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Focus on Energy offers rebates for residential renewable energy systems including geothermal heat pumps, solar electric (PV), and solar hot water heaters. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis while funds are available. The 2012 program year became available July 2 with $700,000 allocated across all technologies.

Interested homeowners must first submit a Reservation Application available on the program web site. Once receiving a confirmation, the equipment must be installed within 10 weeks. A final Reward Application must be submitted after the installation. All equipment must be installed by December 15, 2012, and all Reward Applications must also be received by Focus on Energy by December 15, 2012. All systems must have at least a 5-year warranty.

The solar electric (PV) rebate is $600/kW DC rated capacity. All systems must be at least 0.5 kW in size and listed on the Qualified Module or Inverter list. The rated capacity must be determined by the PV USA Test Conditions value on the associated list. The system must be installed within 45 degrees of due south and with a panel tilt between 10-50 degrees. Obstacle shading must be less than 10% as measured by an industry accepted tool. The maximum reward is $1,200.

The solar water heater rebate is $0.35/kWh saved or $6/Therm saved. All systems must be compliant with the Solar Rating Certificate Council (SRCC) OG-300 installation schematics and equipment inventory requirements. Collectors must be installed within 90 degrees of due south and have an obstacle shading of less than 20% as measured by an industry acceptable tool. The system must be used only to heat domestic hot water. The maximum reward is $1,200.

Geothermal rebates are set at $600/unit. All systems must have an Energy Efficiency Ratio of 15 or more, a Coefficient of Performance of 3.5 or more, and must be AHRI-rated or a similar independent rating. Installations must follow ACCA Standard 5 Quality Installation standards. The system must be the primary heating and cooling source for the home.

Additional program information and application materials are available on the program web site.

Program Overview:
State: Wisconsin
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Residential, Multi-Family Residential
Amount: Solar PV: $600/kW DC
Solar Hot Water (Electric): $0.35/kWh
Solar Hot Water (Natural Gas): $6/Therm
Geothermal Heat Pump: $650/unit
Maximum Incentive: Solar PV: $1,200
Solar Hot Water (Electric): $1,200
Solar Hot Water (Natural Gas): $1,200
Geothermal Heat Pump: $650
Eligible System Size: Solar PV: 0.5 kW minimum
Equipment Requirements: All systems must have a 5-year warranty.
Solar PV: Must be listed on Qualified Module or Inverter list.
Solar Hot Water: Must be SRCC OG-300 compliant.
Geothermal Heat Pump: Must have an EER rating equal or greater than 15 and COP equal or great than 3.5. Must be AHRI rates or equivalent and have multi-stage compressor.
Installation Requirements: Solar PV: Must be installed within 45 degrees of due south, with a panel tilt between 10-50 degrees, less than 10% obstacle shading. Must be installed by a professional contractor.
Solar Hot Water: Collector must be installed within 90 degrees of due south and less than 20% obstacle shading. Must be installed by a professional contractor.
Geothermal Heat Pump: Must follow ACCA Standard 5 Quality Installation.
Funding Source: Focus On Energy Program
Program Budget: $700,000 (2012)
Start Date: 07/02/2012 (current application)
Expiration Date: 12/15/2012 (current applications)
Web Site: http://www.focusonenergy.com/Residential/Renewable/
Contact:

Focus On Energy – Renewable Energy Program
1 S Pinckney
Suite 340
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (800) 762-7077
E-Mail: focusinfo@focusonenergy.com
Web Site: http://www.focusonenergy.com

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