CERTs is a statewide partnership with a shared mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects.
US Solar provides clean, renewable energy – and the opportunity for substantial savings – to Minnesotan renters and homeowners through local community Solar projects.
After developing dozens of Solar Gardens that were subscribed to by non-residential customers, such as cities, schools, and the University of Minnesota – our Residential Program has arrived.
Our team’s winning combination of local roots and strong financial background brings you the best overall Solar Garden solution available. We have watched the community solar market mature, and have spent time listening to what is most important to Minnesotans like you.
Share in the savings of renewable energy
No roof required, your Solar Garden is offsite
It’s easy to sign up, pay your bill, and transfer your Sunscription when you move
A Sunscription is designed to save money by allowing you to subscribe to the energy produced at a Solar Garden, rather than owning the actual materials. Through the community solar program, Xcel Energy purchases the energy from the Solar Garden through monetary Bill Credits applied right to your electric bill.
US Solar designs, constructs, and operates Solar Gardens. US Solar also organizes the financing for the Solar Garden, so that you have no up-front costs. Your monthly payment to US Solar goes towards covering those initial project costs and the planned maintenance of the Solar Garden.
$ Bill Credits – $ US Solar Payments = Savings
Your savings are equal to the difference between the Bill Credits you receive from Xcel and the payments that you make to US Solar. We don’t know the exact amount you’ll save, but we estimate the energy production and corresponding Bill Credits to give you an idea of what to expect. Actual savings will vary based on a variety of factors, including actual weather conditions and how fast Xcel’s rates increase each year.
The Agreement lasts for 25 years. Your Sunscription is portable and transferable – your savings move with you as long as you are eligible. See below for additional details on transferring your subscription.
Our pricing is set to provide you with real value. Your Sunscription Payments are based on three things:
You will receive specific pricing information when we offer you the Sunscription Agreement. Your price and price escalator is locked in when you sign the Agreement. This means there’s no surprises, your pricing is predictable from day one.
Now you will have two bills instead of one. You will receive your usual Xcel electricity bill, but it will be reduced based on your Bill Credits for that month. (In the first year, your Bill Credit amount will typically cover most of your bill. As time passes, the panels will produce slightly less energy, so your Bill Credits may no longer cover your whole bill.)
You will also receive a separate bill from US Solar for your Sunscription Payment.
To confirm your eligibility and set up your Sunscription, you need to: provide your contact and Xcel account information, sign the 25-year Sunscription Agreement and Xcel Consent Form, perform a FICO credit check, and set up your ACH or Credit/Debit payment information within our secure platform.