The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Energy & Climate recently announced changes to the Green Energy Fund grant program.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Energy & Climate recently announced changes to the Green Energy Fund grant program for Delmarva Power residential customers. The fund received a record-breaking number of applications in 2016.

High program participation was factored into changes necessary for the fund’s continued operation and sustainability. The Green Energy Fund supported more than 1,000 solar energy projects in Delaware in fiscal 2016.

Projects with contracts signed on or after Dec. 1 will see reduced grants for customer-owned solar energy systems. Another change to the program is that grants will no longer be offered for systems installed using a lease/power purchase agreement financing model.

In addition to the incentive changes, the program requirements are being streamlined based on comments received during stakeholder workshops. In response to stakeholder feedback, the energy audit requirement for existing nonresidential construction has been removed.

Projects will not be affected if the Green Energy Fund application was received by the Division of Energy & Climate before Dec. 1 or if the system contract was signed prior to that date.

The Green Energy Fund grant program is being updated following an analysis of the program, public comment, stakeholder workshops, consultation with the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility Oversight Board and a presentation before the Renewable Energy Taskforce.

For more information, call 735-3480, email Jessica.Quinn@state.de.us or visit bit.ly/2g2rnX8.