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Inflation Reduction Act for Commercial Buildings

Federal dollars available through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) can help property owners with energy audits, retrofits, or upgrades on their buildings. Get started with the Policy Brief on Commercial Building Incentives by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. 

Direct Rebates: Two Home Energy Rebate Programs are still being finalized. More details will be available in late 2023 with programs launching in early 2024. The Wisconsin Public Service Commission selected Focus on Energy as the entity to implement IRA programs once funding is available. 

Tax Credits: Residential tax credits incentivize household electrification by lowering the total cost of qualified upgrades. 

IRA Available Funding Table 

*Funding will be made available after guidance from the Department of Energy and state plans.


Who Is Eligible

What Is Eligible

179D Tax Deduction (Available to all via tax return now)

Owners of commercial buildings and multi-family over 3 stories (non-profits and governments may transfer the deduction)

New buildings and retrofit projects that reduce building energy use by at least 25%

45L New Energy Efficient Homes Tax Credit (Available to all via tax return now)

Owners of multi-family buildings

Multi-family building construction of ENERGY STAR® and net-zero ready standards 

Home Energy Performance-Based Whole-House (HOMES) Rebate Program* (Available through state incentive program late 2023/early 2024)

Owners of multi-family and affordable housing buildings

20-35+% modeled energy savings for multi-family buildings and up to 80% of cost for energy efficiency improvements for affordable housing


High-Efficiency Electric Home Rebate Act (HEEHRA)(Available through state incentive program late 2023/early 2024)

Owners of multi-family buildings

Provides point-of-sale consumer discounts on specific high efficiency electric improvements and appliances that can be combined with tax credits for additional savings

Revolving Loan Fund* (For states by formulas via loans and up to 25% grants + assistance)

Owners of homes and commercial buildings (small businesses or low-income for grants)

Energy audits and upgrades or retrofits to implement recommended cost-effective measures

Energy Auditor Training* (Competitive via state + third-party programs)


Training and certification to conduct energy audits (commercial or residential), including up to 10% for wages

Renew America’s Schools* (Competitive via grants)

Consortia of local education agencies and partners

Energy improvements and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure at public schools

Energy Efficiency Materials Pilot* (Competitive via grants up to $200K)

Non-profit organizations that own buildings

Energy-efficient HVAC, lighting, roofs, windows, and doors

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund* (From 2023-24, competitive via grants, loans + assistance to distributing organizations)

Unspecified, but much of it for low-income and disadvantaged communities

Zero-emission technologies and projects to reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of air pollution

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