Grant funds and incentives are available to promote the use of renewable energy in Delaware. The DNREC Green Energy Program includes several different types of green energy funding programs from the state’s major electric utilities.
Green Energy Program
The Green Energy Program began in 1999 with one utility company and has grown over the years to include additional utilities. The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy provides technical support and guidance under the Regulations for the Green Energy Program (7 DE Admin Code 2103).
The Green Energy Program has provided grant funding to more than 4,300 Delaware renewable energy projects since 1999. The program is funded through a public benefits fund charge ($0.000356 per kilowatt-hour consumed) collected monthly by Delmarva Power. Delaware’s other utilities operate similar programs.
Grants are available for qualifying renewable energy systems installed in Delaware by applicants whose electricity provider collects funds for the program and offers a grant program for renewable energy projects. Each electric utility company offering rebates through the Green Energy Program has unique program regulations, requirements, and application forms. See below for specific details.
Delmarva Power offers grants to offset the installed cost of photovoltaic, solar water heating, wind, and geothermal renewable energy technologies. These grants are only open to customers of Delmarva Power.
Grant applications must use the Green Grant Delaware online application system. Only complete applications with all required attachments should be submitted to the Green Energy Program Team. As part of the grant application, applicants are required to sign over their Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) to the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility. Learn more about SRECs for residential and non-residential customers. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
For assistance or questions about the online application system, contact Green Grant Delaware Customer Service by email or at 1-877-453-2327.
Applicants must register as an eSupplier with the Delaware Division of Accounting prior to receiving grant payments. Grant payments cannot be processed without this registration. If you have problems completing the eSupplier registration, please call the State Division of Accounting at 302-672-5000 and ask to speak to a member of the vendor team.
For more information about the Green Energy Program or to check the status of your grant application, email DNREC_GreenEnergyProgram@delaware.gov. include your full name, address, and electric utility provider when requesting information.
Application instructions and requirements are available on the Delaware Electric Cooperative website.
The Delaware Electric Cooperative maintains a list of approved grants that are queued for payment to allow members to monitor their payment status. Approved applications are listed on the Cooperative’s website under the Grant Payment Schedule section.
The Division of Climate, Coastal and Energy does not maintain the grant payment queue or review grant applications for the Renewable Resource Program. All questions regarding the program should be directed to the Grant Program Administrator at the Delaware Electric Cooperative firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-349-9090.
Grant payments are issued by the Delaware Electric Cooperative.
Several municipal governments that are part of the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation offer grants to support renewable energy projects. The funds used to pay Municipal Green Energy Program grants are collected monthly by each municipality. Customers are eligible for the Municipal Green Energy Program only if they receive an electric bill directly from their municipality. Funds are limited and subject to availability.
The program is administered by the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation. For more information on qualifying technologies and installation requirements please refer to the Municipal Green Energy Program Regulations.
Participation questions should be emailed to Scott Lynch (email@example.com).
Due to the high demand for Green Energy Program incentives, there is a delay for some grant payments after an application receives final approval. The wait time for grant payment varies.
Funding is available to those who qualify for potentially free or reduced cost solar installations. Learn more about our Low- to Moderate-Income Solar Program.