Certification Program Launches in Asia to Promote Renewable Energy

The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is for the first time expanding its Green-e® certification program to renewable energy projects based in Asia, starting with pilot projects from Apple in Singapore and Taiwan. This program and the successful pilots make it easier for other companies to certify their renewable energy use in the region.

With support from Apple, CRS developed the standard according to best practices, including input from local stakeholders. This development drew from CRS’s over two decades of operation in North America, including certification of over half of all voluntary corporate renewable energy sales in the United States. It is now available for large buyers and clean energy sellers in Asia, helping businesses verify the quality of their renewable energy sourcing by measuring environmental and local impacts, and providing requirements for public disclosure and tracking.

CRS worked with Apple to complete the pilot certification of Apple’s 32-megawatt 800-rooftop solar project in Singapore. This energy is now certified under the Green-e®Energy program’s Direct certification option, which is designed for organizations building generation themselves or contracting renewable energy directly.

CRS is also working with Apple to verify its renewable energy project in Ping Tung County, Taiwan. Apple worked with a leading soy sauce company, Wan Ja Shan Brewery Co., Ltd., to co-develop this rooftop solar array and secured a long-term contract for Apple to own the project’s renewable energy certificates.

“CRS is excited to launch its Green-e® renewable energy standard in Singapore and Taiwan with Apple’s support,” said CRS Executive Director Jennifer Martin. “The new Singapore and Taiwan standards and Apple’s pilot projects will create opportunities to rapidly increase renewable energy development and adoption throughout Asia.”

To learn more about the Green-e® Renewable Energy Standard for Singapore, visit www.green-e.org/singapore.

To learn more about the Green-e® Renewable Energy Standard for Taiwan, visit www.green-e.org/taiwan.

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