Funding Opportunities

Public Service Commission of WI (PSCW): Energy Innovation Grant Program

Municipal and tribal governments, k-12 school districts, and manufacturers are eligible to apply for the $5 million Public Service Commission of WI (PSCW) Energy Innovation Grant Program. The grants will support the reduction of energy consumption and its cost to businesses and taxpayers, increased use of renewable energy and transportation technologies, comprehensive energy planning, and bolstered preparedness and resiliency in energy systems. Project scoring will recognize the benefits of innovation and energy resiliency (energy storage). Proposals are due May 29 at noon.  

Note: This grant uses federal dollars so includes requirements about wage rates and purchasing consistent with federal requirements. Questions about the grant are answered in the FAQ at the link below. Any new questions can be submitted to the PSC only through June 22nd. This is a pilot year for this grant program, which  may be offered and modified at $5million per year for 4 more years. RFP for the $5 million Energy Innovation Grant Program

Funding for Data-Driven Energy Decision-Making in Local Governments

The Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project helps cities integrate energy analysis and data into their strategic decision-making.
As part of the Cities-LEAP project, EERE has released a Notice of Intent for a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications to advance data-driven decision-making by local governments in support of their climate and energy goals.  The FOA will be targeted toward local and tribal governments.  Prospective applicants should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA.
EERE plans to issue the FOA in March 2016 through the EERE Exchange website.  For more information about the FOA and tips for preparing for its release, review the Notice of Intent.

USDA’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program
The Rural Utility Service’s (RUS) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP), managed by the USDA, is a new program with $250 million for direct loans to rural electric cooperatives and other rural electricity providers. EECLP supports energy efficiency, demand side management, and renewable energy generation. Electricity providers can re-loan funds to residential and commercial customers to make energy efficiency improvements. Customers would then repay the loan through on-bill financing. EECLP can assist with roof top solar systems as well. For more information 

Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation

Focus on Energy

  • Focus on Energy's Residential Programs for Wisconsin households.
  • Focus on Energy's Business Programs include:
    • Business Incentive Program that serves farms, businesses, schools, local and non-local governments, industrial (small to medium), and hospitality customers.
    • Chain Stores and Franchises Program that serves retail, restaurants, grocery and convenience stores.
    • Large Energy Users Program for those with average monthly demand of 1,000 kW of electricity or 100,000 therms of natural gas and have previously been billed $60,000 for electricity, natural gas, or both.
    • Retro-commissioning Program for customers interested in building retro-commissioning services.
    • Small Business Program for those with average monthly demand of 100 kW or less.
    • A forthcoming Design Assistance Program.

Other Funding Programs

  • DSIRE - Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency by the US Department of Energy provides state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • Farm Energy - sponsored by the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), provides information on the Federal Farm Bill, including summaries of new energy programs, REAP application assistance, and energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities that benefit farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
  • Got Moola - a resource compiled for small agricultural businesses, provides links to banks, technical assistance, funding opportunities and many programs and organizations to help grow their businesses. Assembled and updated by Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Division of Agri-Business.
  • The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) - offers cost-share grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for energy efficiency improvement or renewable energy development projects.
  • Wisconsin Board of Comissioners of Public Lands-offers project loans to municipalities and school districts, with earnings that fund public school libraries throughout Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
  • Wisconsin Grant Programs - compiled by the State Energy Office, provides a listing of renewable energy related funding opportunities offered by government entities, utilities, companies, and organizations in Wisconsin with links to each program.
  • Wisconsin Energy Efficiency Project (We2) - We2 helps homeowners in Milwaukee and Madison, and businesses in Milwaukee, Madison, and Racine, to reduce fossil fuel emissions, lower energy use, improve buildings' energy efficiency, and grow the economy.

Funding Resources

  • USDA Grants and Loans for Rural Energy
    Farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses can apply now for grants and loan guarantees for clean energy projects under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP, renewed in the 2014 Farm Bill at $50 million, supports a wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, including wind, solar, small hydroelectric and biomass energy technologies. An early application window will end in April or May. Grants cover up to 25% of project costs. The loan guarantees facilitate lending by providing a guarantee of a portion of the principal to the lender.

    The official funding notice has not yet been published, but you can prepare your application. The USDA is working on implementing new rules from the 2014 Farm Bill and the timing for these new rules is uncertain., provides tools and tips to help facilitate application preparation and self-evaluate scoring.  Templates are available at the Iowa USDA REAP web page. Check in with the state staff of USDA rural development who can help and may need to visit the project during the application process. Wisconsin’s contact is Brenda Heinen, 715.345.7615, Ext 139.

  • For information about Energy Funding and Economic Development go to the Resources tab