Below is a list of the current renewable energy related funding opportunities offered in Wisconsin. If you are aware of a grant program that is not listed below, please submit that information.
The opportunities listed below are constantly being edited and updated.
Access the most current list of funding opportunities here.
**NEW**DUE SOON**UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative – Applications due October 17, 2016
The goal of UW2020 is to stimulate and support highly innovative and groundbreaking research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This initiative seeks to fund research projects that have the potential to fundamentally transform a field of study as well as projects that require significant development prior to the submission of applications for external funding. This initiative seeks to support collaborative, multidisciplinary, multi-investigator research projects that are high-risk, high-impact, and transformative as well as those that require the acquisition of shared instruments or equipment that will open new avenues for innovative and significant research.
Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) administers the federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Public Benefits Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP and its related services help approximately 230,000 Wisconsin households annually.
Wisconsin Weatherization Assistance Program
The Wisconsin Weatherization Assistance Program (WisWAP) uses energy conservation techniques to reduce the cost of home energy. Correcting health and safety hazards and potentially life-threatening conditions is the first consideration in WAP activities.
Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program – Applications due August 26, 2016
The Wisconsin Department of Administration now has $1 million of funding available through their Diesel Truck Idling Reduction Grant Program to reimburse up to 50% of the cost of idle reduction devices and installation.
Regulator Replacement Rebate Program – Applications due December 31, 2016 or until funds are depleted
This program is available on qualified regulators installed on or after January 1, 2016 until December 31, 2016 or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first. Wisconsin licensed propane dealers may apply for twenty (20) regulator rebates between the program start date and July 30, 2016. Beginning on August 1, 2016, each propane marketer may apply for more rebates as funds allow. To date $12,900 of the $18,000 fund is remaining.
Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) State Trust Fund Loan Program – Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis
The BCPL State Trust Fund Loan Program finances community & school projects; and are typically used for: 1) School repairs & improvements; 2) Local infrastructure projects; and 3) Local economic development through TIF districts & downtown revitalization projects.
Notice of Intent/Discharge Cost-Share Grants – Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) offer cost-share funding grants to governmental units working with owners and operators of livestock operations to meet pollution control requirements imposed by the DNR.
Environmental Improvement Funds (EIF) Loans Program – Check Web Site for Deadlines
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Department of Administration co-administer program funding for two environmental financing programs for local governments: 1) the Clean Water Fund Program, and 2) the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program.
Hazardous Substance Loans and Grants – Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources offers loans and grant funds can be used for eligible costs incurred for cleanup of contamination from hazardous substances or hazardous substances commingled with petroleum.
Petroleum Loans and Grants - – Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources offers loans and grant funds can be used for eligible costs incurred for cleanup of contamination from petroleum or petroleum products commingled with hazardous substance.
Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) - – Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation provides 50% state grants to governing bodies, private businesses, and consortiums for road, rail, harbor and airport projects that help attract employers to Wisconsin, or encourage business and industry to remain and expand in the state.
Alternative Fuel Tax Refund for Taxis – Claims Accepted on a Continuous Basis
A person using alternative fuel to operate a taxi used to transport passengers may be reimbursed for the paid amount of the Wisconsin state fuel tax.
Alternative Fuel Tax Exemption – Claims Accepted on a Continuous Basis
No county, city, village, town, or other political subdivision may levy or collect any excise, license, privilege, or occupational tax on motor vehicle fuel or alternative fuels, or on the purchase, sale, handling, or consumption of motor vehicle fuel or alternative fuels.
Renewable Fuel Producer Excise Tax and Inspection Exemption - Claims Accepted on a Continuous Basis
No tax is imposed on the first 1,000 gallons of renewable fuel produced or converted from another purpose each year by an individual and used by that individual in his or her personal motor vehicle, if the individual does not sell any such renewable fuel during that year.
Renewable Energy Sales Tax Exemption – Claims Accepted on a Continuous Basis
The sales price from sales of fuel oil, propane, coal, steam, corn, and wood (including wood pellets which are 100% wood) used for fuel sold for residential use are exempt from sales or use tax.
