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Renewable Energy Credits: Could They Be for You?

Renewable Energy Credits: Could They Be for You?Many homeowners are interested in installing a solar energy system, but are discouraged by the price. Fortunately, incentive programs are available that can make solar energy more affordable. If you are a Fresno area homeowner and are considering installing a solar energy system, you’ll want to check out Renewable Energy Credits (REC).

What Is a Renewable Energy Credit?

Renewable Energy Credits represent the value of renewable electricity that is generated by 1 megawatt-hour of electricity or 1,000 kilo-watt hours. According to California law, an REC is defined as “a certificate of proof… that one unit of electricity was generated and delivered by an eligible renewable energy resource.”

California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RBIS) is an energy standard that requires utility companies and electric service providers to obtain more energy from renewable sources. These utility companies can purchase RECs from homeowners in order to meet this standard. In other words, your own green energy can actually make you money.

How Can Homeowners Benefit From RECs?

RECs can benefit homeowners because they can be traded for a profit. The money generated by these trades can help the homeowner with costs associated with their solar energy system. In order to benefit from RECs, homeowners must register with the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information Systems, as well as seek certification through the California Energy Commission. After going through this process, homeowners will then be able to trade RECs through an online marketplace.

The process for trading RECs can be complex, and you may need additional help or information. If you would like to learn more about how you can benefit from renewable energy credits, contact an HVAC professional with experience in solar energy systems. He or she should also be able to inform you about other incentive programs for energy-efficient upgrades in your home, including a 30 percent federal tax credit for qualifying solar systems.

For professional assistance with this or other issues regarding home energy use, please contact us at Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning. Our experts have been serving the Fresno area for nearly 40 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Fresno, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about energy credits and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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