STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES

Reliant Energy donates solar array to the Fort Worth Y

Downtown Fort Worth YMCA Rooftop will have New Solar Array Donated by Reliant Energy
Donation will help YMCA lower energy usage and cost, positively impact environment

HOUSTON ─With help from Reliant Energy the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth will harness the sun’s power to save energy and lower electricity costs, as well as to reduce its impact on the environment. Reliant Energy donated a 10-kilowatt solar array for the organization’s rooftop and will provide any maintenance for the solar array as well.

“Solar solutions are a new option for our customers and we wanted to share the same benefits of solar energy with the YMCA to help advance the work they are doing in the community,” said Jason Few, Reliant Energy President. “The solar array will help maximize the YMCA’s energy dollar and will save the organization money that will be put to good use providing vital services to local neighborhoods and families.”

“We are thrilled to be receiving this donation from Reliant Energy,” said Tony Shuman, President and CEO, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. “The solar panels will help us reduce our carbon footprint, reduce our energy usage and cost and educate our families about renewable energy, energy conservation and the benefits to the environment. These savings can be put right back into our programs and services, allowing us to involve more people and make a greater impact in our community.

To commemorate the donation, Reliant presented an over-sized check to Tony Shuman on June 21 before a Texas Rangers game at The Ballpark in Arlington. On the same day, the company launched Reliant Solar Solutions, which provides new options for customers who want the benefits of home solar electricity without the upfront costs and maintenance cost of owning a rooftop solar system. For more information, visit www.reliant.com/solarsolutions.

Reliant Energy makes a difference in the lives of the people and communities it serves by lending a helping hand and donating to programs and initiatives across Texas that support neighborhoods, schools and the environment.

In 2010, the more than 2,300 Texas employees of Reliant and its parent company NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) devoted 13,000 hours of volunteer work and donated more than $1.7 million, including employee donations, to Texas charities and community groups. For more information on Reliant’s community efforts, visit www.reliant.com/community.

About Reliant Energy
Reliant Energy provides electricity and energy services to more than 1.5 million retail customers—including homes, small and large businesses, manufacturing facilities, government entities and institutions across Texas. The company also offers service to commercial, industrial, governmental and institutional customers in the Northeast and is expanding to offer service to residential customers in the region. As part of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), Reliant Energy is backed by one of the nation’s largest power producers. NRG owns and operates 25,000 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity, including more than 11,000 MW of capacity in Texas. For more information about Reliant Energy products and services, visit www.reliant.com.

About YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth has served the greater Fort Worth area since 1890, responding to community needs and impacting nearly 100,000 lives annually. For more information visit www.ymcafw.org.


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For more information: Pat Hammond, Reliant Energy, 713-537-2157
 

YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth | 512 Lamar Street, Suite 400 | Fort Worth TX 76102
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