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Chain Stores and Franchises Program

Eligibility 
Commercial
Savings Category 
Heat Pumps
Lighting
Maximum Rebate 

Prescriptive: Varies by equipment type
Custom: $250,000 or 30% per project
Total Prescriptive and Custom combined: $500,000 per calendar year

Program Info
Funding Source 

Focus on Energy

Start Date 

04/01/2012

Expiration Date 

03/13/2014

State 
Wisconsin
Program Type 
State Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Prescriptive: Varies by equipment type
Custom: 10-30% of project costs

Provider 
Focus on Energy

Focus on Energy offers financial incentives to eligible business customers who install many types of qualifying energy efficient equipment in existing buildings. The program offers both prescriptive incentives for a variety of specific improvements and custom incentives for improvements that do not fall under any of the prescriptive listings. In order to receive awards participants must be a customer of a participating electric or gas utility (i.e., participating gas utility for gas incentives and participating electric utility for electricity incentives). In addition, the Chain Stores and Franchises Program is applicable only to businesses with five or more facilities or franchise locations within Wisconsin. Chains or franchises must be retail, food service, or food sales based. Businesses that do not fit this description may be eligible for the [http://dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=WI111F&re=0&... Small Business Program], the [http://dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=WI107F&re=1&... Large Energy Users Program] or the [http://dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=WI19F&re=1&ee=1 Business Incentives Program].

Below is a list of equipment categories for which incentives are available, with short descriptions of some eligible technologies. Interested parties should see the program web site for incentive amounts and more detailed qualifying criteria. Application periods run from April 1-March 31 of each year.

  • Business: PC Network Energy Management Controls; High Efficiency Vending Machines and Vending Machine Controls; Loading Dock Seals and LED Light Fixtures; High Efficiency Food Service Equipment; Kitchen Hood Ventilation Controls; High Efficiency Pre-Rinse Spray Valve
  • HVAC: High Efficiency Boilers and Boilers Plants; Boiler Controls and Combustion Management Systems; Energy Recovery Ventilators; Condensing Unit Heaters; Variable Frequency Drives
  • Lighting: LED Lamps and Ceramic Metal Halide Lamps and Fixtures; High Efficiency, Low Glare Recessed Fixtures; High Performance and Reduced Wattage T8 Systems; Pulse Start Metal Halides; Lighting Controls - Occupancy and Daylighting; High-Bay Fluorescent Fixtures; Compant Fluorescent Fixtures
  • Refrigeration Systems: Anti-Sweat Heater Controls; Efficient Reach-In Case Door; LED Reach-In Case Lighting and Occupancy Sensors; Evaporator and/or Condenser Fan ECM Motors; Night Curtains; Beverage Cooler Controls; Floating Head Pressure Controls

To obtain custom incentives, interested applicants must work with a Focus on Energy adviser to obtain pre-approval for projects prior to purchasing and installing the equipment. All equipment must be new, and existing equipment must be removed (and preferably recycled). Projects with less than a 1.5 year payback are not eligible, and projects with payback of 10 years or longer may be subject to case-by-case eligibility determinations. Custom incentives must be between 10% and 30% of project costs, and are limited to $250,000 per project. An individual customer may receive up to $500,000 for prescriptive and custom projects combined per calendar year.

Other Information 

Must meet Focus on Energy's standards for energy efficiency