ABOUT THE GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGYTM SUN CLUBTM
Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Mission Statement:
To fund, build and promote solar power while assisting non-profit organizations with a socially-responsible focus to reduce their environmental footprints and better serve their communities.
The Sun Club is a voluntary program which gives Green Mountain customers yet one more way to make a difference for the environment. Through our members direct contributions we have installed more than 500 kW of new solar power on the roofs and campuses of worthy non-profits and helped educate the surrounding communities on the importance of this resource.
Solar Leaders’ Circle:
Sun Club solar recipients are chosen based on their needs, mission, and ability to educate the communities they serve on the importance of renewable energy. Exceptional recipients who seamlessly incorporate their solar power source into their initiatives and serve as a role model for other organizations looking to adopt more sustainable practices become members of our Solar Leaders Circle. The Circle and the Sun Club work together on an ongoing basis to further our joint mission to protect the environment, educate the public on smart energy use, and change the way power is made.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: Yes, there is no obligation to remain in the Sun Club. You can cancel your membership at any time and with no penalty.
A: Texas members can find the phone number on their Green Mountain Energy® electricity invoices. New York members will need to call the regular Green Mountain customer care line and ask a representative for it for future reference. That number is: 800-636-5690.
A: No, neither Green Mountain Energy Company nor the Sun Club are non-profit organizations. However, 100% of your contributions go to the Sun Club to build and promote solar energy.
A: Absolutely! We encourage all our members to spread the word about this great program to non-profits in their communities. Encourage them to apply online and be considered for a future solar donation.
Solar Donation Application Questions
A: Sorry, no. Solar donations are reserved for non-profit organizations with socially-responsible missions. The exception to this rule is on a home for the needy built through a non-profit such as Habitat for Humanity.
A: Most of the time, no, the Sun Club typically donates the funds for the organization to purchase the solar facility. However, the actual equipment has been donated on rare occasion. The organization is also the owner of the solar installation, owns the contract and warranty with the installer and manufacturer, and is ultimately responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of it.
A: No, the Sun Club has donated funds for the installation of solar electric, solar hot water heaters and solar educational materials. We are open to new ideas from creative organizations interested in promoting solar energy in all its uses.
A: The size of the donations are dependent on the need of the organization, the number of applicants and the available funds collected from our generous members. Past donations have ranged from a few thousand dollars to $140,000. When possible we also take advantage of grants and rebates available from third parties to help make the donation go even further.
A: Yes, we are always accepting new applications for solar donations. However, recipients for the next calendar year are chosen in the late summer of the previous year. A call for applications is typically sent out in the early summer requesting applicants before the deadline. Any applications received after the deadline will be considered the following year.
A: That will vary from installation to installation. You will need to speak to your own insurance agent to know that true cost.
A: Because there are no moving parts, very little.
A: The typical warranty on parts is 25 years. The warranty on installation varies between installers.
Q: Does the Sun Club help its recipient organizations find the right installer for their solar installations?
A: Yes, in fact, we provide our own installer.
A: See the basic requirements under the Apply for a Donation tab.