The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and 3Degrees Group, Inc. (3Degrees) today announced that they’re entering a partnership to offset electricity use and greenhouse gas emissions associated with SEIA’s events and operations.
As part of a two-year agreement, 3Degrees will provide SEIA with 235 Green-e® Certified solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) and 835 registered and verified carbon offsets annually. This will cover SEIA’s approximate office and event electricity usage as well as all emissions associated with SEIA staff travel and event attendee travel each year.
“We have a responsibility to practice what we preach,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA president and CEO. “As the solar industry cuts CO2 emissions by 81 million metric tons a year, its main advocacy group should maintain a commitment to corporate sustainability, and our partnership with 3Degrees will help us do that.”
The solar energy generation SEIA supports avoids 166 metric tons of CO2 annually. This is equivalent to taking 35 cars off the road for a year. The carbon offset projects SEIA supports have a greenhouse gas reduction benefit equivalent to an additional 177 cars driven for a year or over 93,000 gallons of gasoline consumed.
“We are thrilled to partner with SEIA, which is on the forefront of accelerating the development and adoption of solar energy across the country,” said 3Degrees CEO Steve McDougal. “3Degrees seeks to support all organizations taking urgent action on climate change, and SEIA’s commitment to advancing solar energy is perfectly aligned with our mission.”
In 2018 and 2019, SEIA partnered with WGL Energy on a similar partnership for SRECs and carbon offsets.
This partnership is part of SEIA’s Sustainability Initiative, which promotes sustainable practices throughout the organization and focuses on reducing the carbon and environmental footprint of our daily office operations.
For more information, visit www.seia.org/sustainability.