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Xcel Energy - Solar*Rewards Program

Eligibility 
Commercial
Installer/Contractor
Nonprofit
Residential
Savings Category 
Photovoltaics
Program Info
Start Date 

3/1/2006

State 
Colorado
Program Type 
Utility Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Incentive amounts will step down over time as certain MW targets are met
Incentive amounts as of 11/19/2013:
Customer-owned systems up to 10 kW: $0.06/kWh for first 10 years of production
Third-party-owned systems up to 10 kW: $0.03/kWh for first 20 years of production
Systems 10.1 kW up to 500 kW: suspended

Provider 
Xcel Energy

'''''Note: As of October 11, 2013, Xcel is not accepting new applications through the medium program for systems 10.1 kW - 500 kW. Xcel expects to reopen the program in 2014, pending the Colorado Public Utility Commission approval of its 2014 RES Compliance Plan.'''''

Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Program provides incentives for customers who install grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems sized up to 120% of the average annual load of their homes and facilities in exchange for the renewable energy credits (RECs) produced by the systems. All REC purchases are for a period of 20 years unless other legal provision supersedes. The size of the REC payment depends on the size of the system and the owner of the system as shown below. These payments will step down over time as distinct capacity levels, in megawatts (MW), are reached for each system classification. The follow REC payments are in effect as of November 19, 2013. Check the web site above for current REC pricing.
* Customer-owned systems 0.5 kW – 10.0 kW DC: $0.06 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for first 10 years of production
* Third-party-owned systems 0.5 kW – 10 kW DC: $0.03 per kWh for first 20 years of production
* Customer-owned or third-party-owned systems 500.1 kW or greater: determined through competitive bid process.
To qualify for a solar rebate, participants must submit an application and receive approval from Xcel Energy prior to installing the system. A list of PV modules and inverters eligible for the rebate is available on the California Energy Commission’s [http://www.gosolarcalifornia.org/equipment/index.html web site]. All PV systems must carry a five-year warranty from both the manufacturer and the installer, including parts and labor.

Net metering is available for Xcel Energy's customers, with net excess generation (NEG) at the end of a monthly billing period credited to the next month’s bill. If a customer has NEG at the end of a calendar year, the customer will be paid for the credit at a rate comparable to the utility's avoided-cost rate, or the customer may make a one-time election to have the NEG carried forward from month to month indefinitely.

Other Information 

Eligible modules and inverters are listed on the California Energy Commission web site;
Solar systems must carry a five-year warranty from both the manufacturer and the installer, including parts and labor.