Sterling Planet can help you improve your building’s LEED score an increase its marketability. Our LEED accredited staff will walk you through the purchase process and offer you a choice of high-quality Green-e Energy certified RECs and/or verified carbon offsets to earn LEED points through purchasing RECS or carbon offsets and determine your electrical load and how many LEED points you need. Give us a call or fill out the inquiry form below.

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Visit our LEED Green Power website where you can enter your
building’s information to get a custom quote, or make your purchase
instantly. When you’re done, your certificate and welcome packet will
be automatically sent to your email.

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LEED Certification
Green-e Energy Certified

All of our RECs are Green-e certified, which means they are verified through the

nation’s leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of

renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. You will

receive a product content label (PCL) with your order so you know where and

how each kilowatt hour was produced.

Additionally, you can be confident in the impact of the points you receive by

purchasing Sterling Planet Carbon Offsets as they are all registered and verified

under the Climate Action Reserve (“CAR”) or Verified Carbon Standard (“VCS”).

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Climate Action Reserve

LEED® Green Power Requirements

Intent – To reduce the environmental and economic harms associated with fossil fuel energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the supply of renewable energy projects.

Requirements – Use on-site renewable energy systems or procure renewable energy from offsite sources for all or a portion of the building’s annual building energy use.

Choose one or more strategies for renewable energy procurement from the categories below. Points achieved in each category may be added for a total of 5 points.

    • Tier 1: On-site renewable energy generation
      • On-site renewable energy generation, environmental attributes (e.g. RECs) retained.
    • Tier 2: New off-site renewable energy
      • Off-site renewable electricity that is produced by a generation asset(s) built within the last five years or contracted to be operational within two years of building occupancy.
      • Green-e Energy certification or equivalent is required for one-time purchase and delivery of EACs of more than 100% of the project’s annual electricity use
    • Tier 3: Off-site renewable energy
      • Off-site renewable electricity that is Green-e Energy certified or equivalent or captured bio-methane

Ownership of Environmental Attributes: All environmental attributes associated with renewable energy generation must be retired on behalf of the LEED project in order for the renewable energy procurement to contribute to credit achievement.

The default contract length for renewable energy procurement is 10 years. Contract lengths less than 10 years may be pro-rated.

For Tier 2, the age of the generation asset(s) is assessed at the beginning of the contract, and the generation asset(s) retain these attributes for the duration of the initial contract or lease term.

Off-site renewable energy must be generated by renewable electricity projects located in the same country or region where the LEED project is located.

Methane capture in the form of biogas that is both captured and used on-site may qualify as a Tier 1 renewable energy resource.

Points are awarded according to Table 1, based on the percentage of total site energy use. Renewable electricity and EAC procurement can only be applied to project electricity use or district energy use. Captured bio-methane can only be applied to project fuel use.

Tier 1 renewable energy may be accounted for in the cost metric and the GHG emissions metric in EA credit Optimize Energy Performance.

Tier 2 renewable energy may be accounted for in the GHG emissions metric in EA credit Optimize Energy Performance. Calculate avoided GHG emissions by using the renewable energy asset’s hourly generation profile and the hourly GHG emissions profile of the renewable energy asset’s grid. Where hourly data are not available, calculate avoided GHG emissions using the emissions factors defined in EA prerequisite Minimum Energy Performance.

LEED Certifications

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Carbon and RECs

Carbon Offsets