How can I learn more about the Sun Club?
The video below explains the story of Green Mountain Energy as well as the Sun Club. Feel free to share it!
Can anyone recommend non-profits to be considered for a Sun Club sustainability grant?
Absolutely! We encourage everyone, especially Green Mountain customers and Sun Club members, to spread the word about this great charity for non-profits in your community. Encourage your favorite non-profits to apply online and be considered for a future Sun Club donation to fund a sustainability project.
Are my contributions to the Sun Club tax deductible?
Although the Sun Club has submitted an application to the IRS for recognition as a tax exempt organization, until such time as the application is approved, the Sun Club will be unable to assure donors that contributions will be tax-deductible for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Contributions made to the Sun Club while the application is pending will qualify if the application is ultimately approved by the IRS. However, if the application is disallowed, contributions to the non-profit will not qualify.
Where can I find the priority call center phone number if I lose my Sun Club welcome kit?
Texas members can find the priority phone number on their Green Mountain Energy electricity invoices. Customers outside of Texas on the Pollution Free Gold plan will need to call the regular Green Mountain customer care line and ask for a Sun Club representative for future reference.
Can I cancel my membership in the Sun Club at any time without penalty?
Yes, at this time, only Green Mountain’s Texas customers have the option of donating to the Sun Club non-profit on a monthly basis through their electricity bills. There is no obligation to remain in the Sun Club. You can cancel your membership and donations at any time and with no penalty.
What do I get when I support the Sun Club?
Texas Sun Club members:
Texas customers who choose to make a $5 monthly contribution to the Sun Club on their Green Mountain Energy electricity invoice receive:
- A priority customer service number, available only to Sun Club members
Green Mountain Energy Customers Outside of Texas:
Green Mountain Energy makes a monthly donation to the Sun Club on behalf of every Green Mountain retail electric customer outside of Texas. As a result, hundreds of thousands of dollars are donated to the Sun Club each year to put towards sustainability projects for great non-profits around the country.
In addition, anyone anywhere may make a one-time donation to the Sun Club ranging from $5-$250 through the Sun Club website.
How can I join the Sun Club?
If you’re a residential Green Mountain Energy electricity customer in Texas, you can also sign up on My Account for a recurring donation of $5 per month added to your electricity bill.
In addition, you can make a one-time, personal contribution to the Sun Club at the Contribute page.
Outside of Texas:
You’re already supporting the Sun Club thanks to Green Mountain’s monthly donation on behalf of every customer outside of Texas! You can also make a one-time, personal contribution to the Sun Club on the Contribute page.
Solar & Sustainability Project Donation Application Questions
What is required to be considered as a solar donation recipient?
See the basic requirements on the Apply for a Donation page.
Does the Sun Club help its recipient organizations find the right installer for their solar installations and sustainable projects?
The Sun Club is very experienced with the solar installation bidding process and has worked with several solar installers. The Sun Club is happy to assist the recipients in identifying an installer.
For other sustainable projects, the Sun Club is also willing to assist the recipients in identifying a vendor.
How long will a solar array last?
The expected useful life of a typical system is usually around 25 years.
What type of maintenance is required for a typical solar array?
Because there are no moving parts, very little. Photovoltaic panels require infrequent cleaning to remove any built-up dirt, pollen, or other materials that can reduce the efficacy of the system.
How much insurance is needed to own a solar facility?
That will vary from installation to installation. You should speak to your own insurance agent for information about insurance coverage and costs.
Can my organization apply for a solar energy donation at any time?
Yes, we are always accepting new applications for solar energy donations. However, recipients for the next calendar year are chosen in the summer of the previous year. A call for applications is typically sent out in the spring or early summer requesting applicants before the deadline. Any applications received after the deadline will be considered for the following year.
Can my organization apply for a Sun Club sustainability grant at any time?
Yes, the Sun Club is always accepting new applications for sustainability grants. New recipients will be chosen on a rolling basis by the Sun Club board of directors.
How big are the donations given away each year?
The size of each donation depends on the need of the organization receiving a grant, the number of applicants and the available funds collected from our generous supporters. Past donations have ranged from a few thousand dollars to $140,000. Whenever possible, the Sun Club will also work with the installer to help the recipient receiving a Sun Club sustainability grant to take advantage of grants and rebates available from third parties to help make the sustainability grant go even further.
Does the Sun Club donate funds to purchase solar electric arrays only?
No, the Sun Club has donated funds for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, solar water heaters, solar-powered trash compactors and vehicles, solar lights and solar educational materials. With the Sun Club’s expanded mission we are now ready to consider funding other sustainability projects, such as those that conserve and improve water quality, create more energy efficient offices for the non-profit recipients, promote environmental protection, manage and reduce waste and much more! We are open to new ideas from creative non-profit organizations interested in utilizing and promoting solar energy and sustainable living.
Does the Sun Club donate the actual solar facility or project and own it?
The Sun Club donates the funds for the recipient organization to purchase, install, or enact the sustainability project. The non-profit receiving a sustainability grant owns and is responsible for the project, along with any contracts or warranties with installer and manufacturer. The non-profit receiving a grant is also responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the project if applicable.
Can I apply for a sustainability grant for my home?
Sorry, no. Solar donations are reserved for non-profit organizations with socially responsible missions. The exception to this rule is on a home for low-income individuals built through a non-profit, such as Habitat for Humanity.