You can obtain RECs in 3 ways:
- You generate onsite green power (solar or wind energy). For each meter entry, you must specific the REC ownership as: Owned, Arbitrage, or Sold. Regardless of REC ownership, the electricity that is generated onsite will improve your ENERGY STAR score and Source Energy metrics. But improvement to your emission metrics will depend on REC ownership:
- Owned. If you own the RECs, your emissions metrics will be improved.
- REC Arbitrage is when you sell the RECs that are associated with your onsite system and purchase other RECs as replacements. You may, however, claim the benefit of offsite green power associated with the replacement RECs you purchased, which will help your avoided emissions, but not your total emissions.
- Sold. You wont get any benefits to your emissions metrics.
- You purchase green power from your utility. This is considered offsite green power, which will improve your Avoided Emissions.
- You purchase RECs independent of your physical electricity. These purchases are typically made at a corporate level and are often not traceable to individual buildings. You cannot currently track these unbundled RECs at the portfolio level, but you may enter these purchases as offsite green power if you are able to attribute them to individual properties. More info.
For more information, refer to our Technical reference on Green Power.