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Net Energy Metering

You can be green and do solar on your own, easily.

So you want to install solar panels to produce your own clean energy? Great, we can help. When you use Net Energy Metering (NEM) and produce more solar energy than you need, the extra energy is added to our grid. Any excess is held in your solar bank for you to use in future months. View the Solar Bank Election form to learn more.

Step 1 - See if Solar is Right for You

If you're wondering how solar works, or if your home or business is right for solar, you should see if solar is right for you.

NEM is available to residential and business customers within our electric service areas. Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) are the currency used to measure the renewable energy produced and used to meet renewable energy goals. Participants in the NEM option can claim the RECs and say they are using renewable energy.

Step 2 - Find a Solar Installer

Once you've decided to go solar with your home or business, you'll want to install a system that's right for you by working with a solar installer. Your installer will help you find the perfect fit based on location, design, and scale.

Filling out a NEM application is next. In most cases, you'll work with a developer or installer who will submit your application for you. You can also create and manage your own application by simply registering and logging into the Application Portal.

Understand the Application Process of how to interconnect a solar system to our grid.

Are you a solar developer or installer? Access our Renewable Developer Resource Center.  

Are you interested in an incentive based program? Then Solar*Rewards® is the right choice for you. The owner of the solar system receives a performance based incentive on a monthly basis, in addition to NEM benefits.

Step 3 - Get More Information

Net Metering

Non-incentivized solar through net metering is one of our “own your own” solar options. It is available to residential and business customers within our electric service areas. Such interconnection is non-incentivized, so you retain the renewable attributes of renewable energy that your PV system produces. You have the choice to then register and/or claim the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), with each REC certifying the generation of one megawatt-hour (MWh) of renewable energy.

Owning your own system provides the benefit from net metering. This allows you to “credit back” excess generation onto your bill to ensure you receive the full value of all your generation. If excess energy generation exceeds energy consumption, you will receive payment for the excess.

Customers participating in Xcel Energy incentive programs such as Solar*Rewards® for Residences or Solar*Rewards® for Businesses sign the RECs over to Xcel Energy during the contracted incentive period.

Additional Information

View the Net Metering & Interconnection Developer Resources page for more in-depth information and details pertaining to this process.

Ask Us

Need more information on net metering? Email Us and we’ll answer your questions and help guide you through the process if you're ready to go solar.

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Energy Saving Tip

Install ceiling fans to keep cool air circulating so you can turn down your air conditioner. Still, make sure to turn off your fan when you leave the room.

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Install carbon monoxide detectors and annually hire a qualified contractor to inspect your home for proper ventilation.

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