Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive Program (Wisconsin)

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Last modified on January 5, 2015.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Wisconsin

Name Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive Program
Incentive Type State Grant Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Agricultural, Institutional
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Municipal Solid Waste, Anaerobic Digestion
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 10-40% of eligible project costs

Minimum award of 5,000

Equipment Requirements Cannot exceed 125% of the kWh or Therms consumed by the customer in a given year (except farm biogas projects)

Funding Source Focus On Energy Program
Installation Requirements Must be installed at a site serviced by a participating utility

Maximum Incentive 2013 RFP

Biomass: 500,000
Biogas: 500,000
Geothermal Technologies: 200,000
Solar PV: 100,000
Solar Thermal: 100,000
Wind: 100,000
All technologies: 50% of total project costs.

Program Budget $9 million (2013); $1.5 million (2012)

Program Administrator Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc.

References DSIRE[1]


Note: See the program web site for information regarding future solicitations.

Wisconsin Focus on Energy offers a competitive grant to support the deployment of large renewable energy projects. Grant recipients and projects must be located in a participating electric or gas utility's service territory. The program web site above contains an interactive tool to assist people in determining their eligibility for different programs.

2014 Program Year

The program did not have a budget for 2014. However, the grant amount increased from 40% - 50% of total project costs. Maximum incentive amounts for eligible technologies remains the same. See the program website for information on grant recipients this year.

2013 Program Year

Eligible technologies for the 2013 grants include biomass, biogas, geothermal, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, and wind technologies. Grants are available for between 10% and 40% of eligible projects costs, with a minimum award of $5,000. Required payback periods and grant maximums vary by technology and are outlined below. Focus on Energy has allocated $9 million for the competitive grant program for 2013, with 75% reserved for Group One technologies (biogas, biomass, and geothermal) and 25% reserved for Group Two (solar PV, solar thermal, and wind).


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Focus On Energy - Renewable Energy Program

Address 1 S Pinckney
Address 2 Suite 340
Place Madison, Wisconsin
Zip/Postal Code 53703
Phone (800) 762-7077


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


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