Solar Electric (PV) Systems

Save when you install a solar electric system

Solar electric systems, also known as photovoltaic (PV) systems, use sunlight to generate electricity. To capture sunlight, solar panels or modules, are strategically placed on roofs or ground mounted to maximize exposure to the sun. Systems are silent, very reliable, and require little ongoing maintenance.

And yes--Wisconsin really does get enough sun, even in winter, to produce energy and reduce electricity bills for your home or business.

Residential customers can save up to $1,000 when you install a solar electric system. Business customers can save up to $50,000 when you install a solar electric system. Plus, agricultural producers can earn up to $10,000 more for their solar electric system. Agricultural producers are defined as “businesses engaged in the production of grain, livestock, milk, poultry, fruits, vegetables, bees and honey, fish, shellfish, or other common agricultural products including greenhouses.”

How do I participate?

  1. Check to see if your utility participates in Focus on Energy. Review program terms and conditions and check the status of available Renewable incentives.

  2. Find a Focus on Energy Trade Ally. Complete the installation of your system.

  3. Complete the online reservation application to hold your incentive.

  4. Submit the Solar Electric (PV) Incentive Application after your system has been placed in operation.

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Incentives

Incentives effective January 1, 2020

Residential Customer Solar PV Incentives
  Incentive Max Incentive
Single Family Home $200 per kW (DC)

$1,000

 

Business Customer Solar PV Incentives
System Size in kW (DC) Incentive Max Incentive
Up to 5 kW $200 per kW (DC) $1,000
5-10 kW $1,000 + $150 per kW above 5 kW $1,750
10-100 kW $1,750 + $125 per kW above 10 kW $13,000
100-300 kW $13,000 + $100 per kW above 100 kW $33,000
300-500 kW* $33,000 + $85 per kW above 300 kW $50,000

*Solar PV systems 500 kW and above will be capped at the maximum incentive of $50,000.

Additional incentives are available for rural residential customers and agricultural producers. 

  • The residential rural customer bonus of up to $500 for installing a system has been fully subscribed and are not available at this time.
  • Business customers classified as agricultural producers will qualify for an incentive match up to $10,000. Agricultural producers are defined as “businesses engaged in the production of grain, livestock, milk, poultry, fruits, vegetables, bees and honey, fish, shellfish, or other common agricultural products including greenhouses.”

Check the status of the current program year funding available before installing your system.  You can also learn more about the Solar PV programs here:

Equipment Eligibility

Solar Electric System Incentive

Earn up to $1,000 (residential) and $50,000 (business) in incentives for installing a qualifying solar electric system. To qualify for an incentive you must:

  • Install the solar electric system in an existing residential or non-residential property.

Solar Electric System Equipment & Property Requirements

  • Select qualified models from the Solar Electric Qualified Equipment List, which can be found in the supporting documents section below.
  • System capacity must be 0.5 kWDC or greater.
  • System must be installed within 90 degrees of due south.
  • Must be installed with a panel tilt between 10-50 degrees.
  • Must have less than 10 percent obstacle shading based on analysis of an industry-accepted tool.
  • See application for complete details.
  • The residential rural customer bonus of up to $500 for installing a system has been fully subscribed and are not available at this time.
  • Business customers classified as agricultural producers can earn up to $10,000 more for their solar electric system. Agricultural producers are defined as “businesses engaged in the production of grain, livestock, milk, poultry, fruits, vegetables, bees and honey, fish, shellfish, or other common agricultural products including greenhouses.”
  • Both modules (panels) and inverter must be installed to receive an incentive.
  • See FAQs for complete terms and requirements

Supporting Documents and Information

Terms and Conditions

Solar Electric PV Terms and Conditions

All Applicants are subject to the Focus on Energy General Terms and Conditions, which can be found here: https://focusonenergy.com/about/terms 

General Program Requirements

  • System must be installed within 90 degrees of due South.
  • System must be installed with a panel tilt between 10-50 degrees.
  • System must be installed with 10 percent or less obstacle shading, per an industry accepted tool.
  • Eligible models (panels) must be selected from the qualified product list found at gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/equipment/pv_modules.php
  • Eligible inverters must be selected from the qualified product list found at gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/equipment/inverters.php
  • Both Modules (panels) and inverter must be installed at the same time to receive an incentive.
  • The system installed must provide electricity for the site indicated on the application.
  • Solar electric system should be sized to meet local utility tie-in tariff guidelines.
  • System must be utility grid-connected.
     

