to encourage the development and use of grid-source, renewable
energy technologies on a net zero pollution basis.
Provide at least 35% of the building's electricity from renewable
sources by engaging in at least a two-year renewable energy
contract. Renewable sources are as defined by the Center for
Resource Solutions (CRS) Green-e products certification
Determine the baseline electricity use. Use the annual electricity
consumption from the results of EA Credit 1 or Use the Department
of Energy (DOE) Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey
(CBECS) database to determine the estimated electricity use.
- Purchase Green-Tags from any Green Broker.
- Contact local energy providers for $/kWh premium for Green-e
certified or equivalent power
- Achieving this credit does not impact design or construction
budgets. Cost premium is carried in owner's operations budget.
- Unlike many credits, this credit can often be a viable option
until the last minute. Implementation can be added, as needed, in a
re-submittal to the USGBC.
- Green power representatives are aware of LEED requirements in
today's market and therefore, should easily provide required
- California certifies green power providers. Reference these
certifications instead of Green-E.
- 42% of all California LEED Certified projects achieved this
credit under LEED v2.1.
Additional EDR Resources
Thinking Outside the Box
Briefs: Building Integrated Photovoltaics