Focus on Energy - Renewable Energy Cash-Back Rewards (Wisconsin)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Financial Incentive Program
|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|
|Incentive Inactive Date||2011-05-07|
|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|
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.]]
|Contact Name|| Focus On Energy - Renewable Energy Program
|Address||431 Charmany Drive|
|Phone|| (800) 762-7077
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.
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Rebates Grants Solar Photovoltaic Incentives
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