Harnessing the Sun’s Power
We are applying the same dedication to solar energy that made us the nation’s No. 1 utility wind energy provider for more than a decade. In the coming years, solar power will become a more significant part of our energy supply. By investing in large, universal solar projects, we are providing solar energy to all customers, while offering additional options for customers who want more.
Xcel Energy has more than doubled the use of solar energy since 2011
Our commitment to solar energy
We support and want to provide customers all forms of solar generation to meet their interests, from universal solar projects to community gardens to private rooftop systems that power individual homes and business. By the end of 2015, we had 190 megawatts of universal solar capacity, enough to power about 53,000 average-size homes for a year. We also have helped more than 31,000 customers install solar panels through our Solar Rewards program in Colorado, Minnesota, and New Mexico. And our solar gardens programs in Colorado and Minnesota are growing, along with the community solar program we launched in Wisconsin.
Letting solar shine
Through a number of collaborative efforts, we are helping advance the development of solar energy. We are the founding member of the Solar Technology Acceleration Center or SolarTAC, the country’s largest outdoor test facility for solar technologies. We also support a number of other efforts through the Renewable Energy Development Fund and Colorado’s Innovative Clean Technology program. Our participation keeps us informed and on the forefront of advances in solar technology.
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