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Our August cover story is all about energy, including L Streets North resident Weston Brown, who is credited for the electricity he provides to the power grid from the solar panels on his roof. We also reported that 20 percent of U.S. annual electricity needs that could be met if every eligible home and business rooftop in the country installed solar panels.

Electric retail provider Green Mountain Energy is currently looking for a few nonprofits to which they can donate solar panels. This coming Friday, Aug. 2, is the deadline to apply, and the application is fairly simple. “It’s a straightforward, two essay submission,” says Green Mountain spokeswoman Katie Ryan. The nonprofit needs only to “demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and are able educate their community on the benefits of solar energy.”

Green Mountain’s Sun Club, which provides the panels, has funded more than 550 kilowatts of solar power since 2002 for a variety of nonprofits, “including eight schools, five museums, four zoos and two community farms across Texas, New York, and Pennsylvania,” according to the website. The Dallas Arboretum was the first recipient, and used its $65,000 donation to design six solar-powered trams for helping visitors with mobility challenges. The Dallas Children’s Theater has been another neighborhood recipient.