Evergreen Renewable Energy Program
Since 1998, the Evergreen program has been an easy and affordable way for members of the Cooperative to support the development of renewable energy which include utility-scale solar installations. Dairyland Power Cooperative developed this program to provide members an opportunity to voluntarily contribute to the increased use of renewable energy sources without installing their own system.
Evergreen Everyone: This is the original Evergreen program that enables members to support utility-scale renewable energy in increments of 100 (kWh) blocks for just $1 per block per month ($.01 per kWh).
Evergreen Everyday: Members who enroll in a storage strategy for their electric water heater will receive up to four Evergreen blocks to help keep their water hot.
Evergreen Everywhere: Members who charge their electric vehicle during off-peak hours will receive up to four Evergreen blocks.
Evergreen Everything: Through Evergreen Everything, members can choose to have 100 percent of their electricity use generated by renewable energy for $1 per 100kWh block. The average cooperative home uses around 1,000 kWh per month, which equals $10 per month.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Evergreen?
A. Evergreen is an opportunity for electric cooperative members to voluntarily contribute to the increased use of renewable energy sources. Private ownership of renewable energy does not work for everyone. A member's property may not support it or the upfront costs and maintenance may be too great. Evergreen is an easy way for any cooperative member to do their part to "be green" Participation in Evergreen is separate from any federal or state requirements.
There are many ways to power a home, farm or business through Evergreen. In addition to supporting renewable energy, members can choose which opportunity is best for their lifestyle:
- Evergreen Everyone: Members can support renewable energy in increments of 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks for just $1 per block per month ($0.01 per kWh).
- Evergreen Everyday: Members who enroll in a storage strategy for their electric water heater will receive up to four Evergreen blocks to help keep their water hot.
- Evergreen Everywhere: Members who charge an electric vehicle during off-peak hours can receive up to four Evergreen blocks.
- Evergreen Everything: Through Evergreen Everything, members can choose to have 100 percent of their electricity use generated by renewable energy for $1 per 100 kWh block. The average cooperative home uses around 1,000 kWh per month, which equals $10 per month to be a green home.
Q. Where does Evergreen renewable energy come from?
A. Each Evergreen block is tracked by our wholesale power provider Dairyland Power Cooperative. Dairyland's renewable energy comes from regional solar, wind, hydro and biogas generation resources.
Q. Aren't power providers required to produce a certain amount of electricity from renewable energy resources?
A. Some states require a specific percentage of a utility's energy sales come from renewable energy sources. Dairyland is exceeding those directives. The Evergreen blocks members are assigned are above and beyond those requirements.
Q. What are the benefits of participating in the Evergreen renewable energy program?
A. It is affordable. Evergreen is voluntary and designed to fit any lifestyle With blocks starting at just $1 per 100 kWh per month, it allows members an opportunity to be "green" and support renewable energy to the extent their budget allows.
It is easy. Private ownership of renewable energy generation equipment can be limited by cost and location. Evergreen doesn't require any upfront costs for equipment or future maintenance. It provides an option for your home, farm or business to be "green" without solar panels or wind turbines physically on the property.
Q. How do I know I am getting my electricity from renewable energy sources?
A. Dairyland's own generation facilities and other generation resources within its service territory send their power onto the power grid. The actual electricity that serves the home, farm or business may or may not come from renewable sources. However, when members enroll in Evergreen, each member increases the amout of renewable energy flowing into the grid. The Evergreen renewable energy that you purchase will be above and beyond state requirements and will replace electricity that would have been generated by conventional fossil fuels.
Q. How are Evergreen program funds used?
A. Renewable energy from regional renewable energy resources is procured to meet Evergreen subscriptions. Funds are used to procure renewable energy and administer the Evergreen program.
Q. How can I participate in Evergreen?
A. Contact the Cooperative at (800) 214-2694.