Geothermal Heat Pumps

Save up to $750 on the installation of a geothermal heat pump system

Geothermal systems use the earth’s temperature to produce reliable and cost-effective energy for heating, cooling, and water heating. Even with Wisconsin’s extreme climate, temperatures remain constant a few feet below the ground’s surface. Geothermal systems exchange this constant below-ground heat with fluctuating indoor, above-ground temperatures. When combined with a large loop field or well, this results in significantly greater efficiency than traditional heating systems.

Geothermal heat pump systems are sometimes referred to as earth coupled, ground source, or water source, but they all refer to the same type of renewable energy.

How do I participate?

  1. Find a Focus on Energy Trade Ally. Complete the installation of your system. Be sure to review program requirements here.

  2. Submit an Incentive Application after your system has been placed in operation.

     

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Incentives

Incentives effective January 1, 2020

Residential Geothermal Heat Pump Systems
Geothermal System with Auxiliary Electric Resistance/LP $750
Geothermal System with Auxiliary Natural Gas $750

*Maximum incentive amounts are based on system cost averages from the previous 12 months and may be updated every six months.

You can also learn more about the available renewable energy opportunities with our Renewable Energy Fact Sheet [PDF]

Equipment Eligibility

Geothermal Heat Pump System with Auxiliary Electric Resistance/LP: $750

  • Limited to customers of participating electric utilities who do not have access to natural gas service. Focus on Energy will verify that natural gas service is not available to the customer prior to processing an application.
  • Incentives cannot exceed 12% of project cost.

Geothermal Heat Pump System with Auxiliary Natural Gas: $750

  • Limited to customers of participating electric and natural gas utilities.
  • Incentives cannot exceed 12% of project cost.

To qualify for an incentive you must:

  • Install the geothermal heat pump in a new or existing residential or non-residential property.
  • Select a qualified model from the Geothermal Heat Pump Qualified Equipment List
    • Energy efficiency ratio (EER) of 17.1 or above.
    • Coefficient of performance (COP) of 3.6 or above.
    • Air-conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institution (AHRI) rated or independently rated based on an appropriate test.
    • Conforms to ACCA Standard 5 Quality Installation Specifications.
    • Minimum five year warranty.
    • Serves as the site's primary heating and cooling source.
    • Three-phase units are ineligible.
    • See FAQs for complete terms and requirements.
       

Terms and Conditions

General Program Requirements

  • System must have a coefficient of performance (COP) equal to or greater than 3.6 based on the efficiency of a closed-loop system.

  • System must have an energy efficiency ratio (EER) rating equal to or greater than 17.1.

  • Installed systems must include an air-cooling option.

  • System must be the primary heating and cooling source for the site.

  • A Pre-Qualified Equipment List is available at bajny.cn/residential/renewable/geothermal-heat-pumps

  • Large commercial (i.e. three-phase) units are ineligible under this application. Contact Focus on Energy for more information.

  • Fuel Eligibility

    • Geothermal Heat Pump System with Auxiliary Electric Resistance/LP:

    • Limited to customers of participating electric utilities who do not have access to natural gas service. Focus on Energy will verify that natural gas service is not available to the customer prior to processing an application. Verify your utility

  • Geothermal Heat Pump System with Auxiliary Natural Gas:

    • Limited to customers of participating electric and natural gas utilities. Verify your utility

To be eligible to participate, the following requirements must be met:

  • System must be installed on a site served by a participating electric utility. Verify your utility.
  • System and components must have a minimum of a five-year warranty
  • Incentive cannot exceed cost to customer.
  • Systems purchased and installed between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 are eligible for funding under the 2020 program year only.
  • The only costs eligible for incentives are materials, equipment, and external labor.
  • Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis on an annual basis. Check remaining funding here.
  • The program is not responsible for items (i.e. applications, supporting documentation, incentive checks) lost or damaged in the mail.
  • Focus on Energy will only pay one incentive for each technology per site per calendar year. Incentives paid on this application cannot be claimed on another Focus on Energy application. Similarly, incentives can only be paid to one person or entity.
  • All equipment installations are subject to verification inspection by the program to ensure the equipment is properly installed and operating. Participants must allow, if requested, the program or a program representative reasonable access to their 德扑棋牌游戏apphome or business to verify the installed equipment.
  • The system is purchased new. Resale equipment, new parts installed in existing equipment, or equipment that is leased, rebuilt, rented, received from insurance claims, received from a warranty, received from a grant, or won as a prize do not qualify.
  • Equipment is installed by a professional contractor with a valid Wisconsin State professional contractor’s license, appropriate insurance, and permits.
  • Equipment is installed conforming to all applicable building, local, state and federal codes, standards, ordinances and regulations, and manufacturer specifications.
  • The system is installed in a property owned by the applicant, or the applicant has received permission from the property owner to install the equipment. If you do not own the property where this equipment is installed, as a residing tenant you are responsible for obtaining the owner’s permission to install the equipment for which you are applying for an incentive. Your submission of this application indicates that you have obtained this permission.
  • All necessary utility service improvement costs are the responsibility of the customer.
  • All necessary service improvement costs, including transformers and service lines, are the responsibility of the customer.
  • System installations must be in compliance with all state, local and federal codes, standards and requirements, including any and all applicable utility standards.
  • System must be installed in conformity with the manufacturer’s specifications and all applicable codes and standards.
  • System owners and installers must obtain all required permits.
  • If the project site is serviced by a participating Focus on Energy utility and uses a non-residential rate, the project site does not have to be owned by the applicant. The project/system equipment, however, must be owned by the applicant in order to qualify and confirmation of this ownership should be provided. System ownership must revert to the property owner after a specified period of time, not to exceed 25 years.
  • In order to receive a commercial incentive, the system must be connected through a non-residential rate meter.
  • Allow approximately 8-10 weeks for your completed application to be processed. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Failure to complete the application in full and provide the required supporting documentation will either delay the payment process or result in your application being denied. Receipt of an application does not guarantee payment of an incentive.
  • Focus on Energy will only pay one incentive for each piece of equipment. Incentives paid on this application cannot be claimed on another Focus on Energy application. Similarly, incentives can only be paid to one person or entity (i.e., either the resident or landlord, not both).