Solar Energy Incentive

Go solar in 2020. Good for you; even better for the environment.

Why go solar?

Solar panels convert the sun’s energy - even on a cloudy day - to electricity.

Solar can have a steep upfront cost but with help from River Falls Municipal Utilities and Focus on Energy and a 30 percent Federal tax credit, the payback can be between 7-12 years. 2020 is the best year so far to install solar in River Falls.

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Interconnection Agreements for Installers and Developers

At the beginning of 2020, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission has updated the two necessary distributed generation interconnection agreements. The new forms should be used in place of the original application forms, known as forms 6027 and 6028. The new forms consist of one single base application form, and a series of technology specific attachments. The two forms can be found below. Please submit forms via email to Mike Noreen. If you have questions, contact Mike Noreen by email or call 715-426-3467.

Wisconsin Focus on Energy

Wisconsin Focus on Energy provides Cash-Back Rewards and grants for eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install renewable energy systems, such as solar hot water, solar electric, and wind. Cash-Back Rewards typically cover 20 to 25 percent of the installed cost of the system, making renewable energy systems more affordable. For complete incentive information and eligibility guidelines, visit the website

River Falls Municipal Utilities

RFMU matches the Focus on Energy incentive for solar up to $1000. All projects must be approved by Focus on Energy to receive a RFMU incentive. Projects must also have a Home Energy Assessment done before the solar project begins. The Home Energy Assessment will show you where you can reduce your energy consumption through conservation and energy efficiency measures. As part of the assessment, up to 15 LED will be installed in your home. The cost of the assessment is $25 when installing solar. See the application here.

Certified Site Assessment

Before moving forward with any renewable energy project, Focus on Energy recommends having a certified site assessment done on your home or property. A statewide network of certified site assessors is available to answer questions about the technologies and will provide you with unbiased, site-specific information on the renewable energy potential at your site.

To find out more, visit the Wisconsin Focus on Energy website or call 800-762-7077.