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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:

01/10/20 4:30 PM

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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.

This policy provides rules of practice and procedure for application and disbursement of Renewable Resource Fund grants to be used in support of energy efficiency technologies, renewable energy technologies, or demand-side management programs for and by member-owners of Delaware Electric Cooperative. 

Grants are available in the following categories of energy technologies:

Funding is limited; For the calendar year 2020 grants will be made first to existing systems that meet the conditions for grants and any monies left over will be used for systems yet to be 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 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. 

In the photovoltaic systems, grants are available for non-profit member-owners. 

For more definitions, see https://www.delaware.coop/sites/default/files/2019-11/DEC%20Renewable%20Resource%20Fund%20Program%202020.pdf#page=3.

All qualifying systems must be installed in accordance with the standards and specifications of the manufacturers of the components in the system, in compliance with all applicable local electric and building codes, local ordinances and the grant guidelines. Where discrepancies, if any, exist with these guidelines and local codes, local codes shall govern.

All qualifying systems receiving a Renewable Resource Grant must have a full 5-year warranty against component failure, malfunction and premature output degradation. The warranty must cover all components for which the program incentive is granted and cover the full cost of repair and replacement of all components of the system. For professionally installed systems the warranty must cover the labor to remove and replace defective components and systems.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178280

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding is limited and to the extent that funds are made available to all member-owners of the Cooperative each member-owner shall be permitted to install and receive grant monies for multiple qualifying projects but in no case shall the member-owner receive in excess of $2500 in total grant monies for Class A systems and $3,500 for Class B systems. The maximum total grant money available to any one member-owner shall be capped at $5,000.

For details on grant limits, see https://www.delaware.coop/sites/default/files/2019-11/DEC%20Renewable%20Resource%20Fund%20Program%202020.pdf#page=16.

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 2020 grant application period will be open from Monday, January 6 to Friday January 10, 2020.

Any allocation of resources not utilized in any particular program may be transferred to one of the remaining programs or allocated to the current backlog. Grants will be awarded on a calendar year basis. Once DEC has awarded grants equal to the total estimated 2020 fund allocation no further grants will be awarded for 2020. Applications not awarded a grant for 2020 will not be held until the next year.

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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