Vehicle Battery and Engine Research Tax Credits – Claims Accepted on a Continuous Basis
Corporations are eligible for a tax credit equal to 10% of qualified research expenses incurred in Wisconsin during the taxable year for qualified research including automotive batteries used in hybrid electric vehicles equal to 5% of amount paid or incurred during the taxable year to construct & equip new facilities or expand existing facilities used in WI for qualified research.
Farm Rewiring Program - Available on a Continuous Basis
The Farm Rewiring Program helps farmers throughout northeast Wisconsin bring their farms' electrical systems up to code and ready for tomorrow. If you would like to take part in the Farm Rewiring Program, start by calling your WPS agricultural consultant.
Focus on Energy- Renewable Energy Loan Program- Check Web Site for Deadlines
For new renewable installations, customers in participating utility territories may apply for a low-interest loan offered in partnership with a private lender, designated by the customer. Focus on Energy provides half (or less) of loan funds for qualified renewable energy projects at 0% interest, and the private lender provides half (or more) of loan funds at market rates. No minimum loan amount requirement. Loans will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis to technically and financially sound projects determined by the financial institution, in partnership with the customers' designated lender.
Focus on Energy - Renewable Rewards for Residential and Business - Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis
The Focus on Energy Renewable Rewards program provides prescriptive incentives available to both residential and business customers for PV (solar electric) and Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP or geothermal)
Focus on Energy – New Homes Program – See Website for Additional Details
The Focus on Energy New Homes Program pairs prospective homeowners with builders and energy experts to construct new homes that are between 10 and 100 percent more efficient than homes built to Wisconsin’s Uniform Dwelling Code. They’re built to be as comfortable, durable, combustion safe and energy efficient as possible.
Focus on Energy – Design Assistance program – See Website for Additional Details
The Focus on Energy Design Assistance Program provides design professionals, builders, developers and building owners with energy-saving options for the design of new buildings. In addition, the program offers incentives to design teams and to building owners, which can be used to reduce the upfront cost of high efficiency measures that exceed Wisconsin building code requirements.
Focus on Energy – Check Web Site for Specific Deadline and Program Information
Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program. The information, resources and financial incentives are available to help implement energy saving projects that otherwise would not be completed, or to complete projects sooner than scheduled.
Alliant Energy Charitable Foundation - Applications due January 15, May 15 and September 15 Annually
Community Grants are directed to projects, programs & initiatives that help protect the environment by supporting organizations that educate, inform & advance environmental issues that benefit residents & communities in four Midwestern states served by Alliant’s subsidiaries.
Alliant Energy (Wisconsin Power & Light) Farm Wiring Grant & Loan Program – Available on a Continuous Basis
Alliant Energy offers a Farm Wiring Grant program to increase farm safety, productivity & efficiency. Alliant Energy will inspect the facility for stray voltage & recommend improvements.
Madison Gas & Electric – Project Financing for Businesses – Available on a Continuous Basis
Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) works with businesses to reduce costs and improve efficiency and profitability. Businesses can turn to MGE for equipment financing, facility improvements or new construction.
Riverland Energy Cooperative Rebate Programs – Available on a Continuous Basis
Riverland Energy Cooperative offers many rebates & incentives for residential customers to save on energy efficient appliance & equipment purchases & installation: for lighting fixtures, Energy Star appliances, electric water heaters, air conditioners, heat pumps, electric boilers, & central electric thermal storage units.
We Energies - Livestock and Dairy Farm Electrical Re-wiring Program – Available on a Continuous Basis
Any We Energies livestock or dairy farm customer can apply for assistance with a re-wiring project.
Xcel Energy Peak Day Partners (PDP) Program – Available on a Continuous Basis
The Xcel Energy Peak Day Partners (PDP) program partners with qualifying businesses to better manage electricity demand when peak electricity load is a concern. In exchange, businesses can receive bill credits or separate payments for participating.
Xcel Energy Farm Rewiring – Available on a Continuous Basis
With Xcel Energy’s Farm Rewiring Program, a farm operation can take advantage of up to $33,000 in grants and loans to help provide the necessary financing to update wiring.
