Environmental Protection

Energy Company Wants to Donate Solar Arrays

Green Mountain Energy Company is looking for non-profit organizations in Texas interested in hosting and owning a solar energy system in 2010.

The company is donating solar array systems to qualifying Texas non-profits through its Big Texas Sun Club. Organizations that want to be considered for future installations should apply online at www.bigtexassunclub.com by Aug. 21.

The Big Texas Sun Club is a voluntary program that Green Mountain customers can join for a $5 monthly fee to raise funds for the construction of new solar projects in Texas and education about solar energy. Since 2002, the Big Texas Sun Club has installed 16 solar arrays.

"Green Mountain Energy Company's mission is to change the way power is made," said Paul Markovich, senior vice president of Residential Services for Green Mountain Energy Company. "Each solar array we install through the Big Texas Sun Club helps us achieve that mission and give back to the local community."

Solar facilities made possible by Big Texas Sun Club members include: Ballroom Marfa; Satori Elementary School in Galveston; Workshop Houston; the Waco Chamber of Commerce, the Houston Zoo; The Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas; the Ronald McDonald House of Austin; and Habitat for Humanity homes in Dallas and Houston. The 16 existing Big Texas Sun Club solar arrays are responsible for creating nearly 157 kW of solar power which, in one year, prevents the emission of over 408,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2). This is the equivalent of not driving 453,000 miles or as much as 24,000 trees would absorb in one year, or recycling 163,000 newspapers.

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