Texas Humane Heroes Awarded First Solar Installation Thanks to Donation from Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™

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$50,000 donation from Sun Club provides renewable energy to No Kill, non-profit animal shelter

Ron Marullo accepts the Sun Club donation check from Tony Napolillo

In 2012, Texas Humane Heroes found homes for 2,595 homeless dogs and cats. The solar array will generate electricity for the organization’s facilities, reducing operating costs related to electric consumption and minimizing their environmental impact.

The Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ is making some new furry friends with a donation of $50,000 to Texas Humane Heroes (formerly the Humane Society of Williamson County) to fund the No Kill animal shelter’s first solar array. Texas Humane Heroes will also receive an accompanying educational display to teach visitors how renewable energy works. The Sun Club is a unique program enabling Green Mountain Energy Company’s residential customers, including many in Williamson County, to provide solar power to non-profits, like Texas Humane Heroes.

Texas Humane Heroes supports two No Kill shelter locations in Central Texas with the goal of placing animals in good homes with pet owners who are willing to make lifelong commitments to the animals. In 2012 alone, the organization found homes for 2,595 homeless dogs and cats. The solar array will generate electricity for the organization’s facilities, reducing their operating costs related to electric consumption and minimizing their environmental impact. The cost savings will allow them to expand their programs and increase awareness of both the environment and adoptable animals in the area.

“We are grateful for this generous donation from the Sun Club and look forward to introducing renewable energy to our organization,” said Ron Marullo, Executive Director, Texas Humane Heroes. “Combining cost savings on our electricity bill with renewable energy aligns with our goal of providing thousands of animals each year with safe shelter; finding permanent, loving homes for those pets; and utilizing sustainable business practices.”

The array will sit on the pavilion at the organization’s new Memorial Garden, which will serve as a quiet place to remember past pets and friends and host small celebrations and events.

“Texas Humane Heroes provides an amazing service to the community, and we’re proud to help the shelter introduce a renewable source of energy that helps them carry out their mission,” said Tony Napolillo, Sun Club Program Manager, Green Mountain Energy Company. “This donation would not be possible without the monthly contributions of our customers, including those based locally, and is a testament to their dedication to renewable energy.”

The organization’s headquarters location in Leander operates on 22 acres in the Northern Greater Austin Metropolitan Area, hosting programs and events that bring an estimated 18,000 visitors to the property each year. As part of ongoing educational programs, the shelter invites students from local school districts and scout troops during the academic year to tour the shelter monthly and visit with the animals. With this donation from the Sun Club, visitors can now learn about cleaner energy and the solar array.

Pictures from the event have been added to Green Mountain Energy’s Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greenmtnenergy/

Texas Humane Heroes

The mission of Texas Humane Heroes is to provide innovative programs and services to eliminate pet homelessness and to improve the lives of pets and people throughout Central Texas. Formerly known as The Humane Society of Williamson County (HSWC) and the CenTex Humane Society Second Chance Adoption Center, the organizations combined resources and merged in Texas Humane Heroes in January 2013. Supporting two adoption centers in Central Texas, Texas Humane Heroes has locations in Leander and Killeen, Texas. Texas Humane Heroes is a not-for-profit 501©(3) organization, 100% funded by donations, grants, and modest fees for services and receives no government funding. The corporate office is located at 10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.texashumaneheroes.org.

Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™

Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ is a program where Green Mountain residential customers in New York, Pennsylvania and Texas have the opportunity to give back to deserving non-profit organizations through the promotion of solar power. Direct monthly contributions from customers go toward the funding of solar installations. Since the program’s founding in 2002, Sun Club members have helped install more than 500 kilowatts of solar power, preventing over 787,300 pounds of CO2 emissions each year. That’s like not driving 878,500 miles or 390 households turning off their lights for a year. For more information, visit http://www.gmsunclub.com.

Green Mountain Energy Company

Green Mountain is the nation’s longest-serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. Founded in 1997, the company is a green power pioneer and celebrates 15 years delivering on the mission to “change the way power is made.” Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity, as well as carbon offsets and sustainable solutions for businesses. One of Green Mountain’s largest customers is the “world’s most famous office building,” the Empire State Building in New York City. Green Mountain customers have collectively helped avoid over 19.4 billion pounds of carbon dioxide CO2 emissions. Visit us online at http://www.GreenMountain.com and learn more about our campaign for good at http://www.greenmountain.com/forgood.

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