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Energy Efficiency Investment Fund



The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) provides grants through the Energy Efficiency Investment Fund (EEIF) to help commercial and industrial customers replace aging, inefficient equipment and systems with energy efficient alternatives.

Improving the energy efficiency of a business helps to decrease operating costs, reduce energy consumption, and improve environmental performance. Support from the Energy Efficiency Investment Fund is available to perform energy assessments, to take widely-recognized (prescriptive) improvement steps, and to implement custom, site-specific improvements.

DNREC offers both grants and low-interest loans to support energy efficiency projects. To receive periodic updates on the Energy Efficiency Investment Fund, send an email to DNREC.EnergyEEIF@state.de.us.

Participating Contractors

DNREC will publish a list of participating contractors familiar with the Energy Efficiency Investment Fund approval process and capable of installing eligible measures. Interested contractors may apply on the participating contractors page.

Energy Assessment Grants support single purpose (targeted) energy audits and comprehensive energy audits designed to help facilities receive technical evaluations for appropriate, cost-effective energy efficiency improvements, specific to each building’s needs.

Eligibility

Program participants are non-residential, commercial, and industrial entities located in the State of Delaware. All projects require pre-approval prior to purchasing and installing the equipment. Complete eligibility details, terms and conditions, and program requirements are found in the Program Guidelines and Operational Procedures. Projects that bring the building up to minimum energy code requirements will not be accepted.

Prescriptive Improvement Grants include three types of applications: prescriptive lighting, vending misers, and natural gas heating and water heating equipment.

Eligibility

Program participants are non-residential, commercial, and industrial entities located in the State of Delaware. All projects require pre-approval prior to purchasing and installing the equipment. Complete eligibility details, terms and conditions, and program requirements are found in the Program Guidelines and Operational Procedures. Projects that bring the building up to minimum energy code requirements will not be accepted.

Custom Improvements Grants apply to more complex or one-of-a-kind measures that go beyond the equipment funded by Prescriptive Improvement Grants. Custom incentives mitigate a significant portion of the project costs for high efficiency equipment. They are based on incremental cost, calculated energy and demand savings of retrofit projects, cost effectiveness, and are limited by total project cost. This option allows for the greatest flexibility and creativity in design by providing an incentive on a facility-wide scale or on targeted assessments that save energy. The projects qualifying under this program are generally more complex and include aggressive measures that permanently raise the efficiency levels of standard equipment.

Eligibility

Program participants are non-residential, commercial, and industrial entities located in the State of Delaware. All projects require pre-approval prior to purchasing and installing the equipment. Complete eligibility details, terms and conditions, and program requirements are found in the Program Guidelines and Operational Procedures. Projects that bring the building up to minimum energy code requirements will not be accepted.

Eligible Measures

The following projects may be eligible for custom incentives:

Building envelope
Chillers and boilers
Combustion controls
Compressed air systems
Demand control ventilation
Energy management systems

Heat recovery
HVAC Systems
Insulation and weatherization
Lighting power density improvements
Plug load controls

Process and manufacturing improvements
Pumping systems
Service water heating improvements
Steam systems
Variable speed drives
Whole building deep energy retrofits

Combined Heat and Power Grants include five types of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems: microturbines, reciprocating engines, gas turbines, steam turbines, and fuel cells. Systems must meet the minimum 60% annual system efficiency requirement, and produce 1.0 MMbtu/hour of useful thermal output. The CHP pathway is ideal for facilities with high annual hours of operation and a high thermal load.

Eligibility

Program participants are non-residential, commercial, and industrial entities located in the State of Delaware. All projects require pre-approval prior to purchasing and installing the equipment. Complete eligibility details, terms and conditions, and program requirements will be found in the updated Program Guidelines and Operational Procedures. Projects that bring the building up to minimum energy code requirements will not be accepted.

State Revolving Loan Fund

The State Energy Program Revolving Loan Fund can be used to supplement an EEIF grant project or as a stand-alone loan for installation of energy efficiency measures. Applicants must have an energy audit that includes a detailed description and documented energy savings of the proposed project. Applicants can be from non-residential, commercial, or industrial sectors. Underwriting is done in-house by DNREC, allowing for greater flexibility in loan terms and conditions. Loan approval will not compromise an applicant’s EEIF grant amount, meaning that loans can be used in combination with a grant to help pay the balance of the project cost. Questions on the revolving loan application can be directed to Edward.Synoski@state.de.us.

State Revolving Loan Application

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