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Renewable Energy Options - Residential

Today, about 25 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 program is right for you?  Use our quick comparison chart to see all your options or click on our quiz link below and we can make it easier to find the program that fits your needs. 

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 Standard Energy Mix


Windsource®Solar*Rewards Community®Solar*Rewards®Net Metering Without Incentives
Energy Source 19% Wind, 4% Hydro, 1% Solar, 1% Biofuel Renewable Connect Windsource SolarRewardsCommunity Solar Rewards Net Metering
Cost to participant

25% 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
Requires on-site installation No No No No Yes  Yes
Minimum contract length None

0 to 10 years


Up to 25 years

Up to 10 years None
Increases costs for non-participating customers No No No Yes Yes  Yes
Contract with No Contract

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1) Solar Installer – equipment

2) Xcel Energy – interconnection & incentive

1) Installer – equipment

2) Xcel Energy – interconnection
Earn renewable energy credits* No Yes Yes No No  Yes

* 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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What's the point in filling your home with cool or warm air, only to have it disappear? Invest in high quality insulation to help keep temperature-controlled air where it belongs.

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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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