U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Green Power Network
Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)
August 2008 - Facebook, the online social networking site, launched an application designed to promote renewable energy awareness and participation. Village Green Energy designed the Facebook application, named Green My Vino. Participating wineries will purchase renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Village Green Energy, based on milestone levels of "Green Power Minutes" Facebook users give to each other. Each Green Power Minute is roughly equivalent to the amount of electricity the average person uses in a minute. Once a new pre-determined milestone is reached by Facebook users, another participating winery buys enough RECs to offset its energy use.