The facts and thoughts presented in this position paper reveal the complexity but also the potential organisational, financial and environmental benefits of integrating off-site electricity into the nearly-zero energy building concept. A thorough analysis of the EPBD's definition, existing concepts for nZEBs, aspects that influence the share of renewable energy and key issues around off-site renewables in nZEBs like energy cost, the advent of grid parity, metering schemes, ownership schemes of electricity generation, standardisation, monitoring, verification and enforcement has been done as a first contribution for starting a broader discussion around this topic.