How can I learn more about the Sun Club?
Watch our short video clip to get a glimpse of the Green Mountain story and the Sun Club mission. Feel free to share it, too!
Can any non-profit be considered for a Sun Club sustainability grant?
Absolutely! You can help by spreading the word about the Sun Club and encouraging your favorite non-profit organizations to apply online.
Are my contributions to the Sun Club tax deductible?
Yes, all contributions to the Sun Club are tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.*
How can I join the Sun Club?
If you're a residential Green Mountain electricity customer, simply log on to your account and sign up for a recurring $5 donation. It will be added to your monthly bill for your convenience. You can also make a single contribution any time online.
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! If you'd like to go a step further, you can make a personal contribution ranging from $5 to $250 any time online.
What do I get when I support the Sun Club?
Texas Sun Club members:
In return for your $5 monthly contribution on your Green Mountain electricity bill, you'll receive expedited customer service through our priority phone line exclusive to Sun Club members.
Supporters Outside of Texas:
Enjoy the satisfaction that comes from knowing you're making a difference. If you're a Green Mountain electricity customer outside of Texas, you don't currently have the option of making monthly contributions to Sun Club on your electricity bill. But you're still supporting sustainability grants through a monthly donation we make to the Sun Club every month on your behalf. You can also make a personal contribution ranging from $5 to $250 any time online.
What number should I call if I have questions about the Sun Club?
The Sun Club priority phone number is listed on your Green Mountain electricity bill.
Supporters Outside of Texas
Call the Green Mountain customer care line and ask for a Sun Club representative.
Can I cancel my membership in the Sun Club at any time without penalty?
Yes, you can cancel your membership and donations at any time without penalty.
Solar & Sustainability Project Donation Application Questions
What is required to be eligible for a sustainability grant from the Sun Club?
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 offers assistance in identifying qualified vendors for sustainable projects. Grant recipients often find our experience with the bidding and installation process to be helpful.
How much insurance is needed to own a solar facility?
Insurance needs vary based on the facility and installation. You should speak to your insurance agent for information about insurance coverage and costs.
How long will a solar array last?
The expected useful life of a typical system is about 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 efficiency of the system. If you live in a humid environment, rainfall may be sufficient to keep your panels clean.
Can my organization apply for a Sun Club sustainability grant or solar energy donation at any time?
Yes, the Sun Club is always accepting new applications for both. Sustainability grant recipients will be chosen on a rolling basis by the Sun Club board of directors.
Recipients of solar energy donations are chosen the summer prior to the calendar year they will be awarded. For this reason, a call for applications is typically sent out in the spring or early summer before the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the following year.
How big are the donations given away each year?
Donation amounts depend on a number of factors, including:
- Needs of recipient organizations
- Number of applicants
- Available funds collected from our generous supporters
Past donations have ranged from a few thousand dollars to $140,000. Whenever possible, the Sun Club works with project installers to ensure grant recipients benefit from rebates and other incentives available through third parties.
Are Sun Club grants limited to rooftop solar installation projects?
No, the Sun Club has donated funds for the installation of solar water heaters, solar-powered trash compactors and vehicles, solar lights and solar educational materials, in addition to solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. We've also expanded our mission to support other sustainability projects that include but aren't limited to:
- Water quality and conservation
- Energy-efficient workplaces
- Environmental protection
- Waste management and reduction
We are open to new, creative ideas from non-profit organizations interested in utilizing and promoting sustainable living through renewable technologies.
Does the Sun Club donate and own the actual equipment for the sustainability projects it supports?
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?
No, solar donations are reserved for non-profit organizations with socially responsible missions. Exceptions may be made in the case of homes for low-income individuals built through a non-profit, such as Habitat for Humanity.
* Green Mountain Energy Sun Club is a non-profit organization formed under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.