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If you are not already a member of our co-operative, you will need to sign up as one first before you can register as a SPARK Certified Green Generator.
Next, you will need to fill out the SPARK Green Offset Program – Terms and Conditions and Registration Form below. Please carefully read through our Terms & Conditions to clearly understand the mechanics and conditions of this program.
Once we have processed your request, we will send you a confirmation email with your assigned SPARK Certified Green Generator ID code which will correspond to your generator category and the order in which you registered as a SPARK Certified Green Generator. For example, YYC-SOLAR-001 corresponds to the first micro-generator registered in the Calgary solar micro-generators category. Your monthly exported energy (kWh) as measured by the utility will be registered as a Green Energy Offset in our offset registry. These registered Green Energy Offsets will remain in our offset registry until purchased and retired by Green Power Rate customers or until un-retired offsets are returned to the generator upon their exit from the program.
Terms and Conditions of SPARK Green Offset Program
SPARK Certified Green Generators (generators) – Solar, wind, biomass or other types of renewable energy generators that are registered and approved for participation in the SPARK Green Offset Program
ACE Green Power Rate (customers) – A retail electricity option that allows residential, industrial and commercial customers to purchase Green Energy Offsets from small renewable energy generators
Green Energy Offset (offset) - For the purposes of this program, a Green Energy Offset is defined as a unit of energy (kWh) that is exported into the grid by a SPARK Certified Green Generator. This energy entering the grid is not currently receiving any financial benefit for the renewable or green attributes of the energy. 1 unit (kWh) of renewable energy entering the grid = 1 unit (kWh) of Green Energy Offsets
Exported Energy - Exported energy is recorded at the revenue grade (Measurement Canada certified) meter for the generator. In the case of distributed generators, the total generation is exported in kWh and is eligible to be registered as an offset in this program. In the case of micro-generators, only the energy exported to the grid is eligible to be registered as an offset.
SPARK Offset Registry – SPARK’s database of registered and retired Green Energy Offsets
GENERATION AND OFFSET REGISTRY
1. SPARK Certified Green Generators (generators) have the opportunity to sell the green attributes of their exported energy at the current rate of 1.85 cents/kWh. Generators will also continue to receive compensation for their exported energy as they would if they were not registered in the SPARK Green Offset Program. Only the green attributes of the exported energy are registered with ACE in the form of a Green Energy Offset for sale to its customers.
2. Generators may not sell the offsets produced from their registered system to any other retailer, individual or company in the form of any GHG offsets, Renewable Energy Credits or any other carbon credit offset system. ACE customers that are leasing their solar electric systems may not be eligible to participate in the SPARK Green Offset Program, as the lessor may own the environmental benefits of the solar electric system. ACE micro-generators who have received funding from the new provincial Residential and Commercial Solar Program are not able to participate in the SPARK Green Offset Program or sell their offsets anywhere else, as their offsets are owned by Energy Efficiency Alberta.
3. Upon registration, each generator is assigned to a specific generator category. Generator categories may include:
- Calgary solar micro-generators (YYC-SOLAR)
- Edmonton solar micro-generators (YEG-SOLAR)
- Alberta solar and wind micro-generators (AB-MG)
- Additional generator categories will exist and can be created for larger solar and wind generators (both distributed generators and micro-generators)
4. Each generator is assigned an ID code corresponding to their generator category and the order in which the generator registered as a SPARK Certified Green Generator. (Example: YYC-SOLAR-001 corresponds to the first micro-generator registered in the Calgary solar micro-generators category.)
5. Monthly exported energy (kWh) as measured by the utility becomes registered as a Green Energy Offset in SPARK’s offset registry.
6. The registered Green Energy Offsets will remain in SPARK’s offset registry until purchased and retired by ACE Green Power Rate customers or until un-retired offsets are returned to the generator upon their exit from the program.
GREEN POWER RATE CUSTOMER SIGN-UP
7. All new and existing ACE customers are provided with the option to purchase Green Energy Offsets from SPARK.
8. When signing up for the Green Power Rate, ACE customers will need to select a specific generator or generator category to purchase Green Energy Offsets from.
PURCHASING AND RETIRING OFFSETS
9. For each kWh of energy consumed by a ACE Green Power Rate customer, ACE will provide 1.85 cents for purchase of a registered Green Energy Offset from SPARK’s offset registry within that customer’s chosen generator category with exceptions as outlined in point 14 below.
