Direct-to-Green gives you access to electricity generated from environmentally preferable resources such as solar power, hydropower, biomass, and wind.
For some clients procuring green power or clean energy is an obvious choice, but for others buying renewable energy can be complex. As your energy advisor, Freedom can work with you to customize a plan for your supply requirements that provides local options with preferred renewable energy sources.
Benefits of Direct to Green include:
- Choice of renewable resources from local resources
- Supports local development of generation of clean energy sources
- Simultaneously supports bringing real dollars to local communities
- Realistic term commitments
- Affordable, sustainable, clean energy to achieve your sustainability requirements
Some examples of Direct to Green opportunities available for clients include:
1. Net Energy Billing and Community Solar
A net energy billing (NEB) program makes it possible for you to offset your electric bill by taking advantage of the output from a renewable energy resource. Virtual net metering pairs your business’ electricity account with the output of a local renewable generation resource. Each month, the utility provides you with credit on your electric bill. The credit value is equal to the amount of energy (kWh) produced by the generator multiplied by the Net Energy Tariff Rate set by the commission each year. Once the generation facility sends power to the utility grid, your account receives monetary credits based on the energy generated on your behalf, resulting in a cost reduction of up to 15%.
Benefits of NEB and Community Solar include:
- There is no cost to participate.
- It’s simple. You enroll to be an off taker of a local project, receive credits, and then remit a portion of those credits back to the solar developer.
- NEB directly supports the development of local renewable generation facilities connected to the grid.
- Your business can save up to 15% on electricity costs, including T&D costs.
- The is no investment required or use of your property or rooftop space.
Community Solar programs exist in numerous states throughout the country although some regions are in earlier stages of development. Freedom works with a variety of solar developers primarily in the northeast region.
Where available, community solar programs provide an opportunity for clients to participate as an off taker of locally owned and operated solar facilities, contributing to the local state’s green energy future while also realizing significant budget savings.
Freedom views this as a natural next step as net metering policy evolves, allowing for all clients, particularly those not well suited for onsite solar projects, to realize the benefits.
Different solar developers offer different products. Freedom’s Energy Advisors will advocate for the solution and agreement that best suits your business objectives, and for one that works in conjunction with your competitive electricity contract, allowing for comprehensive benefits and easy integration.
2. Local Hydropower
Freedom currently works with several hydro assets providing locally produced green energy for our clients in some states.
As early as 2016, Freedom finalized an innovative method of electricity supply purchasing. Utilizing research on HB1116, Freedom Energy created a unique power purchasing arrangement between the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and local hydropower generators within the same utility. Dubbed Direct-to-Green, this method is unlike traditional REC purchasing from wind farms across the nation, now giving clients access to locally produced green energy.
In 2021, Central Rivers Power selected Freedom Energy as the group net metering administrator for four of its hydro assets interconnected in New Hampshire. The portfolio, which produces approximately 40,000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity per year, includes Gorham Hydro, Canaan Hydro, Jackman Hydro, and Hooksett Hydro each located in towns of Gorham, Stewartstown, Hillsborough, and Hooksett respectively.
3. Virtual Net Metering
Virtual net metering (VNM) allows eligible renewable generators to sell their production to the utility at the default service rate, but to do so they must partner with virtual off-takers. To entice virtual off-takers to partner with them, they offer a share of the payment they receive from the utility as a rebate. By pledging your usage to eligible offsite renewable generators, you support their contribution to a renewable future and earn rebates.
Freedom has renewable generators ready to go with client friendly contracts and will work with you to take advantage of available VNM opportunities.
Benefits of VNM include:
- Make money by using energy
- Nothing to buy or install
- Achieve your sustainability goals
- Use electricity as you normally would, no modifications in behavior are required
- Support Local Renewable Generators
- No disruption of current or future 3rd party electricity contracts
4. GIS Accounts
Generation Information System (GIS) accounts are administered by the local power pool. The system is used to track renewable certificates from generation and load supplied. A supplier that purchases RECs to satisfy the RPS requirements in each state enters those transactions into their GIS account. It’s not for the purpose of purchasing RECs but for tracking and compliance.
Freedom Energy can assist in setting up GIS accounts for clients. A municipal client, for example, could have their own account, as opposed to the supplier purchasing additional RECs through the contract. The supplier would then enter the RECs into their account. It provides a means of showing actual ownership of the RECs.