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Xcel Energy - Solar*Rewards Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 02/10/2015
Program Overview:
State: Minnesota
Incentive Type: Performance-Based Incentive
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Amount:$0.08 per kWh produced from the PV system over 10 years.
This incentive is paid out annually. Customers also benefit from net metering. A net metering bill credit amount of more than $25, will be compensated by check that month.
A credit of less than $25 will be rolled over to the next monthly bill.
Terms:Production incentive will be paid to the customer for 10 years.
Eligible System Size:Systems 20 kW-DC or less, not to exceed 120% of the customer's on-site annual energy consumption
Installation Requirements:Sign a 10-year Solar*Rewards contract.
Install a system that produces between 0.5 and 20.00kW. Systems of 20.01kW do not qualify.
Installations must be completed within 365 days of submission.
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits:The customer agrees to convey all of the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) or similar green attributes produced by the system to Xcel Energy for the ten-year term of the contract.
Funding Source:Minnesota Renewable Development Fund
Program Budget:$5 million annually
Start Date:1/1/2014
Expiration Date:12/31/2018
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
H.F. 729

Beginning in 2014, Xcel must offer a solar production incentive for systems 20 kW-DC or less. This program by Xcel is called the Solar*Rewards® program, and has launched for the 2015 program year on January 2, 2015. The customer's system capacity may not be more than 120% of the customer's on-site annual energy consumption. Each year for the 5 years of the program (2014 through 2018), $5 million will be allocated from the Renewable Development Fund for the production incentive. Program forms must be completed with a $250 engineering fee. If, prior to the completion of an engineering review, the application is denied or the customer elects not participate in the program, the customer's application fee will be refunded. .

Net metering is available for Xcel Energy's customers. Under net metering net excess generation (NEG) at the end of a monthly billing period is generally credited to the next month’s bill. If a customer's NEG balance exceeds $25.00 at the end of a billing period, the customer will be issued a check for the balance by the utility. Net metering takes place using a bi-directional meter for which the customer pays a small monthly fee. The program also requires a generation meter installed at the utility's expense to measure energy (i.e., REC production) by the solar system. Applicants can view the Solar*Rewards Customer Contract at the link above.

2015 Program Capacity: 4.6 MW





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