Buying green energy, even without ever mounting a solar panel on a roof, has never been easier thanks to programs that have emerged across the United States. Consumers have signed up in huge numbers to buy the energy produced from renewable sources. Known as Green Tags, consumers can purchase green energy – usually at a premium per kWh – resulting in new RE production to meet that demand. We like Green Tags so much, we’ll be participating in a program beginning in 2003 here at SolarAccess.com World Headquarters.Key related stories from 2002: New Renewable Energy Option Offered in U.S. Northwest – 1/16/2002 Residential and small commercial consumers in Oregon can purchase electricity from a ‘salmon friendly’ green power program that has been launched by Pacific Power and Portland General Electric. Experts Predict Increased Participation in U.S. Green Power Programs – 2/25/2002 Leading experts on U.S. green energy development expressed confidence Thursday that, with improved marketing techniques, a dramatic growth in participation in U.S. green energy programs is likely to occur over the next several years, resulting in penetration levels viewed highly improbable just one year ago. Certified Green Tags Now Available for RE – 3/29/2002 The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) has announced that Green-e certification is now available for tradable Renewable Energy certificates (TRCs) – also known as “green tags.” Green Tags to Florida – 4/29/2002 JEA, the largest municipal electric utility in Florida, and Sterling Planet, Inc., the first company with a nationally available green energy choice, have announced a new plan to market the environmental attributes from solar power installations in the JEA service territory of northeast Florida. Most of the 520 kW have been installed since 2000 at 26 Jacksonville area high schools, where the facilities are demonstrating the benefits of solar power as an emission-free Renewable Energy source. Five Providers of Green Tags Receive Green-E Certification – 5/13/2002 Thanks to the growing availability of Tradable Renewable Certificates (TRCs) or “Green Tags,” green energy choice is a reality for millions from Washington state to Rhode Island.