|Green Mountain Energy Company and Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas Announce Lineup for 15th Annual Parade of HomesTM|
2006 Parade begins May 27th — event to be carbon neutral and feature new attractions
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Dallas, TX — March 28, 2006 — Green Mountain Energy Company and the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas (HBA Dallas) have once again joined forces for the 15th annual Parade of HomesTM (POH), which showcases custom homes priced from $800,000. This year's event will take place Saturday, May 27 through Sunday, June 17 at the Bluffs at Winding Creek in McKinney, Texas. This is the second year that Green Mountain Energy Company will be the title partner of the Parade of Homes event.
The Parade of Homes is a multi-week open house event, where area builders get to showcase the latest innovations and building technologies directly to the public. Each home will feature state-of-the-art amenities and luxurious decor. For more information, visit www.dallasbuilders.com. Green Mountain Energy Company and the HBA are offering attendees some new attractions during this year's Parade of Homes. (Editor's Note: A list and schedule of the events is at the end of the release.) Additionally, the carbon dioxide emissions associated with the electricity consumption of the Parade homes during the tour will be offset through Green Mountain's donation of comparable amount of wind power, renewable energy credits making the event carbon neutral.
"The Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas is very excited to be working with Green Mountain again and to be promoting cleaner electricity for this year's Parade," said Bob Morris, executive vice president of HBA Dallas. "As there is a growing interest and demand from homebuyers for environmentally-preferable products and services, Green Mountain and the clean affordable electricity products it offers to residential customers in Texas is a great complement to the Parade of Homes."
Green Mountain Energy Company is offsetting the Parade of HomesTM electricity-related carbon dioxide (C02) emissions to make the event carbon neutral. Carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, has been identified as a major cause of global climate change.
"Green Mountain Energy Company is sponsoring the Parade of Homes and offsetting the carbon emissions associated with the event's electricity usage to educate homebuyers and event attendees about the benefits of cleaner electricity," said Paul Markovich, senior vice president, Residential Sales, Green Mountain Energy Company. "Most people don't know that making electricity is the leading cause of industrial air pollution in the United States. We want to get this message out and the Parade of Homes presented us with a unique opportunity to do this, while partnering with a great organization like the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas."
This year's Parade will feature homes from Ashworth Designer Homes, George C. Fuller Custom Homes, Greystone Customer Homes, P.B. Custom Homes and Penhollow Custom Homes. The Parade highlights the very finest in innovative home building and custom craftsmanship.
The Green Mountain Environmental Education Program will make a presentation about the environmental benefits of clean, electricity on the demonstration stage. Green Mountain representatives will also be availableto answerquestions about, and sign up people for,clean, affordable Pollution Freesm Green Mountain Electricity.
Schedule of Events during 2006 Parade of Homes
The Parade of Homes begins Saturday, May 27, 2006, continuing through Sunday, June 18 and is open Wednesday through Sunday. Event hours are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Parade is open on Memorial Day.) This year's Parade of Homes features several new events, including Family Day, Red Hat Days and the Kitchen Tour, hosted by the Junior League of Plano.
All of these events are open to the public and offer something for everyone — people of all ages, including children. Calendar editors please list these as separate events.
About the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas
The Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas (www.dallasbuilders.com) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting new home ownership, industry advancements and community good works. The HBA is the largest local home builders association in Texas; the HBA covers a seven-county area of some 5,500 square miles with a population of more than 3 million. Its membership includes more than 800 builders, developers and remodelers and approximately 1,200 associates — suppliers, vendors and associated businesses and services.
About Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain Energy Company is one of the nation's leading retail providers of cleaner electricity products, offering residential, business, institutional and governmental customers the choice to support cleaner electricity generated from sources such as wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass and natural gas. Since its inception, Green Mountain Energy Company has delivered more than six billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy into the market.
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