NEW: Information about funding for the 2014 Delaware Electric Cooperative Renewable Resource Program will be available on this website and the Delaware Electric Cooperative's website in early December. The DNREC Division of Energy & Climate's Green Energy Program Team will begin accepting applications for grants on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at 8 a.m. with a deadline for acceptinng applications of 4: 30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. The information below will be updated to reflect the 2014 Program Guidelines to reflect 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 2013 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 4 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 2013:
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 calendar year 2013 until this year’s program budget of $260,481.00 is exhausted. After the program budget for 2013 is exhausted, no additional applications will be accepted until the 2014 program opens. Delaware Electric Cooperative and the Division of Energy and Climate will not maintain or accept a queue of requests for 2014 funding after the 2013 budget is exhausted.
For 2013, the total annual funds available to the Renewable Resource Program will be allocated as follows:
- Small Wind Turbines: 2 percent;
- Geothermal Systems: 28 percent;
- PV Class A: 50 percent;
- PV Class B: 20 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. 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.
For application, assistance or technical questions please contact:
Green Energy Program Manager
1203 College Park Drive, Suite 101
Dover, DE 19904
Please submit complete electronic application packages to: