ADVISORY: The DNREC Division of Energy & Climate's Green Energy Program Team will begin accepting applications for grants on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at 8 a.m. with a deadline for accepting applications of 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Incentive amounts for PV systems have changed and the maximum grant caps have also changed for the 2015 program year. Grants for PV systems will be based on the final interconnection date with the oldest dates being awarded first. For Geothermal systems, the well permit date will be used to determine the order of grants with the oldest dates being awarded first. The information below has been updated to reflect the 2015 Program Guidelines and any changes for the upcoming funding cycle.
The Delaware Electric Coopertive offers grants through the Renewable Resource Program to offset the installed cost of photovoltaic, solar water heating, wind, and geothermal renewable energy systems. Member-owners and contractors applying for grants for photovoltaic, solar water heating, wind, and geothermal heat pumps must provide project information to the Division of Energy & Climate to be approved for funding. The 2015 program year will allow already completed projects that meet all program requirements the opportunity to apply for funding. New projects still require project information to be submitted prior to installing the renewable energy system. Please see section 4.1 of the program regulations for details regarding initial documentation submission requirements.
Due to the popularity of the Renewable Resource Program and the limited funding collected by the Delaware Electric Cooperative each month for the program, all applicants requesting funding through the Renewable Resource Program will wait approximately 3 years for grant payment after their application is approved. The Delaware Electric Cooperative maintains a list of approved grants that are pending payment to allow members to monitor their payment status. If your application is complete, please click here to find out where you are in the Cooperative's payment queue. Please note: The Division of Energy & Climate only administers the program and conducts technical reviews of applications. Neither the State of Delaware nor the Division of Energy & Climate is responsible for grant payment issues.
Important Program Update for 2015:
Renewable Resource Program funding is limited; all grant reservations are approved according to the Renewable Resource Program Regulations during each calendar year. The Renewable Resource Program will accept requests for grant funding during the week of January 26 through 30, 2015. If funding remains after the initial application cycle for 2015, the program may be re-opened to accept applications as the funding budget allows. After the program budget for 2015 ($279,194) is exhaused, no additional applications will be accepted until the 2016 program opens. Delaware Electric Cooperative and the Division of Energy and Climate will not maintain or accept a queue of requests for 2016 funding after the 2015 budget is exhausted.
For 2015, the total annual funds available to the Renewable Resource Program will be allocated as follows:
- Small Wind Turbines: 2 percent;
- Geothermal Systems: 38 percent;
- PV Class A: 50 percent;
- PV Class B: 10 percent.
ADVISORY: Due to the new reservation process, in order for an application to be accepted by the Green Energy Program Team, all initial "phase one" grant documentation must be submitted in full. If the project is complete, please submit all Phase One and Phase Two documents. Electronic submission of application package is encouraged: DNREC_GreenEnergyProgram@state.de.us . Incomplete packages will not be kept on file and will be immediately returned to the applicant or contractor. DO NOT submit partial grant applications. No exceptions can be made to this policy.