solar donations will have on our non-profit recipients and our planet. It’s a wonderful example of what we can achieve when hundreds of thousands of people come together towards a common goal.”
2015 Sun Club Non-Profit Recipients Announced
Green Mountain contributes to the Sun Club on behalf of every active customer in Illinois, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. The following non-profit organizations in New York and Pennsylvania have been selected to receive Sun Club donations to install new solar projects in 2015:
- EcoStation:NY, Inc. – Brooklyn, NY // $15,000 for solar-powered generators
- Friends of Brook Park – Bronx, NY // $10,000 for solar-powered generators
- New Rochelle District – New Rochelle, NY // $50,000 for solar-powered public artwork
- Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY // $50,000 for roof-top solar
- Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center – Verona, PA // $50,000 for roof-top solar
- Frick Environmental Center – Pittsburgh, PA // $63,400 for roof-top solar and educational material for onsite workshops
- Millvale Community Library – Pittsburgh, PA // $30,000 for roof-top solar
- Philadelphia Zoo – Philadelphia, PA // $100,000 for solar-powered trams
- Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) – Philadelphia, PA // $40,000 for roof-top solar at East Park Revitalization Alliance’s Ridge and Natrona education space
- Snipes Farm and Education Center – Morrisville, PA // $14,250 for solar-powered chicken coop
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, there are now over 17,500 megawatts of cumulative solar electric capacity operating in the United States, which is enough to power more than 3.5 million average American homes.
“Each solar donation from the Sun Club is a gift that keeps on giving, as the solar technology projects they build use the power of the sun to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, reduce operating costs, and enable these organizations to sustainably serve their communities,” said Mike Starck, managing director of Green Mountain Energy. “By harnessing the power of the sun, these non-profits have access to an abundant, pollution-free source of electricity.”
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Pictures from the donation events will be added to Green Mountain Energy’s Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greenmtnenergy/
Green Mountain Energy Sun Club®
The Sun Club is a unique program that donates solar power to non-profit organizations using contributions from Green Mountain Energy Company and its residential customers and employees. Since the program’s founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated more than $3.4 million to help install over 900 kilowatts of solar power, which has the potential to avoid more than 1.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year. That’s like planting 175 trees every year.
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 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 30.6 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.