REC Claims and Ownership
The owner and user of a REC is the only party that can claim the environmental benefits of that REC and claim to be using renewable energy because of that REC. Naturally, issues of REC ownership, validity of certain claims and avoiding double counting are central to a robust voluntary renewable energy market.
Center for Resource Solutions staff have developed documents that address common questions about ownership and claims of RECs. Please read the documents below for general claims guidance (based on the Federal Trade Commission's Green Guides
), and for considerations when selling RECs from on-site renweable electricity systems like solar photovoltaics.
Both documents below will be updated as new questions or issues arise that need to be addressed. If you have a related question that is not covered in these documents, please feel free to suggest a topic to add; see our Contact page
Best Practices in Public Claims for Green Power Purchases and Sales
Best Practices in Public Claims for Solar Photovoltaic Systems