Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. - Renewable Energy Rebate (Wisconsin)
Last modified on September 25, 2013.
Financial Incentive Program
|Name||Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. - Renewable Energy Rebate|
|Incentive Type||Utility Rebate Program|
|Applicable Sector||Commercial, Residential|
|Eligible Technologies||Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Site Assessments|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Amount||Solar-thermal systems: 25-30/sq. foot of collector area; PV systems: 1-3/kWh; Wind-energy systems: 25% of project cost; Site assessments: 75% of fee; Repairs to existing systems: 50% of project cost|
|Equipment Requirements||Solar-thermal equipment must be certified by the SRCC and backed by an extended warranty|
|Installation Requirements||Solar-thermal equipment must be installed by an experienced solar contractor. All electrically-operated components must meet applicable safety requirements of the NEC.|
|Maximum Incentive||Solar-thermal systems: 3,500; PV systems: 10,000; Wind-energy systems: 10,000; Site assessments: 375; Repairs to existing systems: 2,500|
|Program Administrator||Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. (WPPI)|
Rebates for renewable-energy systems are available to residential and small commercial customers of all Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. (WPPI) utilities. The following technologies generally qualify for a cash rebate:
Residential Solar Water-Heating Systems For new systems using electricity as the backup water-heating fuel, eligible customers will receive a rebate of $30 per square foot of collector area. For systems using propane or natural gas as the backup water-heating fuel, customers will receive $25 per square foot of collector area. The maximum award is the lesser of $3,500 or 35% of project cost.
Solar-Thermal Heating Systems Rebates are available for solar-thermal heating systems for buildings that use electricity as their primary heat source. (Electric space heating must provide more than 50% of the building’s space-heating needs.) Eligible customers will receive a rebate of $30 per square foot of collector area. The maximum award is the lesser of $3,500 or 35% of project cost.
Photovoltaic (PV) Systems For rack-mounted or building-integrated PV systems rated 20 kilowatts (kW) or less, eligible customers will receive a rebate based on estimated annual energy production, calculated using the "PV Watts" program developed by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). A rebate of $3 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) is available for systems incorporated into new construction. A rebate of $2.50 per kWh is available for systems on existing buildings if the system is purchased from a NABCEP-certified dealer. The rebate is $2 per kWh for systems on existing buildings if the system is not purchased from a NABCEP-certified dealer. Systems installed by owners are eligible for a rebate of $1 per kWh. The maximum incentive is $10,000.
Small Wind-Energy Systems For qualifying wind-energy systems rated 20 kW or less, eligible customers will receive a rebate equal to 25% of the system's cost, with a maximum incentive of $10,000. For planned grid-connected systems, the local electric utility must approve system interconnection prior to installation.
Site Assessments Eligible customers will receive a rebate covering 75% of a site assessment if a renewable-energy system is feasible. The maximum rebate for feasibility studies is $375.
Repair of Existing Systems For service and repairs to existing solar water-heating systems, PV systems and wind-energy systems, owners will receive a rebate equal to 50% of the cost of service and repairs, with a maximum incentive of $2,500. This includes routine maintenance, as well as major system repairs.
Electric customers of the following WPPI-member utilities are eligible:
- Algoma Utilities
- Black River Falls Municipal Utilities
- Boscobel Utilities
- Brodhead Water and Light
- Cedarburg Light and Water Utility
- Columbus Water and Light
- Cuba City Light and Water
- Eagle River Light and Water Utility
- Evansville Water and Light
- Florence Utilities
- Hartford Electric
- Hustisford Utilities
- Independence Light and Power
- Jefferson Utilities
- Juneau Utilities
- Kaukauna Utilities
- Lake Mills Light and Water
- Lodi Utilities
- Menasha Utilities
- Mount Horeb Utilities
- Muscoda Utilities
- New Glarus Light and Water
- New Holstein Utilities
- New London Utilities
- New Richmond Utilities
- Oconomowoc Utilities
- Oconto Falls Municipal Utilities
- Plymouth Utilities
- Prairie du Sac Utilities
- Reedsburg Utility Commission
- City Utilities of Richland Center
- River Falls Municipal Utilities
- Slinger Utilities
- Stoughton Utilities
- Sturgeon Bay Utilities
- Sun Prairie Water and Light
- Two Rivers Water and Light
- Waterloo Utilities
- Waunakee Utilities
- Waupun Utilities
- Westby Utilities
- Whitehall Electric Utility
Customers must reside in the service territory of the participating electric provider, and the system must be installed on the customer's property. Projects must be approved by WPPI before installation. Customers participating in WPPI's Renewable Energy Rebate Program are not eligible for WPPI's Renewable Energy Loan Program. Customers eligible for incentives through Wisconsin Focus on Energy are not eligible for incentives through this program.
|Contact Name||Mike Hodges|
|Department||Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. (WPPI)|
|Address||1425 Corporate Center Drive|
|Place||Sun Prairie, Wisconsin|
|Phone 2||(800) 255-9774|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.