Dallas Academy is the proud recipient of a $30,000 grant courtesy of the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club. The grant will be used towards the purchase and installation of solar arrays on Dallas Academy’s roof. Dallas Academy hopes that this grant, along with funds from our own fundraising campaign, will allow us to cover all compatible roof space with solar panels within a year.
Dallas Academy, along with two other grant recipients, Texas Theatre and Stonewall Gardens and Outdoor Science Lab, received a total of $80,000 from Green Mountain Energy’s Sun Club. Green Mountain Energy was founded in 1997 with the mission to “change the way power is made” and offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity, as well as carbon offsets and sustainable solutions for businesses. Green Mountain Energy’s Sun Club is a program which allows Green Mountain residential customers and employees to donate solar power to sustainably minded non-profit organizations. According to Green Mountain Energy, “since the program’s founding in 2002, the Sun Club has helped install more than 600 kilowatts of solar power, capable of avoiding more than 924,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year, which is comparable to planting 110 trees every year."
On Tuesday, December 17th Green Mountain Energy rolled out the “green carpet” for the grant recipients at the check donation ceremony held at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. Dallas Academy’s Headmaster, Jim Richardson, was presented with Green Mountain’s donation. After the ceremony, the audience, which included many Dallas Academy students and faculty members, enjoyed a complementary screening of the film The Lorax. The family-friendly event was a wonderful way for the Dallas Academy community to kick-off their campaign for new campus green initiatives.
Dallas Academy is optimistic that the $30,000 grant from the Sun Club is just a starting point in our own fundraising efforts in hopes to raise approximately $200,000 for additional panels as well as renewable energy educational tools and teacher training. Dallas Academy looks forward to not only reducing our carbon footprint, but to invest the money saved from energy costs back into the unique programming that Dallas Academy provides our students. Dallas Academy science teachers are also excited for the educational opportunities that this project will provide. Students will have the opportunity to see the panels throughout the installation process, learn about alternate energy sources, and view a real-time tally of the energy produced, energy consumed, and carbon offset. Dallas Academy is excited for this new green chapter in our history and we look forward to becoming a green leader in the Dallas community.