Solar in Stevens Point

What is Solar?

  • Solar power is energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy. 
  • Solar energy is a clean and abundant renewable energy source. 
  • Solar energy can be harnessed for a variety of uses, including to generate electricity, providing light, heat, and water. 

Solar Systems

Stevens Point is a solar friendly community and encourages the use of alternative energy systems and technology. This is proven with the City’s active role in sustainability and its eco-municipality framework outlined in the 2008 report, A Path to a Sustainable Stevens Point (PDF). The City has also pursued designation as a SolSmart Community, confirmed in the City’s Solar statement

This page serves to be a “one-stop-shop” to obtain tools necessary to plan, permit, and educate for solar systems. 

Permitting

Solar systems are permitted by right or by condition within the city. Generally, smaller residential systems, are permitted by right. Permits for these systems are issued in one to three days. Please see the City’s solar permit application and permitting checklist below. A solar guide brochure has also been created to assist with the permitting, construction, and inspection process.

Installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the City of Stevens Point requires obtaining permits from the City’s Community Development Department. Permits will vary depending upon the project type and system size.  For assistance, please contact: 

Community Development Department
1515 Strongs Ave.
Stevens Points, WI 54481
715-346-1567
communitydevelopment@stevenspoint.com
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

General Permitting and Inspections Process Checklist

  1. Installers must have proper state licenses, such as building, electrical, or plumbing to obtain a permit. 
  2. Installers must submit complete project plans and permit fees per the Department’s current fee schedule.
  3. Upon successful review of the permit application and payment of applicable permit fees, the permit can be issued in three working days or less. 
  4. Upon completing installation of the system, please contact the Community Development Department between 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday to schedule an inspection appointment. Inspections generally will be available within five working days or less. 
  5. Upon approval of the inspection, the City will notify Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) to complete the interconnection process. 

Frequently Asked Question

Does the property’s utility provider need to be contacted to complete the solar installation process? 

Answer: Yes, contact Corey Kuchta (920) 433-2913 at Wisconsin Public Services or email corey.kutcha@wisconsinpublicservice.com

Solar Application

Inspections are required for all solar systems. Inspections can be scheduled by calling 715-346-1567.

Solar Companies & Contractors

Several local contractors install solar PV systems within the community. Certified practitioners can be found through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) website here: 

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners

In addition, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) provides a map of local contractors. The following is a non-exhaustive list of solar companies within the region.

Solar Energy Industries Association

Financing Assistance 

A source of financial incentives for solar systems installation is offered by focus on energy at the link below: 

Focus on Energy Financing Incentive

PACE Wisconsin also offers financing for the installation of renewable energy systems:

Pace Wisconsin financing

Solar Rights

The state of Wisconsin regulates solar and wind rights within State Statute 66.0403. Knowing your solar rights is of great benefit, especially when pursuing a solar system. 

Historic Districts & Properties 

If a property is individually listed on a historic register, landmark, or part of a historic district, contact the City’s Community Development Department at 715-346-1567 to ensure any additional guidelines are being met. Historic guidance on solar installations can also be found within the City’s Historic Design Guidelines (PDF) (specifically page 25).