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.

Plus, you can save up to $2,000 (residential) and $4,000 (business) when you install a solar electric system.


  1. 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. 2

    Find a Focus on Energy Trade Ally.

  3. 3

    Complete and submit the Reservation Application along with your proposal documenting a paid $500 down payment toward installation.

    Upon approval of the Reservation Application, an incentive will be held for 90 days. Systems not placed in operation within 90 days will lose their reservation and applicants will have to submit a new Reservation Application to receive an incentive.

  4. 4

    Using a Focus on Energy Trade Ally or qualified contractor, complete the installation of your system. The system must be placed in operation within 90 days of the date of reservation approval to be eligibile for the reward. 

  5. 5

    To receive your incentive, submit an Incentive Application after your system has been placed in operation and prior to reservation expiration.

Solar Electric Systems


Solar Electric System Incentive

Earn up to $2,000 (residential) and $4,000 (business) in incentives for installing a qualifying solar electric system. To qualify for an incentive you must:

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

Solar Electric System Equipment & Property Requirements

  • Select a qualified model 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—kWDC capacity is determined using the standard test conditions (STC) value specified on the qualified product list.
  • Must be installed within 45 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.
  • Applicants must reserve funds by submitting a Reservation Application.