Every American can support renewable energy, and surprisingly you don’t have to invest in a solar panel system or a wind turbine to do so. Advancements in renewable energy technologies are paving the way for a future in which large cost-effective plants can utilize renewable energy sources to cleanly, cheaply, and responsibly power the nation. Supporting renewable, clean energy does not mean sinking thousands of dollars into a solar panel unit for your rooftop; it is actually as simple as purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates, an audited and serial-numbered product that is fully endorsed by the US EPA.
Renewable Energy Certificates are closely tracked and recognized by the EPA as a legitimate offset against traditional energy usage. Each REC is verified with a serial number and represents exactly 1,000 kilowatt-hours of clean energy created at an approved renewable generation plant. To provide some perspective about RECs, in 2010 for example, Kohl’s accounted for upwards of 1,418,000,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy with a mix of onsite generation and RECs.