Many renewable energy options require working with, and signing a contract with, a third party provider. While we can't directly recommend specific providers, we're here to help you navigate through your options and provide helpful tips along the way.
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Third Party On-Site Solar Installers
These companies work with you to install solar on your home or business. If you are interested in an on-site solar energy system, you'll want to begin looking for an installer to work with. We recommend soliciting and assessing a minimum of three bids. Once you've found a provider, they can help you determine if your house is a good candidate for solar. Many installers will also help you understand and participate in our Solar*Rewards® for Residences or Solar*Rewards® for Businesses program, and will guide you through the process of interconnecting to our electric system.
Third Party Solar Garden Operators
Third party solar garden operators own and manage a solar garden. You can contract with these operators to purchase or lease a subscription to a solar garden. In return, you receive payment for your portion of the garden’s solar energy production through our Solar*Rewards Community® program. The contracts, terms, prices and agreements for subscriptions are directly between you and the solar garden operator. As when signing any contract, we recommend you compare offers and terms, and consider several options before making a decision.
Some third party providers sell renewable energy credits (RECs), often adding the cost for the RECs to your energy bill through a new, combined bill that the third party produces. These companies may request your private, online Xcel Energy account log-in information, promising to pay your Xcel Energy bill using credit card or banking information that you provide them. We strongly advise you to consider the following tips:
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