Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Donates More than $110,000 in April
Green Mountain Energy began its Sun Club in 2002 in an effort to fund, supply and build solar power for non-profit organizations across the country. In April alone, the renewable retail electricity provider’s Sun Club program donated $113,000 to three non-profits in Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The Sun Club is a voluntary program in which Green Mountain Energy’s residential customers are able to contribute to the advancement of solar power for non-profits across electricity deregulated areas in the nation.
Brookhaven College – Dallas County, TX
Brookhaven College, in Dallas County, Texas received $60,000 to fund the college’s first solar array system. The college is also receiving an educational display in an effort to inform its 12,000 students how the solar systems produce energy and help the environment.
Thom Chesney, President of Brookhaven College stated in a press release, “This generous donation from the Sun Club will not only help us reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, but also help us teach our students about the importance of sustainable energy sources, and solar in particular.” The college is a participating member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the college strives to teach and push its students and the surrounding community to make a commitment to improving the environment.
Greystone Foundation – Yonkers, NY
Set up by Yonkers, NY Greystone Bakers, the Greystone Foundation is a non-profit that serves non-profit and for-profit companies in Yonkers, NY to help citizens find jobs, enhance workforce development, youth services, and healthcare. The foundation received a $33,000 donation to provide solar power to the Greystone Bakery and educational information to the surrounding community. The solar system will generate roughly 10,000 kWh of green energy and avoid more than 11,800 pounds of CO2 each year.
Greystone Bakery was also named the first recipient of the Sun Club Solar Leaders Award for its effort to incorporate their solar power into their initiatives and serve as a role model for organizations looking to adopt more sustainable practices.
Greensgrow Farms – Philadelphia, PA
Greensgrow Farms, an urban organic non-profit farm in Philadelphia, received a $20,000 donation from Sun Club to fund a solar array system that will be used to power various farm operations. The mission of Greensgrow Farms is to provide fresh, organic produce in an area where it’s hard for urban residents to find. The farm plans to expand its programs and promote the mission of sustainable urban agriculture through the cost savings it will realize through the solar arrays.
Mary Seton Corboy, the Founder and Chief Farm Hand of Greensgrow Farms, stated in a press release: “As an organization that deals directly with the environment and is in fact dependent upon it, sustainable business practices are extremely important to us… We are extremely grateful for this generous donation from the Sun Club and look forward to expanding our reach with the help of this renewable energy source.”
The Sun Club Mission
The mission of Green Mountain Energy’s Sun Club is to fund, build and promote solar power while assisting non-profit organizations with a socially responsible focus to reduce their environmental footprints. The Sub Club has helped install nearly 500 kW of solar power, which has prevented over 3.3 million pounds of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of taking 294 cars off the road for a year.