Investor-Owned Utility Program
The investor-owned utility Program was established as part of The Electric Utility Restructuring Act of 1999, and is supported under Delaware’s public benefits program, the Green Energy Fund. Under the program, incentives are available for the installation of qualifying photovoltaic, solar water heating, wind turbine, fuel cell, and geothermal heat pump systems. The Fund may also be used to support energy efficiency education programs. Grant reservation request forms and interconnection requirements and forms may be downloaded from the Web site shown above.
Delaware Solar Incentives
Under the investor-owned program, 40% of rebate funding is available for residential customers and 60% of funding is available for non-residential customers, including energy efficiency education programs. The total of all grants shall not exceed 65% of the total annual revenue collected for the Green Energy Fund. For customers of Delmarva Power, the maximum individual grant amount is generally 25% of installation costs for photovoltaic (PV), solar water heating, fuel cells*, and wind turbine systems. Non-profits that do not use a third-party ownership structure are eligible for a grant of up to 35% of installed costs. The following incentive caps apply to the grants:
- PV – Residential, $31,500; non-residential, $250,000
- Solar Water Heating – Residential, $3,000; non-residential, $250,000
- Solar Water Heating integrated into a radiant heating application – Residential, $5,000; non-residential, $250,000
- Small Wind Turbines – Residential, $22,500; non-residential, $100,000
- Fuel Cells – Residential, $22,500; non-residential, $250,000
Grants are also available for geothermal heat pumps at a maximum of $600/ton, capped at $25,000 for non-residential systems. Residential geothermal heat pump grants are capped at $3,000 and $2,500 depending on their efficiency.
All systems must be installed by a participating contractor and carry a full five year warranty. For further details on systems that qualify for rebates under this program, see the Green Energy Fund Regulations.
To be eligible for funding consideration, an Energy Efficiency Information Program must encourage energy efficiency improvements through education, information, or promotion. Proposals may target groups of consumers, using outreach, communications, technical support, or analytical resources. Energy Efficiency Information Programs may include residential or nonresidential customers.