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Island University Presented with Solar Leader Award from Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™

December 20, 2013

Solar Leader Award

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was presented with the Solar Leader Award from Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ on Thursday, Dec. 19, on the University campus.

The award was accepted by Dr. L.D. Chen, Director of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. The Sun Club’s solar project at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was recognized with the Solar Leader Award for its commitment to renewable energy and education.

“This award is not only for the University, but for our students who now have opportunities to learn about the importance of clean, renewable energy of different platforms,” said Chen. “We’re hoping to instill in them the skills they need to become future leaders in developing these technologies.” 

Recipients are chosen based on their ability to educate the communities they serve on the importance of renewable energy, incorporate their solar power source into their initiatives, and serve as a role model for other organizations that are interested in adopting sustainable practices. The recipients are then inducted into the Solar Leaders Hall of Fame.

“These exceptional recipients and the Sun Club work together on an ongoing basis to further our mission of protecting the environment, educating the public on smarter energy use, and changing the way power is made,” said Tony Napolillo, Sun Club Program Manager.

On Aug. 30, 2013, the University and the Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ “flipped the switch” on a solar array that was installed atop the Engineering Building on campus (CLICK HERE). The purchase and installation of the first solar array at the Island University was funded by a $75,000 donation from the Sun Club. The array consists of 100 photovoltaic solar that convert sunlight into pollution-free electricity to reduce both utility bills and the University’s carbon footprint. The panels also allow the University to increase its use of sustainable energy and provide researchers and students with strong educational benefits from the technology.

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