More about solar power in Wisconsin
Looking for Wisconsin solar power pros? The directory above provides easy access to renewable energy experts across the state. In addition to solar panel installers and solar thermal (hot water) installers, you'll also find professionals offering home energy audits, energy efficiency consultation and green contracting services. As you may already know, the out-of-pocket cost of a solar energy system is partly a function of government incentives. In Wisconsin, a number of the main utilities -- including Madison Gas & Electric, Wisconsin Power & Light (Alliant Energy) and Xcel Energy -- provide production-based incentive to their residential and commercial customers who install solar panels or solar thermal (solar hot water) systems. The per-kWh incentive that each utility offers varies, but the fact remains that such programs can help reduce the payback period and strengthen the return on investment on a particular solar energy system. Beyond this, the Focus On Energy program offers cash for installing or expanding solar energy systems (and other forms of renewables, like wind) on businesses and homes. Again, payment amounts vary and are liable to change, but as of mid-2009, residential PV panels could receive funds equal to 25% of installed costs, up to $35,00. Finally, don't overlook the 30-percent federal renewable energy tax credit.** Together, both Wisconsin and federal solar incentive programs can dramatically reduce the out-of-pocket costs of going solar.
**For commercial systems installed in 2009 and 2010, businesses may receive a solar energy grant equal to (and instead of) the 30-percent tax credit. The renewable energy grant option has been made possible by the federal stimulus package that was passed in February 2009.
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