Solar-Powered Splash Park Soaks Local Kids Thanks To Reliant

  Solar-Powered Splash Park Soaks Local Kids Thanks To Reliant

     Now Open, 18 Solar Panels Power Houston Fifth Ward Community Project

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- June 17, 2013

Sunshine will play double duty at a Reliant-donated, 2,340 square-foot splash
pad play area that opened today in Houston’s Fifth Ward. Families and solar
panels will soak up the rays, resulting in a community project intended to
drench and delight local families and kids. The park will be open annually
from May through September and free to anyone who wants to cool off and have

“This project represents both Reliant’s commitment to being involved in local
projects that benefit our communities as well as our continued passion for
innovative energy education,” Reliant President Elizabeth Killinger said. “As
a parent myself, there’s nothing more precious than seeing a child’s eyes
light up as science comes alive when they experience it. I hope families from
Houston’s Fifth Ward and surrounding neighborhoods start splashing and
learning about solar energy at this new park.”

The water park is located on the 3700 block of Lyons Avenue and features 18
solar panels expected to generate approximately 6,600 kilowatt-hours of
electricity annually. The generated power is planned to offset electricity
used by the splash pad. It’s eco-conscious and educational, with on-site
learning modules about renewable energy.

Reliant’s splash pad donation contributes to the ongoing rejuvenation work led
by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation
(CRC). Founded in April 1989 by residents, business owners, ministers,
educators and civic leaders, the Fifth Ward CRC works to make the community a
better place to live, work and play. The new park includes shaded picnic
tables and benches, and a water percolation system to keep clean water

“The splash pad is a wet and wonderful gift from Reliant that showcases
strength that can come from business and community partnerships,” said Kathy
Payton, president of the Fifth Ward CRC. “The sustainable energy information
helps make our neighborhood not only a fun gathering place, but also a
real-world example to teach about science and our environment.”

For more information about Reliant’s local partnerships and philanthropy,

About Reliant:

Reliant provides electricity, energy services and smart energy solutions to
homes, businesses, manufacturing facilities, government entities and
institutions in Texas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland,
Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As part of NRG (NYSE: NRG),
Reliant is backed by a Fortune 500 company that is at the forefront of
changing how people think about and use energy. NRG is a pioneer in developing
cleaner and smarter energy choices for its customers. NRG’s diverse power
generating facilities can support over 40 million homes nationwide, and its
retail businesses collectively serve more than 2.2 million customers in 10
states and the District of Columbia. For more information about Reliant
products and services, please visit Connect with Reliant on
Facebook at and on Twitter @reliantenergy.

About Fifth Ward CRC:

The ultimate goal of Fifth Ward CRC is to create a positive image of the
community that attracts both people and resources. More specifically the
overall goal for transformation has been to envision a path that will lead to
revitalization of the entire neighborhood - creating a healthy, economically
sustainable and balanced neighborhood that adds value, population, and
business opportunities - while strengthening the existing Community fabric and
identity. The vision for the future of the 5th Ward looks towards a time when
the blocks and buildings are once again filled with people, and it is a vital
place to live, work, play and visit. For more information please visit or follow us on Facebook at


Shabina Zakaria, 713-537-2159
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