Author: 3Degrees Staff

At 3Degrees, we make it possible for businesses and their customers to take urgent action on climate change— providing renewable energy and carbon offset solutions to Fortune 500 companies, utilities, universities, green building firms and other organizations that are working to make their operations more sustainable. And as a certified B Corporation and eight-time winner of the EPA Green Power Supplier of the Year award, we’re primed to deliver custom clean power solutions that will help each organization make an environmental impact. Founded in 2007, 3Degrees is headquartered in San Francisco, California, with offices across the United States.

Chad Community Streetlights P-REC Project

Mini grids will issue first-ever EACs, P-RECs in the climate vulnerable country of Chad

The regions of the world most affected by crises tend to be those most vulnerable to climate change, and are largely excluded from climate finance flows and related investment. In addition, conflict-affected communities tend to experience high levels of energy poverty, and face issues like hunger, malnutrition and lack of basic human necessities. Peace Renewable Energy Credits (P-RECS) have the potential to expand the renewable energy revolution to vulnerable regions, improve quality of life, and create economic opportunities. A P-REC is an International Renewable Energy Credit (I-REC) with an additional certification by Energy Peace Partners (EPP) of the social and economic co-benefits associated with the project. 

Developers like ZIZ Energie are extending the benefits of solar energy to countries in Africa, where REC markets have yet to be fully developed. Currently, ZIZ Energie owns and operates five diesel powered minigrids in Chad, which it plans to convert to solar-plus-storage hybrid systems starting in the city of Mongo, the 70,000-inhabitant capital region of Guéra province. ZIZ Energie is installing a 2.5 MWp solar PV power plant in Mongo with an energy storage system and back-up generators. 

Starting in 2022, approximately 3,300 P-RECs are projected to be issued each year, although energy production estimates will be confirmed upon final system build and ramp-up. These would be the first EACs and P-RECs to be issued and sold from Chad. P-REC purchases from the Mongo solar plant will fund the phased implementation of a community solar streetlight project that delivers a significant positive impact on quality of life and safety for Mongo residents.

Photos courtesy ZIZ Energie

Co-benefits

Environmental

+ The solar minigrids reduce the need for carbon intensive forms of energy that are typical in Chad. This has a direct climate mitigation impact by reducing local air pollution and decreasing carbon emissions. 

+ The project decreases reliance on fossil fuels and fuel supply chains while promoting energy independence thanks to streetlighting that is 100% solar-powered and independent of the solar minigrid. 

Economic

+ ZIZ’s solar sites will provide power to rural households in Chad, a nation that has had a lack of development for decades, and currently has an electrification rate of about 6%. Projects like this will help Chad increase its electrification by 500% overall and directly impact 250,000 inhabitants.

Health/Social

+ The P-REC-funded community streetlights will increase safety and security, and allow local businesses to stay open longer. The electricity connections enabled by the solar mini grids will increase overall quality of life for rural Chadian households. 

 


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Old Settler Wind Project

Old Settler Wind Project

Year after year, Texas ranks as one of the nation’s leading generators of wind capacity, and this trend is expected to continue as power producers take advantage of the state’s abundant wind resources. Owned by NorthLeaf Capital and operated by Apex Clean Energy, Old Settler is a 151.2 MW wind farm located in Northern Texas. The wind energy harvested by the 63 General Electric turbines is enough to power about 51,000 homes. The Old Settler Wind project has received acclaim for its inventive financing arrangement, a model for future deals in the wind industry. The clean energy portfolio between NorthLeaf Capital and Apex Clean Energy uses a proxy revenue swap that enables third-party financing and tax equity commitments for the project. This structure allows companies to hedge against risks associated with changing prices in the energy market and fluctuations in power generation.

All Photos courtesy of Apex Clean Energy

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Co-benefits

Environmental

+ Where oil wells once stood, wind turbines now dominate the landscape. This region of the United States is expanding offshore wind installations, drastically reducing carbon emissions.

Economic

+ The expansion of renewable energy in Texas has enhanced rural economies by offering green job opportunities in the construction and maintenance of wind farms.

+ Investments in renewable energy promote resilient infrastructure, inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.

 

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Nuru Solar Energy Project

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Solar grid in DRC generates first-ever Peace Renewable Energy Credits (P-RECS)

The regions of the world most affected by crises tend to be those most vulnerable to climate change, and are largely excluded from climate finance flows and related investment. In addition, conflict-affected communities tend to experience high levels of energy poverty, and face issues like hunger, malnutrition and lack of basic human necessities. The effects of climate change are global, and fragile states, which have contributed least, should not have to bear these burdens alone.

Peace Renewable Energy Credits (P-RECs) have the potential to expand the renewable energy revolution to vulnerable regions, improve quality of life, and create economic opportunities. A P-REC is an International Renewable Energy Credit (I-REC) with an additional certification by Energy Peace Partners (EPP) of the social and economic co-benefits associated with the project.

In February 2020, the first sale of P-RECS delivered new funding in Goma, a region in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. These P-RECs were issued from a 1.3MW solar mini-grid constructed by Congolese solar developer Nuru. Revenue from this transaction was used to finance the installation of 35 streetlights along the mini-grid.

