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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Design Assistance Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/14/2014
Program Overview:
State: Wisconsin
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Heat recovery, Compressed air, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Building Insulation, Windows, Siding, Roofs, Custom/Others pending approval, Unspecified Technologies, Whole House Fans, Evaporative Coolers, Cool Roofs
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Daylighting
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Construction, Installer/Contractor, Multi-Family Residential
Amount:Design teams: $0.012 - $0.015/kWh saved
Building owners: $0.09/kWh saved and $0.55/therm saved
Eligible System Size:Building must be at least 5,000 square feet for common building types
All other building types must be at least 50,000 square feet
Equipment Requirements:Must meet Focus on Energy's standards for energy efficiency
Funding Source:Focus On Energy Program
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The Focus on Energy Design Assistance Program provides design professionals, builders and developers of new buildings with whole building energy analysis tools. The program offers incentives to reduce the upfront cost of measures that increase the efficiency of commercial, industrial, and multi-family buildings (4 or more units) that exceed Wisconsin codes and standards. Design teams are eligible to receive incentives between $0.012 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) saved to $0.015 per kWh saved. After construction, building owners are eligible for incentives based on projected energy savings: $0.09 per kWh and $0.55 per therm. Eligible measures will be customized for each project, but measures may include:

  • Improved wall assembly
  • Improved roof assembly
  • Improved window/glazed assembly
  • Automated daylighting controls
  • Other lighting controls
  • Lighting design to reduce lighting power densities
  • HVAC system improvements
  • Fan and pump improvements
  • Conditioning of outside air strategies
  • Service water heating improvements

Efficiency measures that are not eligible under this program may be eligible for other Focus on Energy business programs. Eligible buildings include free-standing buildings, adaptive reuse, substantial renovations, and major additions to existing buildings. Please note that customer eligibility for Focus on Energy incentives is based on utility participation; interested individuals and companies should check the list of participating Wisconsin electric and natural gas utilities to confirm their eligibility. Interested design teams and building owners should visit the program web site to begin the enrollment process.

  Focus on Energy
Focus on Energy
1 S Pinckney St., Suite 340
Madison, WI 53703
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.

While the DSIRE staff strives to provide the best information possible, the DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. make no representations or warranties, either express or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of the information. The DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. disclaim all liability of any kind arising out of your use or misuse of the information contained or referenced on DSIRE Web pages.

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