How it Works
There's a lot of talk about green power, but how green is it?
The quality and integrity of green power retail products varies widely across the market place. Village Green bases our business on the most careful scrutiny of all of our sources for Renewable Energy, making sure that the product we deliver to you has the most positive environmental impact possible.
What are Renewable Energy Certificates?
Renewable Energy Certificates are a new and innovative tool that allow companies, organizations, and individuals to purchase renewable energy without installing expensive solar panels on their roof or building a power line to connect themselves to a wind farm. As a result, purchasing RECs are a cheap and easy way to "go green" or "carbon neutral".
Where does Village Green get its RECs?
Village Green partners with renewable energy producers in Northern California and across the country to bring you Renewable Energy Certificates. Every three months we issue a report to all of our customers detailing exactly where their renewable energy comes from.
Who else is purchasing RECs?
Companies, communities, and individuals across America are already purchasing renewable energy. Whole Foods Market, New York University, and Al Gore, to name a few.
An aggregate effect
Let's take a look at an example, and show where you fit in with Village Green. In the figure below, the utility is meeting its requirement to purchase 20 percent renewable energy.
Because you purchased RECs, you are the legal purchaser of the renewable energy, not the utility. As a result, 10 of the units from the wind farm don't count towards meeting the utility's requirement, so it needs to buy even more renewable energy and less fossil fuel energy, as you can see below.
Now let's see what happens if you purchase 10 RECs through Village Green.