Austin, TX (PRWEB) September 26, 2013
Green Mountain Energy Company pioneers another renewable energy milestone with the launch of the first Texas residential electricity plan backed by 100 percent solar energy, SolarSPARC™ (Smart People Accelerating Renewable Change) electricity. Texans who choose this product will not only be powering their home with 100 percent solar energy, they will also be supporting the development of new solar in the state while receiving credit for the facilities they help fund. Solar energy is a clean, abundant source of renewable energy but adoption in Texas to date is well below its potential.
“For the first time, Texas consumers can choose 100 percent solar electricity for their home– even if they can’t put it on their roof,” says Shay Ohrel, product innovation manager, Green Mountain Energy Company. “The SolarSPARC product enables customers to help us ‘change the way power is made’ by proving demand for solar and leveraging our experience in renewable energy to bring more clean electricity options to Texas.”
Product Details and Availability
Households in competitive electricity markets in Texas can choose the SolarSPARC product starting September 26, 2013.
Green Mountain is kick-starting the effort by building the first project in advance of customer participation. A 10-kilowatt solar array is expected to break ground at the Green Mountain Energy® Wind Farm—Elbow Creek near Big Spring in West Texas later this year. Subsequent projects are planned every six months, with the size of each array dependent on consumer demand for the product. A national survey by Hart Research indicates that 9 out of 10 Americans support solar and want to see more of it.
Making the Case for More Solar in Texas
Texas is known for its wind power, but to date has lagged in solar installations for a number of reasons such as the lack of significant statewide solar subsidies. With over 200 days of sunshine and lots of land, Texas could be a major player in solar energy.
“The more customers that sign up for the product, the more solar we’ll be able to build,” continues Ohrel. “We think Texas can be just as well known for solar as it is for wind, and with this product we’re giving customers a new way to drive local development and tap into Texas’s potential to be a solar power house.”
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. In 1997, the company was founded with the mission to “change the way power is made” and was the first green power marketer in the nation. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products 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 more than 24.5 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
Visit us online at http://www.GreenMountain.com.