Delaware supports the use of renewable energy by homeowners and businesses through grant funding, incentives, and technical guidance. The state partners with utilities to make these programs possible. Delaware’s state law requires that utilities derive a growing part of their energy supplies from renewable sources.
The Green Energy Program provides rebates for residential and small scale renewable energy systems.
Delaware utilities must get an increasing percentage of their electricity from renewable resources.
Governor Carney’s Offshore Wind Working Group explores ways for Delaware to participate in developing offshore wind.
Registration is now open for the annual Junior Solar Sprint, a competition in which students build and race solar-powered model cars. The competition is open to students in 5th through 8th grades. Schools may register one or two teams. Registration is open through January 25, 2018.
Renewable energy power comes from natural, unlimited sources like sunlight, wind, moving water and geothermal heat. In Delaware, there are about 5,000 renewable energy systems, primarily solar-powered.
Fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gas are considered non-renewable, finite resources. Burning these fossil fuels produces energy that we need for every day use, but it also produces pollution and gases that trap heat in our atmosphere, creating dangerous changes in Earth’s climate. Renewable energy sources produce the energy we need without these emissions. Renewable energy also makes our country energy independent
The renewable energy industry is growing rapidly–as of 2017, the solar industry in America provides more than twice the number of jobs as the coal industry (U.S. Department of Energy, 2017). By switching to renewable energy, we are creating a cleaner, greener, and more economically prosperous Delaware.
Learn More: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory