Focus on Energy - Renewable Energy Cash-Back Rewards (Wisconsin)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Wisconsin

Name Focus on Energy - Renewable Energy Cash-Back Rewards
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial, Fed. Government, Industrial, Institutional, Local Government, Multi-Family Residential, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government, Tribal Government
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive No
Incentive Inactive Date 2011-05-07
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Varies by technology and type of project; higher incentives available for Efficiency First participants.




Eligible System Size Wind: 100 kW maximum;

PV: 0.5 kW - 50 kW; Solar hot water and biomass combustion: 5,000 therms/year maximum


Equipment Requirements All systems require at least a 2-year installation warranty and a 1-year equipment warranty; longer warranty and other requirements for some technologies

Expiration Date 12/31/2010 (current application)



Installation Requirements All systems must comply with all federal, state and local codes;

Renewable electricity systems must be grid-tied; PV, solar hot water and wind installers must be Focus on Energy full service installers



Maximum Incentive Varies by technology

Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits Not addressed


Program Budget ~$8.4 M (2010 for all renewable energy programs, subject to change)





Program Administrator Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation
Website http://www.focusonenergy.com/Incentives/Renewable
Date added to DSIRE 2002-03-19
Last DSIRE Review 2010-07-05



References DSIRE[1]


Summary

Focus on Energy offers Cash-Back Rewards for installing or expanding renewable-energy systems in residential and non-residential buildings. Eligible projects include wind, photovoltaics (PV), solar hot water, and biomass combustion. Solar pool heating systems installed in at multi-family buildings or public pools are eligible for incentives, but standard residential solar pool heating systems are not. All projects must displace natural gas or electricity. The current application is valid through December 31, 2010, although the program itself has no specified expiration date.

Focus on Energy incentives are generally calculated on the basis of the system's expected performance in therms or in kilowatt-hours (kWh), with smaller systems eligible for larger per energy unit incentives. Non-profit and government entities are generally eligible for higher incentives along with higher maximum incentive amounts. Participation in various energy efficiency programs, referred to collectively as Efficiency First, also entitles customers to higher incentives. Below are some eligibility and incentive details for each type of eligible technology.

Wind-energy systems (100 kW or less)

  • Incentive is determined by the product of the expected annual electricity production multiplied by the Reward Factor (includes components for cost, rated turbine capacity, and Efficiency First participation).
  • Maximum Incentive (20 kW or less): Lesser of $35,000 or 25% costs for residential or for profit businesses, and 35% of costs for non-profits and governments.
  • Maximum Incentive (20.1 - 100 kW): Lesser of $100,000 or 25% costs for residential or for profit businesses, and 35% of costs for non-profits and governments.
  • Repairs also eligible for incentives with certain limitations

Solar hot water systems (5,000 therms or less)

  • Incentive is determined by sector, system size, expected system performance, and participation in Efficiency First.
  • Residential/Business (Standard): Incentives range from $7.20 - $18/therm/yr with maximum incentives of $2,500 - $36,000, capped at 25% of system cost.
  • Residential/Business (Efficiency First): Incentives range from $8.00 - $20.00/therm/yr with maximum incentives of $2,750 - $40,000, capped at 25% of system cost.
  • Non-profit/Government (Standard): Incentives range from $11.70 - $22.50/therm/yr with maximum incentives of $3,000 - $43,200, capped at 35% of system cost.
  • Non-profit/Government (Efficiency First): Incentives range from $13.00 - $25.00/therm/yr with maximum incentives of $3,300 - $48,000, capped at 35% of system cost.
  • Repairs are eligible for incentives of 50% of costs up to $1,500.

Biomass combustion systems (5,000 therms/yr or less)

  • Eligible recipients include businesses, non-profits, governments, and multi-family residential buildings. Residential buildings with three or fewer units are not eligible for this incentive.
  • Eligible fuels include, but are not limited to: sawdust, wood or grass pellets, wood chips, corn, waste vegetable oil, and biodiesel.
  • Up to 1,000 therms/yr: $3.00/therm/yr up to lesser of 25% of cost or $3,000.
  • 1,001 - 3,000 therms/yr: $2.50/therm/yr up to lesser of 25% of cost or $7,500.
  • 3,001 - 5,000 therms/yr: $2.00/therm/yr up to lesser of 25% of cost or $10,000.
  • Repairs of inoperable systems are not eligible for incentives.

PV systems (0.5 kW - 50 kW)

  • Residential/Business: $1.00/annual kWh for up to lesser of 25% of cost or $50,000.
  • Non-profit/Government: $1.50/annual kWh up to lesser of 35% of cost or $75,000.
  • Efficiency First Participants: bonus incentive of $0.25/annual kWh.
  • Repairs of inoperable systems are not eligible for incentives.

Customers must be located in the service territory of a participating electric provider or natural gas provider. Renewable-energy systems must be installed on the property of an eligible customer. Biomass systems that exceed the size limitations described above may be eligible for assistance under the Focus On Energy [[Renewable Energy Grant] program.

Focus on Energy also offers a Site-Assessment Program for residents and businesses. This program provides prospective renewable-energy system owners with site-specific information on how a solar-energy or wind-energy system could meet the owner's energy needs. A site assessment is encouraged for solar projects seeking incentives; it is required when applying for a reward for wind-energy systems. Customers that have site assessments are generally eligible for a discount of $100 - $200 of the cost of the assessment. Non-residential wind participants that install a qualifying wind turbine may be eligible for full reimbursement of the cost of the assessment.

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.]]


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Focus On Energy - Renewable Energy Program


Address 431 Charmany Drive

Place Madison, Wisconsin
Zip/Postal Code 53719
Phone (800) 762-7077


Email renewableapplications@focusonenergy.com
Website http://www.focusonenergy.com
     
     


















  • 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) accessed 2010-07-14"

Rebates Grants Solar Photovoltaic Incentives

PV Rating DC










PV Residential Performance-based incentive $/KWh $1.00
PV Commercial Performance-based incentive $/KWh $1.00
PV Non-profit Performance-based incentive $/KWh $1.50
PV Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Min KW 0.5
PV Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max KW 50
PV Residential Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max $ $50,000
PV Commercial Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max $ $50,000
PV Non-profit Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max $ $75,000

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 Pool Heating Incentives

Pool Commercial Max $ $36,000
Pool Non-profit Max $ $43,200

Pool Commercial % Eligible Costs Max 25%
Pool Non-profit % Eligible Costs Max 35%


Pool Commercial Performance-based incentive $/Thm $7.20

Pool Number of Years Applies 1


Rebates Grants Solar Water Heating Incentives

SWH Residential Max Size 250
SWH Residential Size Unit Thm/yr.

SWH Commercial Max Size 5000
SWH Commercial Size Unit Thm/yr.
SWH Residential Max $ $2,500
SWH Commercial Max $ $36,000
SWH Non-profit Max $ $43,200
SWH Residential % Max 25%
SWH Commercial % Max 25%
SWH Non-profit % Max 35%
SWH Residential $/unit $18.00
SWH Commercial $/unit $7.20
SWH Non-profit $/unit $11.70
SWH Size/output Unit Therm/yr. displaced



SWH Residential Number of Years Applies 1
SWH Commercial Number of Years Applies 1


Rebates Grants Wind Incentives

Wind Rating DC















Wind Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max KW 100
Wind Residential Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max $ 35,000
Wind Commercial Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max $ 100,000
Wind Non-profit Performance-based incentive Feed-in tariff Max $ 100,000
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 35%















  • 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)"