Solar Renewable Energy Certificates

In SREC state markets, the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires electricity suppliers to secure a portion of their electricity from solar generators. The SREC program provides a means for Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) to be created for every megawatt-hour of solar electricity created.

The SREC is sold separately from the electricity and represents the "solar" aspect of the electricity that was produced. The value of an SREC is determined by the market subject to supply and demand constraints. SRECs can be sold to electricity suppliers needing to meet their solar RPS requirement. The market is typically capped by a fine or solar alternative compliance payment (SACP) paid by any electricity suppliers for every SREC they fall short of the requirement.

SREC facts

  • 1 SREC = 1 MWh of solar electricity
  • A 10 kW facility generates around 12 SRECs annually
  • SRECs are sold separately from the electricity
  • Value is determined by market supply and demand mechanics
  • Facilities must be certified by a state to sell SRECs
Map of the USA showing SREC states
Light blue key for map States with a solar carve-out and SREC market
Dark blue key for map States with no SREC market but have areas eligible for an outside SREC market

Get started selling SRECs with SRECTrade

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Install your system

SRECTrade works with many installation companies. You should be able to sign up for the EasyREC service through your installer. If not, you can sign up directly on

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Sign up with SRECTrade

Sign up with SRECTrade and we handle all the complexities of getting set up with the required regulatory bodies so that you can start generating and selling SRECs as soon as possible!

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Understand the timing

Once setup, your system should create its first SRECs 2 months later (or within 6 months if you are in MA).

Life cycle of an SREC

Your system generates electricity

Your previous month's production is registered on SRECTrade (or PTS if you're in MA)

SRECs are created and appear in your SRECTrade account automatically the following month

SRECTrade sells your SRECs and you are paid within 10 business days

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