Offset Your Carbon Footprint With Solar Carbon Credits

Take Responsibility For Your Carbon Footprint.

Concise introduction to solar carbon credits and their importance in mitigating carbon emissions.

What is Carbon Tax

Carbon tax and carbon markets are mechanisms through which countries can finance ways to meet their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Accord, which seeks to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. South Africa introduced a carbon tax in June 2019 as part of policy measures to help achieve the cabinet approved NDC commitments submitted under the global Paris Agreement on climate.

Benefits of Solar Carbon Credits

Why Choose Solar Carbon Credits?

  • Reduce your carbon footprint significantly
  • Support renewable energy and contribute to a cleaner planet
  • Make a positive impact on climate change mitigation

How Solar Carbon Credits Work

Harnessing Solar Energy for Carbon Offsetting

  • Solar farms produce clean energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Emissions saved are calculated in CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent)
  • Each credit represents a specific amount of emission reduction

    Offset Your Carbon Footprint with Solar Carbon Credits.

    Start making a positive impact on the environment by investing in solar carbon credits. Discover how you can reduce your carbon footprint while supporting clean energy generation. Take the first step towards a sustainable future.

    Carbon Offsetting

    Carbon offsetting is a wav to reduce the impact of carbon emissions by investing in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere.

    • Individuals or companies can buy carbon offsets to balance out their carbon footprint
    • Projects can include renewable energy, conservation, and reforestation efforts.
    • Carbon Offsetting can be a useful tool in conjunction with reducing emissions.

    If a high-impact company takes part in a carbon offset initiative, it can count this towards Its own emission reductions without having to reduce them at the source. Ins means that companies like Eskom can fund retorestation proiects and receive carbon offset credits to help meet their emission reduction obligations. These credits can also be sold on the carbon market, allowing other companies to purchase them.

    There are four processes governing the Carbon Offset Administration System:

    • The granting of an Extended Letter of Approval (ELoA) for projects of offset credits.
    • Credit listing in the Ownership Repository.
    • Credit ownership transfer from project owner to taxpayer; and
    • The retirement of credits to gain an offset certificate (i.e., to offset the liability of an entity that is eligible for the South African carbon tax) and submission to SARS.

    Further documentation is available from the documents here.

    The Offset

    Offset credit transactions occur outside trading exchanges, making price determination difficult. Prices range from under 15 ZAR to over 525 ZAR, varying by project type. Buyers need to understand credit generation, transfer, and usage in the carbon offset credit lifecycle.

    Buyers of offset credits should grasp the basics of credit generation, transfer, and usage, even without detailed program knowledge. Purchasing options vary based on entry point in the credit lifecycle, with earlier involvement offering better prices and terms, though with higher delivery risk and potential for longer wait times.

    The basic lifecycle for carbon offset credits looks like the following:

    Methodology Development

    GHG reductions can be certified for use as carbon offsets, proven they meet the criteria. This involves specific methodologies to project types. Approved methodologies exist, but new ones can be proposed for approval and adoption by project developers.

    Project Implementation, Verification, and Offset Credit Issuance:

    Offset projects are implemented, monitored, and periodically verified to measure emission reductions. Verifications occur usually once a year. Approved verification reports by a carbon offset program result in the issuance of carbon offset credits, equivalent to the verified GHG reductions. These credits are typically deposited into the project developer’s account in the program’s registry system.

    Offset Credit Retirement

    Offset credit holders must “retire” carbon offset credits in order to use them and claim their associated GHG reductions towards a GHG reduction goal. Retirement occurs according to a process specified by each carbon offset program’s registry. Once an offset credit is retired, it cannot be transferred or used (meaning it is effectively taken out of circulation).

    Project Development, Validation, and Registration

    An offset project is designed by project developers, financed by investors, validated by an independent verifier, and registered with a carbon offset program. Official “registration” indicates that the project has been approved by the program and is eligible to start generating carbon offset credits after it begins operation (next step).

    Offset Credit Transfer

    Carbon offset credits can be transferred between accounts in an offset program’s registry after issuance. Buyers can choose to retire, hold, or transfer the credits to other accounts, allowing for multiple changes in ownership before their ultimate use. Transfers typically happen when credits are purchased or traded. For example, after a purchase, the credits are transferred from the project developer’s account to the purchaser’s account.

    How Carbon offset would work in Solar.

    Solar farms produce clean energy, reducing greenhouse gases. Carbon credits can be sold to offset emissions, and solar projects generate solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) as carbon credits.

    In the South African market 1kWh of electricity has an equivalent of 1.06 kgCO2e. Meaning that by generation through solar, this emission can be mitigated whilst still producing the equivalent electricity.

    In the South African market 1kWh of electricity has an equivalent of 1.06 kgCO2e. Meaning that by generation through solar, this emission can be mitigated whilst still producing the equivalent electricity.

    For example: 1.06 kgCO2e/kWh means that 1.06 tCO2e/MWh of solar production would be saved in terms of emissions. With Carbon tax at about R159/ tCO2e, it can be said that a single MWh of electricity production saves about R168.54 by reducing indirect CO2 emissions by 1.06 tCO2e.

    A 10MW solar farm can produce 20,832 MWh annually, mitigating 22,082 tCO2e emissions. Credible Carbon sells credits at R150/tCO2e, generating R3,312,288 annually.

    If a 10MW solar farm can produce about 20 832 MWh annually, this would mitigate emissions which originally would have yielded a value of 22 082 tCO2e a year. Credible Carbon is a registry that sells credits from projects that are independently audited against carbon market standards that have been approved by the UNFCCC. They list a carbon credit at R150 per tCO2e. Meaning the total value of carbon credits generated would be around R3 312 288 annually.

    The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program

    The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program is the world’s most widely used greenhouse gas (GHG) crediting program. It drives finance toward activities that reduce and remove emissions, improve livelihoods, and protect nature. 

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    Gold Standard (GS) Procedure

    Gold Standard for the Global Goals is a comprehensive standard to accelerate global progress toward climate security and sustainable development. Gold Standard for the Global Goals sets requirements for maximum positive impact in climate and development.

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