A central aspect of the Grüner Strom certification is that electricity providers, electric utilities and power supply companies (the “Providers“) invest a fixed amount per kilowatt-hour in new renewable electricity generation plants. Consumers who choose to buy power options recommended by the Grüner Strom certification actively help change the way energy is generated and used.
The Grüner Strom Certification Guarantees:
The material goal of the Grüner Strom certification is the advancement of new renewable electricity generation plants, which meet exacting environmental standards and the delivery of 100 % green electricity from existing plants. An independent party verifies conformity on a regular basis. Grüner Strom is the only certification for green electricity in Germany, indicating endorsement by leading environmental organizations.
The Providers who sell a Grüner Strom certified product pledge to put a fixed amount per kilowatt-hour towards electric power generation from renewable energy such as solar, biomass or wind. This leads to an increasing number of renewable electricity generation facilities that would not otherwise have been built. A portion of the funding amounts may also be put towards projects in developing and transitional countries to help provide support structures for renewable energy systems. Besides electric power plants, the Providers may also support other initiatives, which are spurring the transformation of the energy system such as new renewable energy storage technologies and/or electric vehicle concepts. Because environmentally minded consumers deliberately decided for the certified products our Providers have been able to realize over 1,000 new installations. More projects are in planning stages.
Please browse the interactive map (available in German) if you want to trace where the plants are located in Germany, which type of power they generate and the Providers who enabled their construction. The Statistics (available in German) show successfully funded projects. Overall, there are 70 Providers (available in German) who offer Grüner Strom certified green electricity product options; among them are nationwide Providers but also a number of local and regional Providers.
Translated by Silvia Strauch