SPARK Green Offset Program
The SPARK Green Offset Program is the first of its kind in Alberta. Through this unique program, individuals and businesses now have the opportunity to purchase locally generated Green Energy Offsets from small solar, wind or other renewable energy generators of their choosing.
Alberta’s electricity market was designed for large utility-size generators burning fossil fuel, not for small renewable generators. It will take a very long time for small generators to be treated fairly in this market. SPARK’s Green Offset Program cuts through the red tape and regulatory barriers, allowing our customers to freely support renewable energy generators of their choice. SPARK Green Power Rate customers can support a local wind farm, bio-fuel project, a group of solar/wind micro-generators in their community or a solar installation on a local school. Finally there’s a local green power alternative, made by Albertans for Albertans!
As for the green generators, they just need to register with SPARK and we take care of the paperwork. When customers select a renewable energy project or a specific group of micro-generators, we ensure that their financial support goes directly to the generators through an open and auditable process.
Why choose SPARK over other green energy providers? Well, since SPARK is a renewables-focused co-operative, we are not looking to make corporate profits from this service. We exist only to provide a renewable power source for our customers and to contribute towards a sustainable future for generations to come. Choosing a co-operative means putting your local community first. Choose green community power with SPARK!
Sign up for the SPARK Green Power Rate here!
How does it work?
How do I purchase offsets from a specific green generator group?
Click here to learn more about our SPARK Certified Green Generators!
What sets it apart from other green electricity options in Alberta?
Our Green Power Rate is the only green electricity option in Alberta that allows you to buy green power from local solar and wind micro-generators in Alberta. Plus, you can choose a specific category and community! More importantly, we pay our green generators more than anyone else in the market. Why? Because we believe our green generators deserve fair compensation for investing in their own systems and for supplying clean green energy into Alberta’s power grid.
How do I become a SPARK Certified Green Generator?
Click here for more details.
What is the reporting and audit process of SPARK Green Energy Offsets?
At the heart of our Green Offset program are our strong co-operative values with transparency being the key component.
Reporting Process of SPARK Green Offset Program
The energy consumption (kWh) of SPARK Green Power Rate customers and the supply of SPARK Green Energy Offsets (kWh) from SPARK Certified Green Generators will be tracked and reviewed quarterly.
SPARK Green Power Rate Customers will receive annual reports, which will include the following information:
• Details on the impact of their support for Alberta’s solar and wind generators including:
i. Total green energy supplied to the grid by each green generator group (kWh)
ii. Total Green Energy Offsets purchased from their chosen green generator group (kWh)
iii. SPARK Certified Green Generator Updates
SPARK Certified Green Generators will receive quarterly reports within 45 days of end of quarter. Reports will include details specific to the generator’s category:
• Green Energy Offsets (kWh) purchased by SPARK Green Power Rate customers
• Number of generators within the category
• Total Green Energy Offsets registered in SPARK’s offset registry (kWh)
• Total Green Energy Offsets retired from SPARK’s offset registry (kWh)
• Total Green Energy Offsets carried forward to the next quarter (kWh)
• Details of any offsets transferred to or from other generator categories in cases of inadequate generator offset supply
• Overall program details with summary of all generator categories
SPARK Green Offset Program Audit
An annual audit will be conducted by SPARK member auditors (representatives from both SPARK Green Power Rate base and SPARK Certified Green Generator group) to review quarterly settlements to ensure every kWh of the SPARK Green Power Rate is offset by a kWh of green energy generated by a SPARK Certified Green Generator. Any discrepancies will be formally noted for review by SPARK staff with copy provided to the SPARK Board of Directors. Any errors or inconsistencies will be rectified by the next quarter.
Click here to view the SPARK Green Offset Program Quarterly Reports. Please note that a more detailed version of this report is provided to the participating generators and Green Power Rate customers.
Can these SPARK Green Energy Offsets be traded on a public offset market?
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