Regulator Replacement Rebate Program– Now Accepting Applications
The Wisconsin Propane Education and Research Council’s 2016 Wisconsin Regulator Replacement Rebate Program encourages the replacement of regulators that are 15 years or older or are a single stage regulator. The propane marketer may receive a rebate in the sum of $30.00 per replaced regulator. This program is available to qualified regulators installed on or after January 1, 2016 until December 31, 2016 or funds are depleted, whichever comes first.
Forward Community Investments (FCI) – Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis
FCI transforms communities by providing loans & advisory services to nonprofit organizations serving its most in-need communities.
Impact Seven – Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis
Impact Seven has assembled a number of different business development loans, incentives and mew market tax credit programs to support growing and retaining businesses in Wisconsin.
C.D. Besadny Conservation Grants – Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis
The Natural Resources Foundation’s C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program provides small, matching grants to conservation organizations in support of projects that promote the responsible stewardship of Wisconsin’s natural resources
at the local level.
Profitable Sustainability Initiative (PSI) Services - Available on a Continuous Basis
Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership's Profitable Sustainability Initiative (PSI) Services can help you identify the most important business impacts and highest return on investment that can be achieved through reaching higher profitable sustainability performance in your company. The Profitable Sustainability Initiative (PSI) methodology utilizes a powerful and unique process that identifies, assesses and implements profitable sustainability solutions that are custom-designed to fit your company’s unique needs and objectives.
Business Planning or Commercialization Planning Assistance - Available on a Continuous Basis
The Center for Technology Commercialization offers this micro-grant funding for hiring an independent, third party to write a comprehensive business or commercialization plan for a Wisconsin business. The program is limited to businesses in certain industries.
Biodiesel Fuel Use Incentive - Available on a Continuous Basis
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides financial aid to school districts using biodiesel to operate school buses.
Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant Program - Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis
The Wisconsin Department of Tourism Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant Program offers cash and guidance to make a promotion or event come to fruition. The grant reimburses Wisconsin non-profit organizations for qualified advertising costs.
Meetings Mean Business Grant Program - Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis
This Wisconsin Department of Tourism Meetings Mean Business Grant Program helps potential Wisconsin destinations by providing financial assistance for facility costs or host destination expenses as they bid for regional and national meetings or conventions.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Assistance - Available on a Continuous Basis
The Center for Technology Commercialization offers micro-grants aimed at technology and research-based Wisconsin businesses who intend to apply for SBIR or STTR federal funds. The grants typically cover costs incurred by a business in hiring an independent third-party to assist in the development of federal SBIR and STTR research and development proposal.
Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (QECBs) – Available on a Continuous Basis
The Internal Revenue Service provides direct-payment subsidy taxable bonds or tax credit bonds that may be issued by state & local governments that allow an issuer to borrow for “qualified conservation purposes” at rates that may be significantly lower than traditional tax-exempt rates. They can be used for public or private projects.
Financial Incentives for the Energy Projects in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin State Energy Office provides a comprehensive guide to Wisconsin financial incentives for clean energy projects.
Financial Resource Guide for Cleanup and Redevelopment
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources provides summaries for many grants, loans, tax incentives & reimbursement programs, & includes a quick reference chart, how-to guide & other web sites to fund brownfield redevelopment projects.
Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC)
The CTC provides business assistance, training, financing opportunities and a network of over 100 organizations helping existing and potential Wisconsin businesses succeed.
The WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection provides this tool to help small businesses develop & grow their value-added business using money, information, and technical assistance outside their organization.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE)
DSIRE offers a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, & federal incentives that promote renewable energy & energy efficiency.
University of Wisconsin Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic provides free legal services.
Madworks Seed Accelerator offers a ten-week class to 5-10 early stage companies using lean start-up methods and providing modest grant funding from WEDC. We also work with other groups such as gBetta and gener8tor.
Merlin Mentors The overall objective of MERLIN is to create a larger pool of viable entrepreneurs within the Madison community. MERLIN fosters growth in the number and quality of Madison area start-up enterprises by matching new entrepreneurs with experienced business people.