Go Green: Renewable Energy

Renewable energy comes from natural sources, such as sunlight, wind, water, and geothermal heat. Delaware supports the use of renewable energy by homeowners and businesses through grant funding, incentives, and technical guidance. In Delaware, there are more than 5,000 renewable energy systems, primarily from solar power.
Delaware state law requires that utilities derive a growing portion of their energy supplies from renewable sources, with a goal of 25% by 2025. By switching to renewable energy, we are creating a cleaner, greener, and more economically-prosperous state. The renewable energy industry is growing rapidly. As of 2017, the solar industry in the United States provides more than twice the number of jobs as the coal industry.  
Green Energy Program
The Green Energy Program provides grants and incentives to promote the use of renewable energy by consumers such as homeowners, local businesses, fire departments, churches, and farmers in Delaware who are customers of Delmarva Power. The Green Energy Fund collects approximately $2.7 million each year through a public benefits fund charge collected monthly by Delmarva Power, which results in the contribution by the average customer of 35 cents per month. Since the program began in 1999, it has funded more than 4,300 projects and provided more than $55 million. The success of the Green Energy Program has contributed to the increase of Delaware's solar capacity from 8.6 megawatts in 2010 to 95 megawatts as of April 2018.

The map below shows the renewable energy rebates awarded to Delaware citizens and companies throughout the state by zip code. This information covers the time span from 2002 to the present. By clicking on any zip code, you can see the total installed capacity of the system, how many rebates have been awarded, as well as the amount of money this adds up to in a given area. Check the box under "Operational layers" for the type of renewable energy system you want to see. Visit the Delaware Open Data Portal to view the Green Energy Program Grants data.

Grants by installment type
The chart to the right shows the cumulative number of grants awarded for each type of renewable energy source. Photovoltaic (PV), or solar energy, makes up the majority of the installment types that have been incentivized through the Green Energy Program. Investing in solar power can decrease your electric bill and increase the value of your home. You can also generate income through the Delaware Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) programs, an additional incentive for renewable energy.
Decreasing solar costs
A major driver of increased residential solar capacity in Delaware is the dropping costs of installation. Solar power is becoming more affordable per kilowatt hour, which encourages more homeowners to switch to this renewable energy source. The chart to the left shows that the cost for solar installations per kilowatt hour has significantly decreased for residential purchases since the program first began providing grant awards. View the data.

Page reviewed 5/14/19