Focus Renewable Energy Competitive Incentive (RECIP) Program
The RECIP Request for Proposals (RFP) that help fund Biogas, Biomass, Solar Thermal, and Wind projects can be downloaded at focusonenergy.com/RECIP.
Submit applications through the online form. Refer to the FAQ document for answers to questions or contact RECIP@focusonenergy.com with additional questions.
|RECIP RFP issued
||May 14, 2021
||June 18, 2021 by 5:00 pm CDT
|Applicants notified of award status via email
||July 23, 2021
|Last day for awardees to accept award
||August 13, 2021
Solar on Schools
|Through a vision and generous support from the Couillard Solar Foundation, MREA launched Solar on Schools to provide resources and grants to Wisconsin K-12 schools and select colleges pursuing solar PV systems.
- Grant: Wisconsin schools and colleges can apply for an in-kind module grant per school building installing solar. Grants are awarded up to 50 kW DC with a corresponding value of $20,000.
- Resource Center: They have compiled case studies, RFP and other templates, guiding documents, finance modeling tools, expert-presented videos, a WI school peer network and more to help schools Solar Planning Teams develop and execute a solar project.
For more information
Focus on Energy Renewable Energy Funding
Focus on Energy 2021 renewable energy incentives are available for commercial and multifamily businesses, local governments and schools, and residents. Of the $2.5 million allocated for 2021,a substantial amount has already been applied for in the first quarter. The amount remaining, as of August 23, 2021, in each incentive category listed below.
|Residential Renewable Incentives
|Multifamily and non-Residential Incentives – 0 to 100 kW
|Multifamily and non-Residential Incentives – 100 to 300 kW
|Multifamily and non-Residential Incentives – 300+ kW
|Rural Bonus Incentives
|Agricultural Producer Bonus Incentives
2021 Focus on Energy Renewables Incentives
Residential Solar PV Incentives $1.5 million in 2021
|Residential Customer Solar PV Incentive
|$500 per system
- Residential customers can receive up to $500 to offset interconnection and permitting costs
- Rural incentive bonus = additional $500 per system in specified zip codes ($450,000 budgeted)
Business Solar PV Incentives
|System size in kW (DC)
|0 to 5 kW
||$200 per kW
|5 to 10 kW
||$1,000 + $150 per kW above 10 kW
|10 to 100 kW
||$1,750 + $125 per kW above 100 kW
|100 to 300 kW
||$13,000 + $100 per kW above 100 kW
|300 to 500 kW
||$33,000 + $85 per kW above 300 kW
NOTE: 2021 Solar Electric PV Reservation Application form is recommended to secure funding (in 2020, funds were used up quickly). The form can be used for PV systems for single family (1-3 units), Commercial or multi-family (4+ units), and agricultural producers. Be aware that the date of interconnection entered will be the final date funds are reserved for the project.
Grant Writing Basics Blog Series
Learn tips and advice for writing federal grant applications through the Grant Writing Basics Blog Series. The goal of the series is to provide the essential basics to begin writing on a solid foundation.
Topics covered include:
· How to Start Working on Future Funding Opportunities
· Demystifying Funding Opportunity Announcements
· Tips to Avoid Last Minute Problems
· Making Sure You Are Eligible before Writing
For more information
BCPL Funds School Clean Energy Projects
The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) makes loan funds available to Wisconsin School Districts for school energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The Board recognizes the economic materiality of climate change and potential impacts of climate change on investments. BCPL manages $1.2 billion in State Trust Funds that benefit K-12 public schools and the University of Wisconsin.
For more information about the funding opportunity. Direct questions to BCPL Loan Officer.
COVID-19 Financial Assistance
UW-Madison Small Business Development Center
The UW-Madison Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides no- cost consulting and assistance in this time of economic challenges due to COVID-19. There are SBDC offices across the state.