Marana Heritage Conservancy/NRG

The Marana Heritage Conservancy received a $1,000 donation from NRG Solar, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., a Princeton, NJ-based electricity company that is currently building a 25 megawatt solar station about 20 miles west of Tucson, the Avra Valley Solar Generating Station.

Jim Lodge, Vice President of NRG Alternate Energy Solutions, and John Karam, Director of Asset Management for NRG Solar, presented the donation check to Conservancy President Patrick Nilz and board members Mary Aguirre and Joan Smith at Town Hall in Marana last month. Also in attendance from the Town of Manara were Mayor Ed Honea, Town Manager Gilbert Davidson, Deputy Town Manager Del Post and Public Information Officer Rodney Campbell.

The Conservancy works continuously to collect the histories of local businesses, farms, ranches, and oral histories of those who were instrumental in the development of the Town of Marana.

“Donations from sponsors like NRG Solar allow the Conservancy to continue to preserve the history of Marana, make presentations within the community and promote education,” said Nilz. “We are currently working on developing a mobile education unit, Heritage on Wheels. We welcome inquiries and partners to make this project a reality. The mobile unit will allow us to take the history of our town and the area to the Marana schools, and to frequently move the historical displays to various sites within the community, as well.”

NRG Solar received a donors’ plaque, to be displayed with other such plaques in the Exhibit Room, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive, which is open Thursdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. each week.

The Avra Valley Solar Generating Station, scheduled for completion by the end of this year, will sell clean, renewable electricity to Tucson Electric Company through a 20-year power purchase agreement.

About NRG and NRG Solar

NRG is at the forefront of changing how people think about and use energy. A Fortune 500 company, NRG is a pioneer in developing cleaner and smarter energy choices for our customers: whether as one of the largest solar power developers in the country, or by building the first privately funded electric vehicle charging infrastructure or by giving customers the latest smart energy solutions to better manage their energy use. Our diverse power generating facilities can support over 20 million homes and our retail electricity providers—Reliant, Green Mountain Energy Company and Energy Plus—serve more than two million customers.

NRG Solar LLC, a subsidiary of NRG, has more than 2,000 MW of photovoltaic and solar thermal projects under development or in construction across the southwestern United States. More information is available at

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