EKOenergy from on-site installations and PPAs

The EKOenergy ecolabel can be combined with all types of renewable energy sourcing, as long as all EKOenergy’s criteria are fulfilled. For example, the ecolabel can also be used for renewable energy consumption from Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and on-site installations.

On this page, we outline the conditions under which consumers of on-site produced electricity, as well as consumers involved in PPAs, can claim that they use EKOenergy-labelled renewable energy.

Consumers who are considering using EKOenergy’s name and logo in their communications can find more information on our logo in your communication page and EKOenergy’s brand book.

EKOenergy ecolabel for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs)

Renewable energy purchased through a PPA contract can be EKOenergy-labelled if all our conditions are fulfilled. See the chapters on electricity, gas and heat for more information.

At least one of the directly involved contract parties (energy supplier, service provider, installation company, the consumer, etc) needs to be an EKOenergy licensee.

Regardless of the volume of energy purchased through a PPA, the EKOenergy licensee has to fulfil the conditions outlined in our License Agreement, such as appointing a contact person, making contributions of 0.08 € EKOenergy license fee and 0.10 € to our Climate Fund (and for hydropower an extra 0.10 € to EKOenergy’s Environmental Fund) per MWh of consumption. For more information about selling EKOenergy, see our web page how to sell EKOenergy.

EKOenergy ecolabel for on-site installations

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Energy coming from on-site installations can carry the EKOenergy ecolabel, giving the consumer the right to communicate about their EKOenergy use. This way, prosumers who want to go beyond simply having solar panels on their own roof, for example, can support EKOenergy’s activities in promoting renewable energy worldwide.

For more information about using the logo in your communications, refer to EKOenergy’s brand book.

Consumers who have on-site renewable energy installations can claim they use EKOenergy-labelled energy if all requirements that are listed hereafter are fulfilled.

  • The installation must fulfil our sustainability criteria.
  • If consumers annually use less than 200 MWh of on-site produced electricity, they must inform the EKOenergy Secretariat in order to use EKOenergy’s name and logo. There is no additional cost, but contacting the EKOenergy Secretariat beforehand is necessary and a voluntary payment to our Climate Fund is highly recommended – as it helps finance renewable energy projects in the developing world.
  • If the consumer annually uses more than 200 MWh of on-site produced electricity, the user has to make a minimum contribution of 0.10 €/MWh to EKOenergy’s Climate Fund. In the case of hydropower, another contribution of 0.10 €/MWh has to be made to our Environmental Fund.
  • If the annual consumption of electricity that is produced onsite is higher than 1000 MWh, the user has to sign our Licence Agreement or involve an EKOenergy licensee. In this case, a contribution of 0.08 € EKOenergy license fee should be paid per MWh in addition to the 0.10 € contribution per MWh to EKOenergy’s Climate Fund. (An additional 0.10 € per MWh to our Environmental Fund, in the case of hydropower.)

Any EKOenergy-licensee (such as an EKOenergy-licensed energy retailer, aggregator or service provider) can represent several prosumers and serve as a contact point between them and the EKOenergy Secretariat, also paying the required contributions for EKOenergy use. In this case, contributions need to be paid for the total volumes of the consumers represented by the licensee, meaning smaller volumes will also be combined and taken into account as a whole.

If the on-site installation is grid-connected, the following additional requirements apply:

  • If the consumer doesn’t work with an EKOenergy-licensed aggregator or service provider, the user must have an EKOenergy-labelled electricity contract for the place where the renewable energy installation is located, whenever this is an option.
  • No Energy Attribute Certificates (e.g. Guarantees of Origin) can be issued for the volumes that are used on-site. If such certificates have anyway been issued, they need to be redeemed on behalf of the consumer to cover the on-site consumption. This is necessary to avoid the possibility of double counting.
  • If the grid-connected system has a backward counting meter (net metering), the EKOenergy ecolabel cannot be used for electricity that has been added to the grid unless the owner can prove that nobody has issued any Energy Attribute Certificates (e.g. Guarantees of Origin) for that production, or that these tracking certificates have been redeemed on behalf of the consumer.