3Degrees shares Community Solar insights in Greentech Media

3Degrees In The News | March 30, 2015

In the first of a series of articles, Adam Capage of 3Degrees addresses ownership and siting of community solar programs.

The first community solar programs were started nearly a decade ago, and, as the name suggests, the early efforts were led by communities -- neighbors, small towns, places of worship -- in each case, a group of people dedicated to building solar systems and sharing the benefits of the electrical output.

From these humble beginnings, community solar programs have grown and evolved to include many different design structures -- in fact, some programs now use the moniker “shared renewables” to reflect the fact that the concept needn’t be limited to solar.  In this three-part series of articles, we’ll focus on what has become the most typical program design: community solar programs launched by utilities in service of their customers... continue reading

 

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...