Solar Array to Add 43kW to Texas Grid

In an effort to bring clean electricity to Texans, The Upper Kirby District Foundation, Green Mountain Energy Company and Nuon has announced construction has begun on Green Mountain Energy(SM) Solar at the Upper Kirby District, owned and operated by Nuon Renewable Ventures L.L.C.

HOUSTON, Texas 2002-04-02 [] Once completed, the commercial scale 43 kW solar array will be one of Houston’s largest solar facilities. The solar array will be located on the top of the Upper Kirby District Center building, which is home to The Upper Kirby District Foundation, The Houston Chamber of Commerce, Crisis Intervention, and Citizen’s Environmental Coalition among others. The facility will be owned and operated by Nuon, the Netherlands’ largest utility and a leader in Renewable Energy development. Electricity generated from the 43kW installation — comprised of 440 individual solar panels manufactured and designed by BP Solar — will be delivered to the grid due to the support of Green Mountain Energy Company’s Big Texas Sun Club(TM) customers. “This air pollution-free facility is a direct result of customer demand and electric choice in Texas,” said Gillan Taddune, president of the Texas region for Green Mountain Energy Company. “We are proud of the Green Mountain Energy(SM) pollution-free electricity customers who signed up for membership in our Big Texas Sun Club(TM) to support the development of solar facilities like this one in Texas.” “Implementing this project is not only a positive step for Houston and the Upper Kirby area, but it also is in line with the educational goals of the UKDF’s outreach to the community,” said Jamie Brewster, president of The Upper Kirby District Foundation. Nearly half a million customers in seven states: California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas have chosen Green Mountain Energy(SM) electricity. Green Mountain Energy customers in Texas can also join the Big Texas Sun Club(TM) to help construct, develop and maintain new solar facilities in Texas as well as promote ongoing statewide education about solar energy.
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