Residents, commuters and visitors in Houston will now have more choices for ecological and sustainable alternatives to get around, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club to Houston Bike Share’s B-Cycle program, which was used to install a new, solar-powered Houston B-cycle station and eight bikes located at Jackson Hill and Memorial Drive. Houston B-cycle and the Sun Club will celebrate the dedication of the new station during a special ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. Media are invited to attend.
Houston B-cycle is a next-generation bike-sharing program offering an easy way to get around Houston with zero emissions. It is the only bike sharing program that measures the actual distance traveled on each ride and tracks calories burned and carbon emission prevented. The new station added eight available bikes to the city and helped expand the total system to 31 stations (13 of which are solar-powered).
"The Sun Club loves working with unique non-profits that are dedicated to their communities and sustainability,” said Mark Parsons, vice president and general manager, Green Mountain Energy Company. “We chose Houston Bike Share for its commitment to cleaner air and better health and wellness for its users in and around the city of Houston.”
“We are thankful to the Sun Club for this donation, and for helping us expand our bike share system,” said William Rub, operations manager for Houston Bike Share. “The new station allows us to better serve the city of Houston and protect our environment.”
Since its founding in 2002, the Sun Club has donated more than $4 million to sustainable programs focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency and resource conservation in numerous Texas communities and markets in the Northeast. Contributions to the Sun Club come from Green Mountain Energy’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.
Green Mountain Energy Sun Club
The Sun Club 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.
Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain is the nation’s longest-serving renewable energy retailer and believes in using wind, sun and water for good. The company was founded in 1997 with the mission to “change the way power is made.” Green Mountain offers consumers and businesses the choice of cleaner electricity products from renewable sources, as well as a variety of carbon offset products and sustainable solutions for businesses. 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 more than 44.2 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.