Renewable Energy Certificates are an important tool to meet global Greenhouse Gas Emission targets, but are being misused in Vermont. In the Solaflect Community Solar Park, you are guaranteed to be 100% solar. With most other community “solar” in Vermont, you retain NO legal right to say that you are solar, and your legal source of electricity is 60% fossil fuels and 37% nuclear (the residual mix in New England).
The Federal Trade Commission rules in the Code of Federal Regulations states:
“If a marketer generates renewable electricity but sells renewable energy certificates for all of that electricity, it would be DECEPTIVE for the marketer to represent, directly or by implication, that it uses renewable energy.” [16 C.F.R. §260.15(d)]
Don’t be Deceived!