Focus on Energy - Large Renewable Grant Program (WPS Customers Only) (Wisconsin)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Wisconsin

Name Focus on Energy - Large Renewable Grant Program (WPS Customers Only)
Incentive Type State Grant Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Solar Electric: 1 for residential and business; 1.50 for nonprofit and government

Solar Water Heating: 10 for 80% of therms offset for business; 15 for 80% of therms offset for nonprofit and government
Wind: 0.39/kWh/yr
Bioenergy: Calculated based on electricity production, parasitic energy, and therms utilized







Equipment Requirements Solar Electric: >50kW

Solar Water Heating: >15,000 therms/year
Wind: Between 100kW and 15MW Biomass: > 20kW and/or produces >5,000 therms/yr


Expiration Date 2010-12-31

Funding Source Wisconsin Public Service

Installation Requirements Wind: Must be connected to the WPS electric grid


Maximum Incentive Solar Electric and Solar Water-Heating: lesser of 25% or 250,000; lesser of 35% or 250,000 for nonprofits or government

Bioenergy and Wind: 25% or 500,000











Program Administrator Focus on Energy
Website http://www.focusonenergy.com/General/wps/renewable_largeprojects.aspx
Date added to DSIRE 2010-08-24
Last DSIRE Review 2010-09-13



References DSIRE[1]


Summary

Focus on Energy and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) have teamed up to offer businesses within the WPS service territory grants for large-scale renewable energy projects. Funds are distributed on a first-approved basis, and applications are due to Focus by December 31, 2010. Program categories include Large Solar Electric Projects, Large Solar Water Heating Projects, Large Wind Projects, and Large Biomass Combustion Systems. Guidelines and applications for individual categories are available on the program website.

Large Solar Electric Projects Grants are available for solar electric projects over 50 kW. Eligible entities may apply for up to 25% of the total projects cost, or 35% for nonprofits or government entities. The maximum award amount is $250,000. The actual grant amount depends on the annual electrical production and the cost of the installed system. The payback period for the project must be greater than 1.5 years. The project must also replace or save electricity and must remain in operation for at least three years.

Large Solar Water Heating Projects Grants are available for solar water heating projects that offset over 15,000 therms per year. Eligible entities may apply for up to 25% of the total projects cost, or 35% for nonprofits or government entities. The maximum award amount is $250,000. The actual grant amount depends on the annual thermal energy displacement. The payback period for the project must be greater than 1.5 years, the project must replace or save natural gas or electricity, and must be in operation for at least three years.

Large Wind Project Grants Grants are available for wind systems over 100 kW but less than 15 MW. Systems must cost less than $5 million. Equipment and labor costs directly associated with the production of energy are eligible to receive grant funding; however, buildings, legal and proposal fees, and roadwork are not eligible. The grant award amount is $0.39 per kWh/yr, minus parasitic energy, with a maximum of 25% of the system cost or $500,000.

Large Biomass Combustion Systems Grants are available for biomass combustion systems that cost between $2 and $5 million. Systems must be larger than 20 kW and/or produces more than 5,000 therms per year. Major components and equipment associated with the production of electricity and thermal energy are eligible for grants including biomass storage, buildings additions to enclose equipment, automated fuel feed systems, and combustion systems. Buildings, legal fees, and roadwork are not eligible for grant costs.

  • For combined heat and power (CHP) systems, grant awards are calculated as $0.08 x [(kWh annual production)-(kWh annual parasitic energy)] + $0.35 x (annual therms utilized)
  • For biogas or biomass thermal energy systems or methane sales, grant awards are calculated as $0.35 x (annual therms utilized) - $0.08 x (kWh annual parasitic energy)

Please see the program web site for additional details.


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"

Rebates Grants Solar Photovoltaic Incentives

PV Residential Performance-based incentive $/KWh $1
PV Commercial Performance-based incentive $/KWh $1
PV Non-profit Performance-based incentive $/KWh $1.50
PV Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Min KW 50.001 kW

PV Residential Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max $ $250,000
PV Commercial Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max $ $250,000
PV Non-profit Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max $ $250,000

PV Number of Years Applies 1

PV Residential Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff % Max 25%
PV Commercial Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff % Max 25%
PV Non-profit Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff % Max 35%




















Rebates Grants Solar Water Heating Incentives

SWH Commercial Min Size 15,000.001 therms



SWH Commercial Max $ $250,000
SWH Non-profit Max $ $250,000

SWH Commercial % Max 25%
SWH Non-profit % Max 35%








SWH Commercial Number of Years Applies 1


Rebates Grants Wind Incentives

Wind Commercial Max KW 1



Wind Residential Performance-based incentive $/KWh $0.39
Wind Commercial Performance-based incentive $/KWh $0.39
Wind Non-profit Performance-based incentive $/KWh $0.39
Wind Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Min KW 100 kW

Wind Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max KW 15,000 kW
Wind Residential Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max $ $500,000
Wind Commercial Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max $ $500,000
Wind Non-profit Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max $ $500,000
Wind Number of Years Applies 1

Wind Residential Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff % Max 25%
Wind Commercial Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff % Max 25%
Wind Non-profit Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff % Max 25%















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1.  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"