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Renewable Energy Comparison Charts for Business

 

  Standard Energy Mix Renewable Connect Windsource Solar*Rewards Community Solar*Rewards Net Metering
Energy Source

16% Wind

2% Solar

8% other renewables

74% non-renewable

Solar and wind energy Wind energy Community solar energy On-site solar energy On-site solar or wind energy
Cost to Participate 26% renewable energy at no extra cost Subscription fee on Xcel Energy bill Subscription fee on Xcel Energy bill Subscription fee paid to solar garden per contract terms Pay solar installer for equipment per contract terms Pay installer for equipment per contract terms
Financial Benefit Lowest cost renewables keep rates low for everyone Personal per kWh fuel credit for using solar Personal per kWh fuel credit for using wind Bill credit payment for solar energy produced Monthly energy use is offset by solar, plus incentive per kWh of solar Monthly energy use is offset by solar or wind, and get a bill credit for excess
Requires Onsite Installation No No No No Yes Yes
Minimum Contract Length None 0 to 10 years None Up to 20 years Up to 20 years None

Decreases costs for non-participating customers?

Yes Yes Yes No No No
Contract involved No Yes, with Xcel Energy Yes, with Xcel Energy Yes, with Solar Developer No No
Earn renewable energy credits? No Yes Yes No No Yes
Contribution to your clean energy goals? No Yes Yes No No Yes

* Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are the currency used to measure renewable energy produced and used to meet renewable energy goals. If the renewable program allows you to keep the RECs, that renewable energy doesn't count toward our goals and would be over and above the renewable energy we would otherwise produce to meet our goals. Participants choosing these options can claim that they are offsetting their energy use or are using renewable energy. If the renewable program shifts the RECs to us, Xcel Energy, all customers share the benefit of the renewable energy, but you can't actually claim to offset energy use or claim that you've switched to renewable energy.

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