Wisconsin residential solar energy incentives

Clean power partner solar buyback program – Madison Gas & Electric:

-Through this program, customer generators receive a special rate for the electricity produced from their photovoltaic systems.
-Systems must be between 1 kilowatt and 10 kilowatts and have a bi-directional meter to be eligible. All power produced by the system will be purchased at a rate of $0.25 per kilowatt hour.
-Customers must sign a ten year interconnection agreement with Madison Gas & Electric to participate in this program.

Distributed solar tariff – River Falls municipal utilities:

-Customers of River Falls Municipal Utilities who generate electricity using photovoltaic systems receive a special rate of $0.30/kilowatt-hour on all electricity produced from 1-4 kilowatts on a first-come, first-served basis.
-customer continues to pay their normal retail rate for electricity that they purchase from the utility. All of the energy generated by the customer's PV system is metered separately and exported directly to the grid.
-The $0.30/kWh incentive is applied to all of the energy the system produces for a period of 10 years, under a written contract with the RFMU. The customer receives payment as a monthly credit on their electricity bill.

Advanced renewables tariff – Wisconsin Power and Light:

-This tariff offers customers of Wisconsin Power and Light a production incentive for electricity production from renewable energy sources.
-Qualifying renewable energy sources include solar, wind, biomass/biogas, geothermal, small hydroelectric, wave, tidal, and fuel cells that use renewable fuels.
-Systems placed in service on or after January 1, 2007 are the only ones eligible for this incentive.
--Residential customers must have a minimum participation of 25% of their electricity consumption to enroll.
-The incentive amount for a solar system between 1 kilowatt and 20 kilowatts is $0.25 per kilowatt hour. The program cap is 683 kilowatts.
-The incentive amount for biomass/biogas is $0.12 per kilowatt hour on-peak and $0.0735 per kilowatt hour off-peak. This is for systems that are between 20 kilowatts and 2 megawatts.
-The incentive for a wind energy system that is between 20 kilowatts and 1 megawatt is $0.12 per kilowatt hour on-peak and $0.0735 per kilowatt hour off-peak. This program has a non-solar program cap of 0.5% prior year retail electricity sales.
-The on-peak period is weekdays from 8 AM to 10 PM and the off-peak period consists of all other time periods including many holidays.
-Participants will receive a monthly credit on their bill and will receive a check from the utility whenever their net monthly bill credit exceeds $100.

Renewable energy buy-back rates – Xcel Energy:

-Xcel Energy will purchase electricity and renewable energy credits from residential customers who generate energy by using qualifying renewable energy systems.
-A ten year, fixed rate contract between the customer and utility will be established in order for Xcel Energy to purchase the electricity.
-Eligible systems include wind, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal electric, biomass, biogas, fuel cells using renewable fuels, geothermal electric, tidal, wave, and small hydroelectric systems.
-This program is available to large systems that are not eligible for net metering, however there is a minimum system size of 20 kilowatts. The maximum size is 800 kW for biomass/biogas systems and 1 megawatt for all other technologies.
-All systems must be connected to the grid at a voltage of 50 kV or less and
meet all state interconnection requirements.
Solar and wind energy equipment exemption:
-Any value added by a solar or wind energy system is 100% exempt from general property taxes
-This exemption does not include equipment or components that would be part of a conventional energy system.

Focus on energy – Renewable energy grant programs:

-These are rebate programs offered by Wisconsin “Focus on Energy” are designed to encourage the development and use of renewable energy.
-The amount of the grant is varied by technology and energy production.
-Applicants must be located in the service territory of a participating utility to be eligible to receive a grant.
We energies – Solar thermal incentive program:
-This program is for customers within the service territory of We Energies who wish to install hot water systems.
-The rebate amount offered through this program is equal to 7.5% of the installed system cost with a maximum incentive of $750 for residents.
-Systems must meet all requirements to be eligible.

Net metering:

-All renewable energy systems and combined heat and power systems are eligible for net metering in the state of Wisconsin.
-Systems can be up to 20 kilowatts in capacity but not exceeding.
-Customers receive a credit of the net energy generation produced by their system on their monthly bill.
-If the credit exceeds $25, then the utility must issue a check for the amount payable to the customer.
-Net metering does not apply to electric cooperatives.
Residential renewable energy tax credit:
-This personal tax credit allows the taxpayer to claim a credit of 30% of expenditures including labor costs and installation of qualified residential solar-electric systems, solar water heating systems or fuel cells. Small wind-energy systems and geothermal heat pumps can also be accredited for.
-Solar-electric systems and solar water heaters have a maximum incentive of $2,000 if placed in service before 2009. There is no maximum incentive for systems placed after 2008.
-The excess amount of the federal tax credit may be carried forward to the next taxable year if it exceeds tax liability.
-This can be carried forward until 2016, but after that, it is unknown if the unused credit will be able to be forwarded.

Residential energy conservation subsidy exclusion:

-This is a personal exemption of 100% of energy conservation subsidies provided by public utilities.
-The value of a purchase or installation of any energy conservation measure by a customer such as solar water heat, solar space heat or photovoltaics will not be included in the customer’s gross income.
-Customers of an electric utility company, who participate in the utility’s energy conservation program, may receive a rate reduction of electricity furnished or a nonrefundable credit against the purchase price of the electricity on each monthly electric bill.

Energy-efficient mortgages:

-This is a federal loan program where homeowners can use EEM (energy-efficient mortgages) to finance renewable energy technologies in a home.