To be eligible to participate, the following requirements must be met:

  • System must be installed on a site served by a participating electric utility. Verify your utility here.
  • System and components must have a minimum of a five-year warranty.
  • Incentive cannot exceed cost to customer.
  • The only costs eligible for incentives are materials, equipment, and external labor.
  • Systems purchased and installed between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 are eligible for funding under the 2020 program year only.
    • Projects completed in 2019 will receive the 2019 incentive rate (Applicants will have 60 days from completion date to submit application). 
    • Residential projects that began construction, signed contracts, or signed purchase orders prior to November 1, 2019, and will complete before January 31, 2020 will be eligible for, and limited to, the 2019 incentive rate (12% of project cost, up to $2,000).
    • Commercial projects that began construction, signed contracts, or signed purchase orders prior to November 1, 2019, but will not complete until 2020, will be eligible for, and limited to, the 2019 incentive rate (12% of project cost, up to $4,000).
    • Projects that sign contracts or purchase orders after November 1, 2019, and complete in 2020, will be eligible for the 2020 incentive rate.
  • Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis on an annual basis. Check remaining funding at focusonenergy.com/renewable.
  • The program is not responsible for items (i.e. applications, supporting documentation, incentive checks) lost or damaged in the mail.
  • Focus on Energy will only pay one incentive for each technology per site per calendar year. Incentives paid on this application cannot be claimed on another Focus on Energy application. Similarly, incentives can only be paid to one person or entity.
  • All equipment installations are subject to verification inspection by the program to ensure the equipment is properly installed and operating. Participants must allow, if requested, the program or a program representative reasonable access to their home or business to verify the installed equipment.
  • You must be a current customer of a participating electric utility in Wisconsin at the time of equipment purchase and installation. Verify your utility here.
  • The system is purchased new. Resale equipment, new parts installed in existing equipment, or equipment that is leased, rebuilt, rented, received from insurance claims, received from a warranty, or won as a prize do not qualify.
  • Equipment is installed by a professional contractor with a valid Wisconsin State professional contractor’s license, appropriate insurance, and permits.
  • Equipment is installed conforming to all applicable building, local, state and federal codes, standards, ordinances and regulations, and manufacturer specifications.
  • The system is installed in a property owned by the applicant, or the applicant has received permission from the property owner to install the equipment. If you do not own the property where this equipment is installed, as a residing tenant you are responsible for obtaining the owner’s permission to install the equipment for which you are applying for an incentive. Your submission of this application indicates that you have obtained this permission.
  • All necessary utility service improvement costs are the responsibility of the customer.
  • All necessary service improvement costs, including transformers and service lines, are the responsibility of the customer.
  • System installations must be in compliance with all state, local and federal codes, standards and requirements, including any and all applicable utility standards.
  • System must be installed in conformity with the manufacturer’s specifications and all applicable codes and standards.
  • System owners and installers must obtain all required permits.
  • If the project site is serviced by a participating Focus on Energy utility and uses a non-residential rate, the project site does not have to be owned by the applicant. The project/system equipment, however, must be owned by the applicant in order to qualify and confirmation of this ownership should be provided. System ownership must revert to the property owner after a specified period of time, not to exceed 25 years.
  • In order to receive a commercial incentive, the system must be connected through a non-residential rate meter.
  • Allow approximately 8-10 weeks for your completed application to be processed. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Failure to complete the application in full and provide the required supporting documentation will either delay the payment process or result in your application being denied. Receipt of an application does not guarantee payment of an incentive.
  • Focus on Energy will only pay one incentive for each piece of equipment. Incentives paid on this application cannot be claimed on another Focus on Energy application. Similarly, incentives can only be paid to one person or entity (i.e., either the resident or landlord, not both).