Did you know that as an Xcel Energy customer, you’re already using renewable energy? Today, about 28 percent of the energy you use comes from renewable sources. At a low cost, solar power, wind energy, and other sources all add up to create a diverse fuel mix to meet your energy needs. If you want even more green energy, we offer a variety of renewable energy options to choose from.
Find the Renewable Program for you
Not sure which renewable energy option is right for you? With a quick comparison chart, we make it easy to find the program that fits your needs.
|Standard Energy Mix||
|Windsource®||Solar*Rewards Community®||Solar*Rewards®||Net Metering Without Incentives|
|Energy Source||24% Wind, 3% Solar, 1% other renewables, 72% non-renewables|
|Cost to participant||
28% 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||None||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|
|Requires on-site installation|
|Minimum contract length||None||
0 to 10 years
Up to 20 years
|Up to 20 years||None|
|Increases costs for non-participating customers|
|Contract with||No Contract||
|Solar Garden Company||
1) Solar Installer – equipment2) Xcel Energy – interconnection & incentive
1) Installer – equipment2) Xcel Energy – interconnection
|Earn renewable energy credits*|
* Renewable Energy Credits (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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