3Degrees offsets corporate water use through investments in two critical ecosystems

Press Release | February 25, 2015

New program allows for continued environmental improvement, leadership

San Francisco, CA – February 25, 2015 – In a continued effort to decrease its environmental impact, 3Degrees has offset its 2014 water footprint through the purchase of Water Restoration Certificates (WRC).

Similar to how companies purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to balance out their electricity consumption for areas where they cannot reduce their energy usage, 3Degrees has purchased WRCs to cover the areas where water usage cannot be reduced, such as day-to-day office operations. Each certificate represents 1,000 gallons of water restored to critically dewatered rivers and streams through solutions like water conservation, updated management and irrigation systems, and changes to water rights and agreements. All projects are certified by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

3Degree is proud to be supporting the Sevenmile Creek project in the Klamath River Basin, and the Colorado River Delta project, located in Sonora, Mexico. The Klamath River Basin straddles Oregon and California, two of the states where 3Degrees operates its largest office sites. The basin is home to six National Wildlife Refuges, but extreme over allocation and diversion of water resources has resulted in inadequate stream flows and the degradation and loss of critical aquatic habitat. The Colorado River Delta, located at San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, was once one of North America’s great desert ecosystems, but due to historical treaties between the U.S. and Mexico that neglected to allocate water to sustain the river, the delta has been almost completely dry for the past five decades....

Brenda Hopewell joins 3Degrees as Director of Strategy and Market Development

Press Release | February 2, 2015

San Francisco, CA – February 2, 2015 – 3Degrees, a renewable energy products and services company, is pleased to announce that Brenda Hopewell has recently joined 3Degrees as the Director of Strategy and Market Development. In this role, Ms. Hopewell will work with company leadership to facilitate growth across the utility market. 

With a strong background in the utility industry, energy markets, and business development, Ms. Hopewell has over seven years of experience in working with utilities across the nation. Most recently, Ms. Hopewell was a senior manager at PECI, a leading energy efficiency services company. In that role, she was responsible for leading market development and strategy for the firm’s operations in California.  Previous to PECI, Ms. Hopewell held a variety of marketing and business development roles in industries including commercial real estate and high tech. 

“I am delighted to join 3Degrees, a leader in developing and implementing utility green power programs,” said Hopewell. “This is an exciting time for the renewable energy industry and I look forward to assisting as 3Degrees launches the next generation of utility program offerings.”

In this new role, Ms. Hopewell will be charged with deepening utility customer relationships and market knowledge. She will engage with North American utilities on 3Degrees current and future offering and will be a key contributor in developing new products for these clients.

“Brenda is a big picture, strategic thinker with a strong understanding of the utility landscape. We are thrilled to welcome her to the 3Degrees team,” said Adam Capage, Vice President, Utility Partnerships.

About 3Degrees

3Degrees partners with utilities across the nation to offer customized green power options to 25 million customers. In addition, 3Degrees provides...

3Degrees expands Community Solar offerings

Press Release | December 10, 2014

From advisory services to program management to marketing: 3Degrees offers both a la carte and turnkey Community Solar solutions 


San Francisco, CA — December 10, 2014 — 3Degrees, which has offered Community Solar marketing and advisory services since 2012, has recently expanded its offerings to include additional a la carte as well as turnkey program management and development services.  These offerings help clients address issues such as product design, project sizing and location, ownership, customer acquisition and retention, and billing and risk mitigation.

“Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach, 3Degrees works with each client to provide custom services that specifically meet their needs,” says Dan Kalafatas, CEO.  “For some, that may be a full end-to-end solution.  But we have found that many utilities appreciate the ability to tap into our expertise for specific challenges they may be having.”

While Community Solar is a hot topic and is starting to experience significant growth, many utilities are unsure of how to get started or how to best manage and grow their program. The Community Solar offerings of 3Degrees are designed to help utilities investigate options and opportunities enabling a utility to design a program with confidence.  Then, once an approach has been selected, 3Degrees helps clients turn that plan into a reality. 

 “We see community solar as a logical extension of utility renewable energy programs,” said Adam Capage, Vice President of Utility Partnerships at 3Degrees.  “Our clients come to us for help in building and launching programs that provide their customers additional options at low cost and risk.”  

About 3Degrees

3Degrees partners with utilities across the...