10. Total energy consumption (kWh) of all ACE Green Power Rate customers within specific generator categories are recorded on a quarterly basis. Q1 totals include energy consumed from January, February and March statements; Q2 totals include energy consumed during April, May, and June statements, etc. Statements and billing periods remain the same as ACE’s existing statement periods for our customers and may not align perfectly with each of these months. For example, January statement will generally reflect the billing period for December but may also include days from November or January.
11. The total combined consumption (kWh) of ACE Green Power Rate customers within a generator category is distributed and assigned to registered Green Energy Offsets within the selected generator categories in SPARK’s offset registry. Registered Green Energy Offsets become officially retired for each unit purchased by the Green Power Rate customers. Once a Green Energy Offset is retired, it is no longer eligible for sale through SPARK’s Green Offset Program or other offset markets.
ORDER OF OFFSET RETIREMENT AND GENERATOR COMPENSATION
12. Green Energy Offsets are purchased and retired in the order in which they are registered with SPARK. Retirement priority:
a) The oldest registered offsets are retired first within each generator category (Example - Registered offsets from January 2016 are purchased and retired before offsets from February 2016; Offsets carried over from Q4-2015 are purchased and retired before offsets from January 2016)
b) Offsets from the same month are retired based on the generator ID; older generator ID’s offsets are sold before newer generator ID’s offsets
Example prioritization of offset sales for Q1-2016:
- Offsets carried over from Q4-2015 from YYC-SOLAR-001
- Offsets carried over from Q4-2015 from YYC-SOLAR-002
- January 2016 offsets from YYC-SOLAR-001
- January 2016 offsets from YYC-SOLAR-002
- February 2016 offsets from YYC-SOLAR-001
- February 2016 offsets from YYC-SOLAR-002
- February 2016 offsets from YYC-SOLAR-003 (new generator signs up mid-quarter and enters queue for offset sales)
- March 2016 offsets from YYC-SOLAR-001
- March 2016 offsets from YYC-SOLAR-002
- March 2016 offsets from YYC-SOLAR-003
13. Green Energy Offsets that are not purchased during any given quarter are carried forward to the following quarter and prioritized for sale. SPARK will attempt to sell all registered offsets; however, a time lag or buffer between offset registration and offset sale/retirement is required for program functionality.
14. SPARK will make every effort to ensure that the amount of energy consumed by ACE Green Power Rate customers does not exceed the amount of Green Energy Offsets available for sale within a given generator category. If purchased Green Energy Offsets exceed amount available for sale within a given category, SPARK reserves the right to allocate and retire Green Energy Offsets from other generator categories to ensure that our ACE Green Power Rate customers have purchased Green Energy Offsets for 100% of their consumed energy.
15. Quarterly reports will be provided to SPARK Certified Green Generators within 45 days of end of quarter. Reports will include details specific to the generator’s category:
- Green Energy Offsets (kWh) purchased by ACE Green Power Rate customers within their chosen generator category
- Number of generators within the category
- Total Green Energy Offsets registered in SPARK’s offset registry (kWh) within generator category
- Total Green Energy Offsets retired from SPARK’s offset registry (kWh) within generator category
- Total Green Energy Offsets carried forward to the next quarter (kWh) within generator category
- 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
16. Financial compensation to generators will be issued in the form of a cheque or a rebate on the customers’ ACE electricity bill. Cheques will be issued quarterly when a minimum threshold of $100 is reached or during the final settlement when a generator leaves the SPARK Green Offset Program.
17. ACE reserves the right to refuse service to new or existing Green Power Rate customers if SPARK has inadequate offset generation to meet demand. ACE Green Power Rate customers will be notified prior to movement to ACE’s default rate or another rate of the customers’ choosing.
18. SPARK reserves the right to limit new generator sign up if demand for Green Power Rate is limited or insufficient to meet generation from existing generators.
19. When a generator leaves the SPARK Green Offset program, a summary report detailing retired offsets will be provided. Any outstanding offsets that have not been retired will be de-registered from SPARK’s offset registry for future use or sale by the customer.
20. SPARK reserves the right to modify the terms of this agreement with 30 days advance notice to the generator.