Multifamily Energy Savings Program (Existing Buildings and New Construction) (Wisconsin)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Wisconsin

Name Multifamily Energy Savings Program (Existing Buildings and New Construction)
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Multi-Family Residential
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Building Insulation, Central Air conditioners, Chillers, Clothes Washers, Dehumidifiers, Dishwasher, Duct/Air sealing, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Equipment Insulation, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Heat recovery, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Motor VFDs, Refrigerators, Water Heaters, Geothermal Heat Pumps, LED Lighting, Tankless Water Heaters, Parking Garage Exhaust Controls
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Prescriptive

Varies by equipment type

Custom (Electric):
Tier 1: $0.06/kWh, $100/ peak kW
Tier 2: $0.08/kWh, $150/peak kW
Tier 3: $0.10/kWh, $200/peak kW
Custom (Gas):
Tier 1: $0.80/therm
Tier 2: $1.25/therm
Tier 3: $1.50/therm

Equipment Requirements Varies by equipment type; equipment must be new to qualify for incentives

Geothermal Heat Pumps must be variably controlled

Expiration Date 2013-12-31 (most recent applications)

Funding Source Focus on Energy

Maximum Incentive Prescriptive: Varies by equipment type, $200,000 per project

Custom: Lesser of 50% of cost or $200,000 per project
Total: $200,000 per project and $400,000 per customer tax ID per year for all Focus incentives.

Date added to DSIRE 2010-02-15
Last DSIRE Review 2013-03-13
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Focus on Energy offers incentives to owners of existing apartment and condo buildings who make energy efficiency improvements. The program offers a combination of technical assistance, prescriptive equipment rebates, and custom incentives based on the amount of energy that a project saves. Eligible equipment generally includes energy efficient appliances, HVAC equipment, building shell improvements, and lighting measures. Incentives are available for common area and building improvements, as well as certain improvements made in individual dwelling units.

To begin participating in the program, eligible building owners/managers work with a Focus Energy Advisor to perform a free energy assessment and identify suitable building improvements. For prescriptive HVAC and appliance rebates, up to $10,000 in incentives are available without pre-approval. Custom incentives for electricity and natural gas savings are broken down into three tiers based on the estimated energy savings. View the program web site for a full list of prescriptive and custom incentives for existing multi-family buildings. The Focus on Energy program itself does not have a specific expiration date, although many individual program applications expire at different times throughout the year.

Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that otherwise would not be completed, or to complete projects sooner than scheduled. Its efforts help Wisconsin residents and businesses manage rising energy costs, promote in-state economic development, protect our environment and control the state's growing demand for electricity and natural gas.

Please note that customer eligibility for Focus on Energy incentives is based on utility participation; interested individuals and companies should use the eligibility tool on the program web site to determine if their local utility participates in the Focus on Energy program. Further incentive details, applications, and other information are available at the program website.

Incentives are also available for multifamily new construction. Owners and landlords of existing rental buildings in the Wisconsin Public Service territory may also be eligible for additional incentives and technical assistance. Interested customers should contact Focus on Energy.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Focus on Energy MESP

Address 12075 Corporate Parkway, Ste. 100

Place Mequon, Wisconsin
Zip/Postal Code 53092
Phone (800) 762-7077


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


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