SOLAR ARRAY IN GOMA

The DRC has one of the lowest rates of electrification and energy consumption in the world. Congolese citizens do not have an interconnected national grid. Hydropower is the country’s primary source of electricity, but it meets only one-third of the 3GW in unmet and growing demand. This project is one of Africa’s largest off-grid solar mini-grids.

The solar project is expected to serve over 750 households and small to medium-sized businesses. The sale of the first 1,000 P-RECs funded the first of three phases of street light installations.

Developer Nuru has used 100% of P-REC revenue to install public street lights in Goma’s Ndosho neighborhood. Prior to installation, the community identified the lack of streetlights as one of its top priorities.

As of March 20, 2020 an estimated 28,000 people – more than a third of Ndosho population – are seeing tangible improvements from the first stage of this project. With the continued sale of P-RECs, the second and third stage are planned to extend street lights across the entire neighborhood.

CO-BENEFITS:

Environmental:

+ The solar array and connected street lights in Ndosho have reduced the need for carbon intensive diesel generators; this has a direct climate mitigation impact by reducing local air pollution and decreasing carbon emissions.

Economic:

+ P-REC revenue provides the capital necessary to unlock project funding.

+ The street lights support the operation of night markets and enable businesses to stay open later, both of which have strong, positive impacts on the local community and economy.

+ The construction and maintenance of the solar array, batteries, and street lights have created, and will sustain, quality local jobs.

Health & Safety:

+ More reliable access to electricity and reduced reliance on diesel generators will have a positive impact on human health in Goma.

+ Improving community lighting at night increases safety and security in densely populated areas where crime incidents have previously caused insecurity for residents and businesses.

 

Photos courtesy of Nuru

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California Bright Schools Solar Program

Solar Providing a Brighter Future for California Schools 

The California Bright Schools Program was born out of a vision to create a way for school districts to promote solar energy, save general fund dollars, and provide educational opportunities for students and teachers. This program helps to identify the most cost-effective energy saving opportunities and support the installation of photovoltaic solar systems on schools across the state.

The solar installations support curriculum that aligns with the state’s testing requirements and provides hands-on learning tools for schools. The panels installed on campuses bring daily attention to clean energy and provide a direct educational opportunity.

Schools that take part in the Bright Schools Program and implement energy efficiency initiatives are able to enjoy greater budget stability and predictability as a result of locking in long-term fixed electricity prices. Beyond the savings in energy costs provided by hosting these projects, the schools can also sell renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by the systems, which help fund renewable energy education and provide an additional revenue stream to support school district operations.

The Milpitas Unified School District serves as a great example of how schools are directly benefiting from the Bright Schools Program. 3Degrees worked with the school district to help them build revenue through the sale of RECs generated from their solar system. As a participant in the Program, the district is expected to save $12 million over the portfolio’s lifespan.

Photos Courtesy of California Bright Schools Program

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Co-benefits

Environmental

+ The use of solar helps avoid the greenhouse gas emissions associated with fossil fuel electricity generation. Projects like Bright Schools create a high-profile, visible symbol of solar power’s potential to meet the nation’s growing energy needs.

Economic

+ Self-ownership of solar allows schools to lower their electricity bills.

 

Social

+ The PV panels provide an on-site, living solar energy laboratory for science, math, and other lessons.

 

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2018 Impact Together

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In 2018, 3Degrees’ customers supported more renewable energy and carbon projects than ever before.

We are inspired by this commitment to take urgent action on climate change and look forward to joining together to make an even more significant impact in the coming year.

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Corporate Motivators for Sustainability Purchases

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Corporations aren’t just taking action to address their carbon footprint because it’s the right thing to do for the environment. Leading organizations are beginning to understand there are significant risks involved in electing to do nothing.

Here are some of the biggest corporate motivators for investing in sustainability – which of these apply to your business?

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Why my work matters: Ryan Pawling

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Ryan is a Senior Business Manager at 3Degrees.
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Some of my favorite projects:

  • Worked with toy company Hasbro to develop an international portfolio of environmental products that helped the company meet its goal of 100% renewable energy and carbon neutrality.
  • Helped a long-term manufacturing client leverage its internal resources and deepen its commitment to sustainability with its first ever virtual power purchase agreement.
  • Advised a top 10, global supermarket chain on how to operationalize its climate goals and become a sustainability leader in its industry.
  • Worked with the City of Portland, Oregon to break down internal and external barriers to achieving its goal of 100% renewable energy

 

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I like working in renewable energy because this is where the action is on climate change.

 Special skills & expertise

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Fostering long-term, trusted relationships with his clients Building business cases that unlock hidden value Navigating the complex world of international renewable energy and carbon offsets Superpower:
Mobilizing resources from across 3Degrees to serve his clients

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The Anatomy of a REC & Carbon Offset Purchase

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Need help thinking through your organization’s REC or carbon offset purchase?  Here is a step-by-step guide designed to give you a better understanding of the process, so you can feel confident moving forward to reduce your company’s carbon footprint.

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RECs vs Carbon Credits? Which One and Why?

When making your decision to invest in renewable energy certificates, carbon credits, or both, there are some critical questions you’ll need to first answer. The graphic below provides a snapshot of things to consider when making your investment choices.

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