Wednesday, October 5, 2016
1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDT
Colleges and universities are increasingly turning to solar photovoltaic systems – both on- and off-site – to manage their energy costs, reduce their carbon footprints, meet stated renewable energy goals, and develop real-world teaching tools. However, the public statements and claims schools can legitimately make about their "use" of solar power and reductions in emissions, and how they account for emissions-free electricity in their internal greenhouse gas inventories and external reports, such as Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Commitments, are dependent on the specific solar power procurement arrangement of the school. This webinar provided guidance to schools on the types of claims they can and can't make regarding their use of solar power under various procurement scenarios, the role of renewable energy certificates (RECs) in renewable energy claims, examples of appropriate solar power claims, and how to account for solar-produced electricity in carbon commitment reports to Second Nature.