Focus on Energy - Renewable Energy Incentives for Nonprofits (WPS Customers Only) (Wisconsin)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Wisconsin

Name Focus on Energy - Renewable Energy Incentives for Nonprofits (WPS Customers Only)
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Nonprofit
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Anaerobic Digestion
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Solar Electric, Solar Water Heating, and Wind: 100% Bonus

Biomass: 50% Bonus

Equipment Requirements 2-year installation warranty and 1-year equipment warranty required for renewable energy systems; A system performance meter with an uncertainty of no more than 5% must be included in electric generating systems; See solicitations for other requirements

Funding Source Wisconsin Public Service
Installation Requirements Vary by technology employed

Maximum Incentive Implementation Grants: Lesser of 250,000 or 25% of costs (except 35% for school or municipal biomass combustion)

Total: 500,000 aggregate for all Focus incentives to any individual or business during each program year (Jan. 1, 2010 - Dec. 31, 2010)
Solar Electric Nonprofit Bonus: 75,000
Solar Water Heating Nonprofit Bonus: 60,000
Wind Nonprofit Bonus: 100,000
Biomass Combustion Nonprofit Bonus:125,000

Program Administrator Focus on Energy

References DSIRE[1]


Wisconsin Focus on Energy offers grants to support the development of renewable energy. Grant recipients and projects must be located in a participating electric or gas utility's service territory and must result in electricity or natural gas savings (i.e., projects replacing LP gas, coal, or oil are not eligible). The Focus on Energy standard program website contains an interactive tool to assist people in determining their eligibility for different programs.

Implementation Grants (Current solicitation valid through 12/31/2010) Implementation Grants provide financial support for large-sized (energy production greater than 5,000 therms annually) biomass combustion projects and farm, municipal, and industrial biogas projects. The program is generally intended to assist systems with an overall cost of $2 million or less. Actual incentive amounts are based on a calculated estimate of the quantity of electricity and/or thermal energy the system will produce in one year. Grants are generally limited to the lesser of 25% of project costs or $250,000, except that school or municipal biomass combustion systems are limited to the lesser of 35% of project costs or $250,000. In order to qualify for incentives, projects must have a simple payback of 1.5 years or more. All implementation grants are competitive in nature and require a project feasibility study.

Special Opportunities As of July 2, 2010 no special opportunity grants were being offered by Focus On Energy.

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. Click here for more details on the overall funding structure of Focus on Energy.

Focus has teamed up with Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) to offer a bonus to nonprofit customers of WPS. Nonprofits who install solar, solar water heating, and wind are eligible for a 100% bonus; those that install biomass are eligible for a 50% bonus. Interested customers should fill out the standard incentive application as well as a nonprofit match incentive application. Both applications are available on the program website.

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


  • 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)"