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As part of their expanded partnership with Arcadia, Audi is offering certain e-tron owners a 10-year subscription to solar power at no charge.

The offer is apparently available to the The first 3,000 buyers and lessees of eligible 2019 Audi e-tron SUVs delivered on or after February 4, 2020.

According to Audi this program’s cost savings can offset approximately one full Audi e-tron charge per month per customer.

According to current Audi e-tron SUV owners, environmental responsibility is among their top purchase considerations, among other considerations such as quality, design and driving experience expected from Audi vehicles. Audi’s solar program allows drivers to subscribe to remote solar panels located throughout the U.S. at no additional cost. Savings from this solar power are applied directly to the customer’s home energy bill without having to install any hardware.

Each subscription with Arcadia helps generate enough electricity to offset the approximate cost of up to 2,400 miles of driving per year. Subscriptions to the solar projects also help increase nationwide awareness and demand.

Arcadia’s remote solar projects enable customers living within the service territory of a compatible utility to subscribe to a commercial-scale solar project. With lower anticipated cost and environmental impact than fossil fuel energy, the remote solar project sends electricity directly into a local building’s meter or back into the power grid, and, in turn, Arcadia is able to provide subscribers a prorated share of any savings in the form of a credit on their electric utility bills. Through a web- or app-based Arcadia digital platform, members sign up to auto-pay their standard electric utility bill and receive a monthly statement detailing their savings, environmental impact, energy usage and more. Through the Arcadia mobile app and online dashboard, customers can view the details of their solar projects and electricity bills. Because Arcadia’s software is available in all 50 states, the 10-year Audi solar subscription can transfer with the original, eligible e-tron purchasers even if they move residences.

In total, Audi’s solar collaboration with Arcadia has the potential to support approximately 29,000 MWh of solar electricity generation, offsetting the equivalent of 22,000 tons of carbon dioxide, or 2.3 million gallons of gasoline.

How to participate
Eligible e-tron buyers will receive a welcome email from Audi that includes a link to a personalized enrollment page on Arcadia.com. As part of the enrollment process, customers are asked to link their existing, compatible electrical utility account to Arcadia. This allows customers to pay their electric utility bill through Arcadia and receive potential savings from their remote solar subscription in the form of credits on their monthly bill. Eligible Audi e-tron owners will then start receiving solar savings at no additional cost each month for the next 10 years.

With more than 400,000 members connecting to clean energy from wind and solar farms, saving with lower rates and personalized impact dashboards, Arcadia makes supporting renewable energy accessible to more people. Audi has collaborated with Arcadia since September 2018 to support consumer access to renewable energy.

This program complements AUDI AG’s MISSION:ZERO program, in which the company is aiming to make future production globally carbon-neutral. For example, the Audi e-tron SUV is already produced at a carbon-neutral certified facility in Brussels, Belgium.

The Audi e-tron SUV is the brand’s first fully electric model in the U.S., built for everyday usability and repeatable performance. A true luxury SUV, the Audi e-tron was named as the first fully electric vehicle to earn a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation in August 2019. More recently, the e-tron SUV earned Green Car Reports’ “Best Car to Buy 2020” award, and earned a NHTSA five-star safety rating in its New Car Assessment Program.
 

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Not available in Houston and didn’t receive a welcome message from Audi highlighting this promotion when I purchased on March 10th...? Anyone in Texas know of this promotion being offered to them?
 

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Has anyone signed up for this and actually been saving money? I received the offer, but I already have solar on my home so I am not sure that it will actually save money.
 

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Since I leased 2 eTrons this year, I was able to get 2 credits for this program. Arcadia essential takes over billing on your linked utility and you get $10/credit for 10 years for each eTron. (Ie, I get $20). It only works on homes that are not on an annual true solar account set up. Lucky that my parents have another property that is also served by Southern CA Edison so I can use the $20 credit on that unit. And you pay your utility bill with a credit card so you can collect $, points, miles, etc.

Update: been slow roll out. You do have pay $5/month for Wind REC. I'm told that the $20 credits will show up on this month's bill- delayed from February.
 

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Since I leased 2 eTrons this year, I was able to get 2 credits for this program. Arcadia essential takes over billing on your linked utility and you get $10/credit for 10 years for each eTron. (Ie, I get $20). It only works on homes that are not on an annual true solar account set up. Lucky that my parents have another property that is also served by Southern CA Edison so I can use the $20 credit on that unit. And you pay your utility bill with a credit card so you can collect $, points, miles, etc.
Just got my ‘21 etron and looking into the Arcadia credit as well. I live in SoCal and serviced by SCE. Do you happen to recall when you contacted Arcadia and learned that it only works on homes that are not on an annual true up for your solar account, was that not enough to qualify for them (or Audi) to pay you the $750 gift card as outlined in their terms? I can’t switch anything about my sce account as I’m grandfathered in with net energy metering 1.0 (full retail credit for excess solar) so trying to learn as much as I can before signing up and later learning they took over and/or changed a setting on my account that can’t be reversed. It l may be a moot point as Arcadia says the service isn’t available where I live, but Audi still says I need to register with Arcadia. The whole thing is fairly confusing to me as someone with lots of questions and a more complex energy setup and appreciate any additional info you may have learned through your process. Thanks!
 

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Just got my ‘21 etron and looking into the Arcadia credit as well. I live in SoCal and serviced by SCE. Do you happen to recall when you contacted Arcadia and learned that it only works on homes that are not on an annual true up for your solar account, was that not enough to qualify for them (or Audi) to pay you the $750 gift card as outlined in their terms? I can’t switch anything about my sce account as I’m grandfathered in with net energy metering 1.0 (full retail credit for excess solar) so trying to learn as much as I can before signing up and later learning they took over and/or changed a setting on my account that can’t be reversed. It l may be a moot point as Arcadia says the service isn’t available where I live, but Audi still says I need to register with Arcadia. The whole thing is fairly confusing to me as someone with lots of questions and a more complex energy setup and appreciate any additional info you may have learned through your process. Thanks!
I'm fortunate to have 2 SCE accounts. The main house is on the annual Net metering program and was not compatiable with the Arcadia program. However, the condo does qualify.

However, Audi/Arcadia program changed for 2021. Couldn't tell you about the $750 credits. I get $10 x 2 for 10 years. Join me at Arcadia | Arcadia
 
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