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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Multifamily Energy Savings Program (Existing Buildings and New Construction)   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/14/2014
Program Overview:
State: Wisconsin
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Heat recovery, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Building Insulation, Motor VFDs, Custom/Others pending approval, Led Exit Signs, Vending Machine Controls, LED Lighting, Tankless Water Heaters, Parking Garage Exhaust Controls
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Multi-Family Residential
Varies by equipment type

Custom (Electric):
Tier 1: $0.06/kWh, $100/ peak kW
Tier 2: $0.08/kWh, $150/peak kW
Tier 3: $0.10/kWh, $200/peak kW
Custom (Gas):
Tier 1: $0.80/therm
Tier 2: $1.25/therm
Tier 3: $1.50/therm
Maximum Incentive:Prescriptive: Varies by equipment type, $200,000 per project
Custom: Lesser of 50% of cost or $200,000 per project
Total: $200,000 per project and $400,000 per customer tax ID per year for all Focus incentives.
Equipment Requirements:Varies by equipment type; equipment must be new to qualify for incentives
Geothermal Heat Pumps must be variably controlled
Installation Requirements:Incentives exceeding $10,000 must receive program approval before installation.
Funding Source:Focus on Energy
Expiration Date:12/31/2013
Web Site:

Focus on Energy offers incentives to owners of existing apartment and condo buildings who make energy efficiency improvements. The program offers a combination of technical assistance, prescriptive equipment rebates, and custom incentives based on the amount of energy that a project saves. Eligible equipment generally includes energy efficient appliances, HVAC equipment, building shell improvements, and lighting measures. Incentives are available for common area and building improvements, as well as certain improvements made in individual dwelling units.

To begin participating in the program, eligible building owners/managers work with a Focus Energy Advisor to perform a free energy assessment and identify suitable building improvements. For prescriptive HVAC and appliance rebates, up to $10,000 in incentives are available without pre-approval. Custom incentives for electricity and natural gas savings are broken down into three tiers based on the estimated energy savings. View the program web site for a full list of prescriptive and custom incentives for existing multi-family buildings. The Focus on Energy program itself does not have a specific expiration date, although many individual program applications expire at different times throughout the year.

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.

Please note that customer eligibility for Focus on Energy incentives is based on utility participation; interested individuals and companies should use the eligibility tool on the program web site to determine if their local utility participates in the Focus on Energy program. Further incentive details, applications, and other information are available at the program website.

Incentives are also available for multifamily new construction. Owners and landlords of existing rental buildings in the Wisconsin Public Service territory may also be eligible for additional incentives and technical assistance. Interested customers should contact Focus on Energy.

  Focus on Energy MESP
12075 Corporate Parkway, Ste. 100
Mequon, WI 53092
Phone: (800) 762-7077
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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