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Green Mountain Energy Company Donates $75,000 to Install Solar Array on Engineering Building at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

February 17, 2012

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A $75,000 donation from Green Mountain Energy Company is allowing Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to increase its use of sustainable energy through the installation of a solar array panel on the roof of the Engineering building.

The donation was made possible by the Green Mountain EnergyTM Sun ClubTM, a unique program in which Green Mountain’s Texas customers can choose to support solar energy installations in Texas by paying an additional $5 on their monthly Green Mountain Energy® electric bill. Green Mountain, the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy and carbon offset solutions, is the longest-serving green power marketer in the United States.

The partnership with Green Mountain is the first sponsored green initiative at the Island University. Both researchers and students will receive strong educational benefits from the technology.

“It is through the commitment of community and business leaders that Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been transformed from a small upper-level university into a major four-year institution with five colleges and a growing state and national reputation for excellence,” said University President Flavius Killebrew. “We’re proud to have Green Mountain Energy Company as a partner for our community as we move toward our goal of becoming a premiere research institution.”

The Green Mountain solar project will also be integrated into the University’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) outreach activities. Future activities will include summer renewable energy camps for high school teachers and students to increase awareness, interest, and support of the utilization, development, and advancement of solar energy-based electricity generation. A website monitor is also being established to observe the multiple types of sustainable energy resources that are being used on campus.

“The Green Mountain solar project will enable the engineering program to expand its capabilities in solar energy research and observation,” said Dr. Lea-Der Chen, director of Engineering and Computing Sciences. “And, having access to contact with field instruction tools will allow students to observe real-time science and energy principles.”

About Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain, the nation’s leading competitive retail provider of cleaner energy and carbon offset solutions, was founded in 1997 to “change the way power is made.” The company is the longest serving green power marketer in the U.S. Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of clean electricity products from renewable sources, such as wind, as well as a variety of carbon offset products. 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 14.8 billion pounds of CO2 emissions. As a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG), Green Mountain is backed by one of the nation’s largest renewable power producers. For more information, visit GreenMountain.com.

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