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Renewable Resource Fund Program

Grants to Delaware Individuals and Businesses
to Implement Energy Efficiency Technologies

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Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC)

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 4:30 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Delaware funding source member individuals and businesses to implement renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency technologies, and energy demand management programs. Funding is intended to support activities relating to solar water heating, photovoltaic systems, geothermal heat pumps, small wind turbines, and fuel cells.

Priority will be given to support existing systems already installed. Grants for PV and wind turbines will be based on the final interconnection date with the oldest dates being first awarded. For geothermal systems, the well permit date will be used to determine the order of grants. 

Grants are available in the following categories of energy technologies:

Grants may be given for Class A systems or Class B systems:

  • Class A  - “Class A” means the class or classes of member-owners with an average monthly peak demand of less than 50 kW over the prior twelve months. Class A may include residential, lighting, small commercial, irrigation, and poultry accounts.
  • Class B - “Class B” means all classes of member-owner with an average monthly peak demand of 50 kW or greater over the prior twelve months. Class B may include large-commercial, primary metered account and some poultry accounts. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178280

Estimated Size of Grant:

For 2021 the total annual funds available for grants shall be allocated as follows:
- Small Wind Turbines = 2%
- Geothermal Systems = 38%
- PV Class A = 45%
- PV Class B = 15%.

Photovoltaic Systems: Grants will not exceed $2,500 per Class A systems and $3,500 per Class B and NonProfit member-owners.

Solar Water Heating: Grants will not exceed $2,000 per Class A systems and $3,500 per Class B systems. Solar water heating systems integrated into a radiant heating application are eligible for a grant up to 20% of the installed cost of the solar energy portion of the system. Grants will not exceed $2,500 per Class A systems and $3,500 per Class B systems.

Small Wind Turbines: Subject to availability of funds, the DEC Renewable Resource Program offers incentives of $0.85 per watt not to exceed $2,500 for small grid-connected wind turbines installed by a qualified contractor for a qualified member-owner.

Fuel Cells: Grants will not exceed $3,500 for Class A systems and $5,000 for Class B systems.

Geothermal Heat Pump Systems:
- Class A: $800 per ton for the first two (2) tons and $700 per ton thereafter but not to exceed $3,000 per dwelling for Class A systems installed with an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 18.0 and Coefficient of Performance (COP) of 3.6.
- Class B: $800 per ton for the first two (2) tons and $700 per ton thereafter but not to exceed $4,000 per Class B systems with an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 18.0 and Coefficient of Performance (COP) of 3.6 or greater.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded on a calendar year basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Renewable Resource Program is available to member-owners of the Cooperative receiving distribution delivery and energy supply service from the Cooperative.

All eligible equipment and products must be installed in Delaware on an active Cooperative electric account and used solely for the energy requirements of Cooperative member-owners. Grants will not be provided for energy requirements in excess of a member-owners average annual consumption.

Under no circumstances will grants be issued for land acquisition in association with any project proposed in the Renewable Resource Program.

Grants will not be provided for renewable energy systems designed and utilized as an independent power producer or third-party ownership.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2021 grant application period will be open from January 11 to January 15, 2021.

Applicants must include a copy of the well permit and the conditions pages for systems that require a well permit.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Grant applications can be emailed to grants@delaware.coop.

Delaware Electric Cooperative
14198 Sussex Highway
Greenwood, DE 19950

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