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"The main thing is to go green, not just to get the LEED points, (but) because it’s a good thing to do."

Among the other 20 charter customers there is the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation, the University of British Columbia and Canada Place Corporation.

B.C. Hydro will issue a new call for green energy production this month. The corporation has a target of 800 gigawatt hours of new generation.

Smith calls the Green Power Certificates "a worthy program."

"If nobody supports it, it will just continue to be business as usual," he said.

This is the first program of its kind for B.C. Hydro but there are similar programs throughout North America and in Europe.

Goehring said: "The pilot is an opportunity for B.C. Hydro to learn how to structure, price and promote green electricity and to learn about the market potential – which we hope leads to a more permanent offering to our customers."

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