Renewable Energy

Add cost-effective renewable energy to your facility by tapping into valuable financial incentives.

Focus on Energy's Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive Program (RECIP) Update

The Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive Program (RECIP) provides incentives for cost-effective renewable energy systems installed at eligible Wisconsin organizations through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process. Thank you to all who submitted a proposal to the RECIP offering. The response in this most recent round was phenomenal; 90 proposals were submitted for funding and over 50 percent received funding:

  Total # Applicants Total $ Requested Total # Awarded Total $ Awarded
Biogas 4 $2,000,000.00 1 $500,000.00
Biomass 2 $57,780.00 2 $57,780.00
Geothermal 2 $63,242.00 1 $31,399.00
Solar PV 82 $5,505,024.00 48 $3,231,032.00
Solar Thermal 1 $1,000.00 0 -
Wind 0 - 0 -
TOTAL 91 $7,627,046.00 52 $3,820,211.00

NOTE: One applicant applied for multiple technologies; 90 applicants total.

The RECIP Request for Proposals is now closed. The timing of our next round is pending at this time; please check back for more details. Questions regarding the RECIP process should be submitted to, we are happy to add you to our contact list for future updates.


Focus on Energy offers two options to reward businesses that incorporate renewables into their energy-saving efforts: the Renewable Rewards Program and the Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive Program (RECIP). The table below shows key differences between the two programs:

For Businesses and Residents For Businesses Only
Technologies: Solar Electric or Geothermal Technologies: Geothermal, Biogas, Biomass, Wind, Solar Electric, or Solar Thermal
Applicants must reserve funds by submitting a Reservation Application. Upon approval of Reservation Application, the Cash-Back Reward will be held for three months.

Competitive bid process, proposal required. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) will be released twice per year

$650 - $2,400 cap depending on technology $500,000 or up to 50% of the total project cost
No Penalties

Agree to refund portion of reward for failure to meet proposed scope of work or project completion date

Visit the Renewable Rewards Program page for more information on the standard Cash-Back Reward offerings for solar electric and geothermal installations.

Small Farm Anaerobic Digester Program

The Small Farm Anaerobic Digester Program is offering incentives for cost-effective anaerobic digester systems to be installed and operational at small to mid-sized farms. These funds will be available through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process, similar to that of the Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive Program (RECIP). The RFP application and guidelines are available below:


Feasibility Study for Existing Anaerobic Treatment Facility for Production of Biogas to Produce Electricity or Thermal Energy

Focus on Energy offers feasibility study grants designed to encourage end-users to undertake renewable projects in existing anaerobic digester facilities. These grants assist Wisconsin businesses overcome financial barriers to make the study and the engineering of complex upgrades possible. Grant Application and Guidelines can be downloaded below: