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Welcome to RECS:  
The Renewable Energy Consortium for Schools

The RECS Consortium was launched in February 2014 as the result of a collaboration between the Green Schools Alliance and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership to help promote and accelerate the adoption of renewable energy by all schools  -- primary and secondary schools, and colleges and universities. Schools outside the U.S. are able to join the consortium as a carbon offset purchase.

The consortium is comprised of schools that are collectively purchasing renewable energy for their facilities, earning them national recognition from EPA’s Green Power Partnership (GPP) and paving the way for renewable energy use in the broader educational community. The goals of the consortium are to:

  • Enable participating schools to purchase renewable energy simply and efficiently
  • Ensure that participating schools receive competitively priced Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) through demand aggregation and administrative efficiencies
  • Provide participating schools with the resources and communications support they need to educate their stakeholders and community on renewable energy
  • Demonstrate leadership within the K-12 educational community and establish a standard that will influence and guide the use of renewable energy in schools across the country


In December 2013, a Request for Proposals (RFP) was developed by the GSA and EPA and issued to all providers of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) in order to facilitate the annual purchase of Renewable Energy by schools. As a result of this competitive bid process, and an extensive review process spearheaded by a GSA Member School Steering Committee comprised of school facility and business managers with extensive experience in REC purchasing, the GSA selected Sterling Planet. The selection committee made its decision based on vendor qualifications and background, composition of REC product, pricing, purchasing, mechanism and promotional/curricular support and associated services. 

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