Breakdown of Xcel Energy sources

By Conrad Wilson, Minnesota Public Radio
July 6, 2012

Xcel Energy's Solar Rewards Program started in 2010 to give rebates upfront homeowners and businesses that install solar panels. The savings can amount of thousands of dollars. The idea is to help incentivize the industry and bring down the costs. But Xcel is making changes. The company says the program has met its goal to add 6 megawatts of solar to the system -- roughly enough to power 1,500 homes. The company plans to roll back rebates next year and ultimately end the program by 2014.

Graph by Robert Boos, Minnesota Public Radio