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LEED v4.1
Data Centers – NC
Energy and Atmosphere
Renewable Energy

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Data-Centers-NC-v4.1 EAc5: Renewable energy 1-5 points

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Marcus Sheffer

7group / Energy Opportunities
LEED Fellow

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Intent

To reduce the environmental and economic harms associated with fossil fuel energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing self-supply of renewable energy and the use of grid-source, renewable energy technologies and carbon mitigation projects.

Requirements

Use on-site renewable energy systems, procure renewable energy offsite, or purchase Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs) or carbon offsets to meet or offset annual building greenhouse gas emissions.

Projects may choose one or more strategies for renewables procurement from the categories below. Points achieved in each category may be added for up to a total of 5 points.

Environmental benefits of all procurement must be retained by the project.

All off-site qualifying resources must be contracted, owned, or leased for at least 15 years.

Existing off-site renewables, EACs and carbon offsets must be procured from projects that have come online or been built within the last 15 years.

Table 1. Points for Renewables Procurement

Points On-Site Renewables New
Off-Site Renewables
Existing
Off-Site Renewables
Green-e Certified: EACs & Carbon Offsets EACs & Carbon Offsets
1 2% 20% 60% 100% 150%
2 6% 40% 80% 200%
3 15% 60% 100% 300%
4 35% 80%
5 60% 100%
EP 100%

New Off-site Renewables: built within the last year or contracted prior to renewable energy project development.

Existing Off-site Renewables: contracted from an existing renewable energy provider.

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LEEDuser expert

Marcus Sheffer

7group / Energy Opportunities
LEED Fellow

USGBC logo

© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To reduce the environmental and economic harms associated with fossil fuel energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing self-supply of renewable energy and the use of grid-source, renewable energy technologies and carbon mitigation projects.

Requirements

Use on-site renewable energy systems, procure renewable energy offsite, or purchase Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs) or carbon offsets to meet or offset annual building greenhouse gas emissions.

Projects may choose one or more strategies for renewables procurement from the categories below. Points achieved in each category may be added for up to a total of 5 points.

Environmental benefits of all procurement must be retained by the project.

All off-site qualifying resources must be contracted, owned, or leased for at least 15 years.

Existing off-site renewables, EACs and carbon offsets must be procured from projects that have come online or been built within the last 15 years.

Table 1. Points for Renewables Procurement

Points On-Site Renewables New
Off-Site Renewables
Existing
Off-Site Renewables
Green-e Certified: EACs & Carbon Offsets EACs & Carbon Offsets
1 2% 20% 60% 100% 150%
2 6% 40% 80% 200%
3 15% 60% 100% 300%
4 35% 80%
5 60% 100%
EP 100%

New Off-site Renewables: built within the last year or contracted prior to renewable energy project development.

Existing Off-site Renewables: contracted from an existing renewable energy provider.

LEEDuser expert

Marcus Sheffer

7group / Energy Opportunities
LEED Fellow

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