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 solar energy donations?
Absolutely! We encourage everyone, especially our customers, to spread the word about this great program to non-profits in your community. Encourage them to apply online and be considered for a future solar donation.
Are my contributions to the Sun Club tax deductible?
No, neither Green Mountain Energy Company nor the Sun Club are non-profit organizations. However, 100% of your contributions go to the Sun Club to build and promote solar energy in the communities served by Green Mountain.
Where can I find the priority call center phone number if I lose my Sun Club welcome kit?
Texas Priority Members can find the phone number on their Green Mountain Energy® electricity invoices. New York and Pennsylvania Pollution Free Gold customers will need to call the regular Green Mountain customer care line and ask a representative for it for future reference.
Can I cancel my membership in the Sun Club at any time without penalty?
Yes, there is no obligation to remain in the Sun Club. You can cancel your membership at any time and with no penalty.
What do I get when I become a Sun Club member?
Texas customers who make a $5 recurring contribution on their electricity bill, and New York and Pennsylvania Pollution Free Gold customers, receive:
- A priority customer service number, available only to Sun Club members
- An email newsletter sent periodically with updates on installations and information on solar energy
Members who contribute online will receive thank-you gifts like t-shirts and car magnets, which vary based on the size of the contribution. See the contribution levels and associated gifts.
How can I join the Sun Club?
Everyone can make a one-time personal contribution to the Sun Club at our Contribute page.
If you’re a residential Green Mountain Energy® electricity customer in Texas, you can also sign up on My Account for a recurring contribution of $5 per month added your electricity bill.
Green Mountain makes a $2.50 monthly contribution to the Sun Club for Pollution Free Gold™ electricity customers in New York and Pennsylvania.
Solar 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?
Yes, we are very experienced with the bidding process and have worked with several solar installers we know and trust. We also are happy to leave it up to the organization to handle the bidding process if that is their preference.
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.
How big are the donations given away each year?
The size of each donation depends on the need of the organization, 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, we also work with the installer to help the organization take advantage of grants and rebates available from third parties to help make the donation 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. We are open to new ideas from creative organizations interested in promoting solar energy in all its uses.
Does the Sun Club donate the actual solar facility and own it?
The Sun Club typically donates the funds for the organization to purchase the solar facility. The organization also owns the solar installation and the contract and warranty with the installer and manufacturer. The non-profit is ultimately responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the solar project.
Can I apply for a solar donation 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.