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Sterling Planet Receives 2007 Green Power Leadership Award

Posted on 10/22/2007 by in renewable energy Sustainability partnerships

U.S. DOE recognizes Sterling Planet’s leadership as green power supplier

ATLANTA, GA, October 22, 2007 – Sterling Planet has received a 2007 Green Power Leadership award from the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) for helping build the market for green power. The annual awards recognize leading national green power suppliers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s green power market. A pioneer in sustainable energy markets, Sterling Planet has demonstrated unparalleled leadership in the growth of renewable energy markets and creation of environmental benefits.

Sterling Planet’s renewable energy sales to date have averted more than 20 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions; in effect, neutralizing the carbon emissions of 1.9 million passenger cars for a year. Sterling Planet’s current client list includes 862 corporations, 38 colleges and universities, 125 government agencies, 49 utilities and thousands of residential customers. Sterling Planet is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Leaders partner, committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions from its own business operations.

The company markets Green-e certified Green America™ renewable energy certificates (RECs) to businesses and individuals nationwide and also partners with traditional utilities to give their customers a renewable energy choice. Sterling Planet was the first to introduce a nationwide retail renewable energy certificate choice in 2001 and played a key role in market development during the formative years of the retail renewable energy market. More recently, the company has introduced White Tags™ energy efficiency certificates, which trade similarly to RECs but represent the environmental value of energy savings rather than renewable energy production. Combined with RECs and carbon offsets having verified emissions reductions, these White Tags™ arm the company with the first comprehensive solution for carbon neutrality.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award and pleased to see some of our many corporate clients, PepsiCo and its sister companies, recognized as well for key contributions to the advancement of sustainable energy and greenhouse gas reduction,” said Mel Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Planet. “Looking to the future, we are thrilled at the prospect of growing our positive environmental impact by providing businesses of all types and sizes, colleges and universities, and other enterprises our all-in-one carbon neutrality solution, featuring White Tags™ energy efficiency certificates, renewable energy and verified carbon offsets.”

The Green Power Leadership Award is being presented to Sterling Planet at an awards event, Monday evening, October 22, in conjunction with the Twelfth National Renewable Marketing Conference taking place in Philadelphia, PA. Sterling Planet customers are also receiving awards. They are PepsiCo, as Green Power Partner of the Year, and Pepsi Americas, Pepsi Bottling Group and Pepsi Bottling Ventures for green power purchasing.

“The Department of Energy applauds these organizations for taking a leading role in providing consumers with cost-effective options for ‘going green,’” DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander Karsner said. “Green power marketing has enormous potential to expand domestic markets for clean, abundant and affordable renewable energy technologies by fostering greater availability throughout the country. The leaders in the voluntary green power markets are a critical part of the President’s strategy to build, generate and promote renewable energy capacity that will have a sizeable impact in the marketplace and increase our nation’s energy security.”

This year a panel of judges reviewed nearly 100 nominations based on criteria ranging from the amount of green power generated to each organization’s strategy for incorporating green power into its operations and communications.

About Sterling Planet: Sterling Planet is a sustainability pioneer, having introduced the first nationwide retail renewable energy certificate choice in 2001 and White Tags™ energy efficiency certificates in 2006. Today, Sterling Planet offers the first comprehensive carbon neutrality solution: White Tags™, certified renewable energy and verified carbon offsets. Sales to date have averted more than 20 billion pounds of carbon emissions; in effect, neutralizing the carbon emissions of 1.9 million passenger cars for a year. Sterling Planet is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Leaders partner, committed to net zero greenhouse gas emissions from its business operations. Current clients include 862 corporations, 38 colleges and universities, 125 government agencies, 49 utilities and thousands of residential customers. www.sterlingplanet.com

About the U.S. Department of Energy Green Power Network: The Green Power Network is the nation’s premier Web site providing green power market information. The Network’s Web site provides up-to-date information on green power providers, product offerings, consumer protection issues, and policies affecting green power markets. It also includes a reference library of relevant papers, articles and reports. The Green Power Network is operated and maintained by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the U.S. Department of Energy. Additional information is available at http://www.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/conference/awards07.html
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