1General questions about SolarSPARC solar energy plans

How do SolarSPARC plans work?

For each month you’re enrolled in a SolarSPARC plan, we will set aside money on your behalf for the Green Mountain solar fund. You will also receive an annual credit that increases each year up to the maximum credit amount. See the SolarSPARC electricity Terms of Service or Customer Disclosure Statement for details.

Where are SolarSPARC plans available?

SolarSPARC plans are available in most markets where Green Mountain serves customers.

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Where does the solar power in SolarSPARC plans originate?

When you sign up for a SolarSPARC plan, Green Mountain will purchase and retire renewable energy certificates (RECs) representing the environmental attributes associated with U.S. solar or wind energy generation for 100% of your paid usage, with the percentage of solar and wind depending on the content of the SolarSPARC plan you select. Solar content percentage varies by plan. The SolarSPARC 10 plan uses at least 10% solar energy and up to 90% wind energy, while the SolarSPARC 100 plan uses 100% solar energy. For details, see the contract documents for the plan you select.

What are the differences between the SolarSPARC 100 and SolarSPARC 10 plans?

Our goal is to offer innovative renewable electricity plans that fit your needs. For that reason, SolarSPARC is available in a 100% solar option (SolarSPARC 100) as well as an option made from at least 10% solar and at most 90% wind energy (SolarSPARC 10). Depending on which market you live in, the monthly contribution to the Green Mountain solar fund differs:

  • In Texas: The monthly amount set aside for the Green Mountain solar fund amount and the annual bill credit are the same for both the SolarSPARC 100 and the SolarSPARC 10 plans.
  • In our markets outside of Texas: The SolarSPARC 100 plan includes a higher monthly contribution from Green Mountain toward the Green Mountain solar fund. The more affordably priced SolarSPARC 10 plan lets you support solar with less of an investment.

2Reasons to choose SolarSPARC

How are SolarSPARC plans different from other solar energy plans?

In addition to the solar energy provided by a SolarSPARC plan, you will receive an annual credit that grows each consecutive year you’re enrolled in the plan. Green Mountain will also make a monthly contribution to the Green Mountain solar fund, which is used to support solar projects, programs and technologies.

Why should I sign up for a SolarSPARC plan?

By enrolling in one of our SolarSPARC plans, you help accelerate the adoption of solar energy AND get rewarded for it. Not only does a SolarSPARC plan provide a portion of your electricity using solar energy, it also helps fund efforts to make solar more affordable, effective and available. And as a thank you, you’ll get an annual credit that grows over time.

Why is the SolarSPARC plan a great alternative to putting solar panels on my home?

Many people are unable to “go solar” because they:

  • Do not own their homes
  • Reside in an apartment or other multifamily home
  • Have homes that are not good candidates for solar because of roof orientation, too much shade from trees or buildings, or limited space to accommodate a solar array
  • Have concerns about the upfront cost of a solar array

SolarSPARC allows you to utilize solar energy without installing rooftop solar.

3More about the Green Mountain solar fund

How does the contribution to the Green Mountain solar fund work?

For every month you’re enrolled in SolarSPARC, Green Mountain will set aside a fixed amount to support the Green Mountain solar fund, which helps fund a variety of solar projects, programs and technologies. See the SolarSPARC electricity Terms of Service or Customer Disclosure Statement for details.

How does Green Mountain determine how the solar funds are used?

We consider all kinds of projects, programs and innovations that will help to accelerate the adoption of solar energy by making it more affordable, effective and available.

What solar projects has the Green Mountain solar fund supported in the past?

With support from the Green Mountain solar fund, more than 7,500 kW of residential solar has been installed across Texas. The fund has also supported solar installations at AMLI Residential, the Houston Food Bank and Texas Parks & Wildlife.

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4For current Green Mountain customers

I’m a Texas customer on the Renewable Rewards plan. Can I participate in SolarSPARC with a buyback plan?

Thank you for choosing to build renewable energy generation on your home. Unfortunately, you have to choose either the SolarSPARC plan or the Renewable Rewards plan (available in Texas only).

Can I still contribute to the Sun Club program while enrolled on the SolarSPARC plan?

Yes! Texas customers can still add $5 per month to their electricity bill for the Sun Club when enrolled on the SolarSPARC plan. For customers outside of Texas, Green Mountain Energy automatically contributes on your behalf to the Sun Club each month.

All customers can make a one-time contribution to the Sun Club at any time. For more information or to make a contribution, please visit gmsunclub.com.

5More about the credits

How much will I be credited each year?

  • Texas customers: You will receive a bill credit on your account that will be reflected in your January bill cycle. The amount of the bill credit will be based on whether you enroll between January 1 and June 30 or between July 1 and December 31. See the Texas credit schedule section for details.
  • Customers in all other states: You will receive your credit by mail in March. The amount of the credit will be based on whether you enroll between March 1 and August 31 or between September 1 and February 28. See the credit schedule in all other states section for details.

Texas credit schedule

For each June 30 or December 31 that you have been continuously enrolled in a SolarSPARC plan, you will be eligible to receive $11 in bill credits, with credits accumulating up to the maximum annual credit amount of $121.

A Texas customer who enrolls in a SolarSPARC plan will receive an annual bill credit in the amount shown below:

Credit Payment Bill Cycle If you enroll between January 1 and June 30 If you enroll between July 1 and December 31
January, Year 1 After Enrollment (next year) $22 $11
January, Year 2 $44 $33
January, Year 3 $66 $55
January, Year 4 $88 $77
January, Year 5 $110 $99
January, Year 6 $121 (max) $121 (max)
January, Year 7 $121 (max) $121 (max)

Credit schedule in all other states

Customers outside of Texas who enroll in a SolarSPARC plan between March 1 and August 31 will receive:

Credit Payment Date SolarSPARC 10
Bill Credit Amount
SolarSPARC 100
Bill Credit Amount
March, Year 1 After Enrollment (next year) $18 $22
March, Year 2 $36 $44
March, Year 3 $54 $66
March, Year 4 $72 $88
March, Year 5 $90 $110
March, Year 6 $99 (max) $121 (max)
March, Year 7 $99 (max) $121 (max)

 

Customers outside of Texas who enroll in a SolarSPARC plan between September 1 and February 28 will receive:

Credit Payment Date SolarSPARC 10
Credit Amount
SolarSPARC 100
Credit Amount
March, Year 1 After Enrollment (next year) $9 $11
March, Year 2 $27 $33
March, Year 3 $45 $55
March, Year 4 $63 $77
March, Year 5 $81 $99
March, Year 6 $99 (max) $121 (max)
March, Year 7 $99 (max) $121 (max)

Is there a cap on the annual credit?

Yes, the credit is capped five years after you join, up to the maximum annual credit amount depending on the version of the plan you are enrolled on. See the SolarSPARC electricity contract documents for your plan for details.

What happens to my annual credit if I move?

If you move within a Green Mountain service territory where SolarSPARC is available, you can continue on this plan and will remain eligible to receive your annual credit.

What if I’m no longer a customer at the time the annual credit is awarded?

You must be a Green Mountain SolarSPARC customer at the time the credit is awarded to receive your credit. Every customer in good standing on a SolarSPARC plan at the time the credit is issued will receive a credit, regardless of when you sign up. See the SolarSPARC electricity contract documents for your plan for details.

 

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