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Are geothermal (and solar hot water) considered Green Power? Follow

No. Geothermal heat pumps and solar hot water heaters are not considered Green Power in Portfolio Manager. The EPA defines Green Power as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources. Your Geothermal Heat Pump (and solar hot water) are probably not producing electricity, but providing really efficient heating and cooling.

You don’t specifically earn “points” in the ENERGY STAR score for having a geothermal system.  Rather, use of efficient technologies will result in a higher score when those technologies lower your actual energy bills. 

Both geothermal heating and solar hot water heaters should contribute to better scores and lower GHG emissions, when installed properly.  This is because they reduce your demand for other forms of energy. Learn more about metering and enter these types of energy

For more information, refer to our technical reference on Green Power.

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