DNREC announces solar installation pilot program for low- and middle-income households

Low-to-moderate income homeowners who qualify will receive assistance with the cost of installing solar panels through a new two-year pilot program from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

DNREC’s low-to-moderate income solar pilot program plans to test future expansion of residential solar systems with low-income residents who are not as able to participate in existing programs.

“DNREC’s green energy program has helped thousands of Delawareans switch to solar power, but installation costs continue to be a barrier for many low- and middle-income households,” the secretary said. from DNREC, Shawn M. Garvin. “This pilot program removes that barrier and makes clean energy a viable option for more families.”

The experience gained from the two-year pilot program by DNREC’s Climate, Coastal and Energy Division will be used to develop a statewide solar program that will provide services to homes in low to moderate income, regardless of electric utility territory.

Low-income households should first apply for installation services through DNREC’s Weather Protection Assistance Program, a free program that helps tenants and homeowners reduce their energy bills by waterproofing and improving the energy efficiency of their homes. Eligible homes can receive a free solar installation up to 4.0 kW.

Moderate-income households can visit de.gov/lmi for information on solar contractors approved for the LMI pilot program. Application for the program will be submitted through an owner’s chosen contractor.

Qualified moderate income households will receive a solar installation paid for 70% by the LMI solar program and 30% by the owner for a system size of up to 6 KW.

Contractors participating in the program include CMI Solar & Electric, KW Solar Solutions and Clean Energy USA.

Funding for the LMI Solar Program comes from the Weatherization Assistance Program and the Green Energy Fund.

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