Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Celebrates $75,000 Solar Donation to Local Arts Center
Submitted by Green Mountain Energy
The Cultural Activities Center (CAC) is a place where Central Texans go for unique experiences in art and entertainment. The non-profit center recently received a $75,000 grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club® to install a brand new solar array and advance its sustainability mission by producing an estimated 22,500 kilowatt-hours annually. CAC, along with the Sun Club and the Temple Chamber of Commerce, will celebrate the dedication of the new solar pergola during a special ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. Media are invited to attend.
The Cultural Activities Center is a community-funded arts organization serving nearly 100,000 people in the Central Texas area annually. By inspiring the exploration, education and involvement in the arts, the non-profit provides a unique opportunity to enrich the community. The Cultural Activities Center provides visitors of all ages with live performances by professional touring artists, concerts with world class musicians, art galleries and classes, dance classes and camps, and a space for receptions and meetings. With the addition of the new solar array, the organization will be able to offset operating costs to allow for more enjoyment and celebration of the arts.
“The Sun Club loves working with unique non-profits, especially those deeply rooted in their community,” said Mark McShane, vice president of Texas retail, Green Mountain Energy Company. “We chose the Cultural Activities Center in Temple for this donation due to its wonderful influence on cultural arts education for all ages in and around the community.”
“We are thankful to the Sun Club for providing us with this solar donation, and we’re excited to see the benefits of solar power and sustainable energy,” said Jane Boone, communication director, Cultural Activities Center. “The new solar array will help us better serve our community and protect our environment.”
Since its founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated more than $4 million to sustainable programs in numerous Texas communities and markets in the Northeast, and the solar installation at the CAC marks the 85th solar project dedication. Contributions to the Sun Club come from Green Mountain Energy Company’s residential customers in Texas, Green Mountain Energy Company, its employees and other Sun Club supporters who believe in the program’s mission to support local non-profit organizations through solar and sustainability projects.
Cultural Activities Center
The CAC is a community funded not-for-profit arts center with the goal of encouraging and cooperating with other area arts institutions across the state of Texas. The CAC serves between 90,000-100,000 patrons annually from usage of its unique rentals ballrooms, auditorium space, galleries for exhibition, and programming of activities. The CAC through one of its programs, Arts in Education, reaches around 9,000 students in grades K-8 annually and coordinates with other Central Texas schools to make the arts accessible throughout Central Texas. Located at 3011 North Third Street in Temple, the CAC is a vibrant activities center that hosts several exhibit openings, stage performances, concerts in the Texas Music Series, and more events throughout the year. For more information on upcoming events, or to contribute to the CAC and become a member visit cacARTS.org or call 254-773-9926.
Green Mountain Energy Sun Club®
The Sun Club is a non-profit organization that donates solar power and sustainability projects to other non-profits using contributions from Green Mountain Energy Company, its residential customers and employees, and donors from around the country. Since the program’s founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated more than $3.8 million to help install over 900 kilowatts of solar power, which has the potential to avoid more than 1.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year. That’s like planting 175 trees every year.
For more information or to donate to the Sun Club, visit www.gmsunclub.com.
Green Mountain Energy Company
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