Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Donates $103,000 for Solar Power to 4 New York Nonprofits

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The Green Mountain Energy Sun Club donates $103,000 in solar energy to four New York nonprofits. In addition to helping the recipients lower their electricity costs and better achieve their organizational goals, these donations include educational information on how solar works to help the organizations promote solar energy in the communities they serve.

 

Four New York nonprofits were announced today as recipients of a combined $103,000 in solar energy donations from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. In addition to helping the recipients lower their electricity costs and better achieve their organizational goals, these donations include educational information on how solar works to help the organizations promote solar energy in the communities they serve. The Sun Club is a unique program enabling Green Mountain Energy Company and its employees and customers to contribute funds to socially responsible nonprofits for renewable energy installations.

 

The 2014 Sun Club award recipients are:

 

  • Bard College (Annandale on Hudson) $35,000 –Incorporating new solar array and monitoring system into environmental curriculum

  • The BLK ProjeK (Bronx) $12,000 — Adding solar panels to the roof of a fresh produce delivery bus

  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York) $50,000 — Bringing solar power, for the first time, to power its iconic cultural venues

  • Randall’s Island Park Alliance (Randall’s Island) $6,000 — Introducing solar-powered composters to make the park’s gardens even more self-sustaining

 

“The four donations are the most awarded at one time in New York, and that is indicative of these organizations’ outstanding community work and their commitment to reducing their environment[al] footprints,” said Tony Napolillo, Sun Club Program Manager.

Sun Club donation recipients are selected based on their needs, mission, and passion for educating the community on the importance of renewable energy. Donation amounts and timing of each solar construction project vary based on the needs of the organization and type of solar installation selected.

“We are thrilled to be selected as a 2014 Sun Club recipient because it means we can now power an onsite refrigerator and freezer with renewable energy, providing more flexibility to the fresh produce we deliver to people that need it,” said Tanya Fields, Executive Director, The BLK ProjeK. “As an organization that seeks to provide a source of health and wellness to impacted communities, this solar donation elevates our initiatives and makes them more environmentally-friendly.”

The Sun Club program has donated over $2.5 million to more than 55 solar projects since 2002. These solar donations benefit the nonprofits for years after the initial installation, as they continually help reduce electricity costs, enabling these organizations to better serve their community.