Residential Renewable Energy Program

Program Type Rebate
Technologies Photovoltaics, Wind Energy, and Geothermal Heat Pumps
Amount $2,000 per installed kW for photovoltaics (PVs), capped at 50 percent of project costs or $10,000, whichever is less
Required Documentation Application form filled out prior to construction (available on Wyoming Business Council’s site)
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While this program continues to accept applications—which are beingadded to a waiting list—it’s a little taxed-out at this point. On Dec.1, 2009, the state expanded the program to $2.2 million of grants withAmerican Recovery and Reinvestment Act monies. And within 10 days ofexpansion, the Wyoming energy office said it received 332 applications.However, not all funds have been paid out as of Sept. 2010, and thestate continues to accept applications. The program may see more funding in the future.

The program’s administrator, the State Energy Office, warns applicantsnot to start work on a renewable energy project they’re seeking theincentive for until they receive confirmation from the office. Theenergy office is a division of the Business and Industry Division of the Wyoming Business Council. As of June 30, 2009, the program already hadsupported the construction of more than 174 projects.

The Residential Renewable Energy Program originally only supportedphotovoltaic (PV) projects and with rebates no larger than $2,000. Butwhen it was expanded in December 2009, geothermal and wind was added tothe program, and the rebate level was increased to $10,000 or 50 percent of the installed cost for PV, wind, and geothermal heat pumpinstallations. Solar and wind systems have a rebate of $2,000 per kW,capped at 20 kW. Both grid-connected and off-grid systems are eligible.

Applicants are required to submit an application form prior to startingconstruction. After completing the system, homeowners must submit anequipment invoice, before and after pictures, and during the first yearof operation, quarterly reports. While residents can apply for multiplesystems, they can only receive one incentive per project type.



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