Delaware Energy An$wers for Business

June 18, 2008


On May 2, 2006 the Governor of Delaware signed SB 281 and appropriated $8 million in funds to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for an Energy Efficiency Program. The program is divided between residential and non-residential electric customers. The Delaware Energy An$wers for Business program offers three funding opportunities which can help businesses large and small improve the energy efficiency of their facilities. Delaware businesses may apply for any combination of these options up to $100,000 per facility or up to $200,000 for businesses with 2 or more facilities. Projects that have simple payback periods shorter than 18 months are not eligible for these grants. The Just An$wers Grant Program will provide grants up to 50% of the cost of an energy audit, feasibility study and design assistance. These grants are capped at $10,000 per facility or up to $20,000 for businesses with 2 or more facilities. The Prescribed An$wers Grant Program offers grants for specific and common upgrades including lighting equipment, refrigeration, HVAC and motor retrofits. The Customized An$wers Grant Program allows businesses to make energy improvements which are specific to their facility. Grants are provided for non-standard energy efficiency measures or prescribed measures bundled into a comprehensive full-facility upgrade that maximizes energy savings and cost effectiveness. These grants are determined by the calculated energy (kWh) and demand (kW) savings of the upgrade and may require a Professional Engineer to verify the predicted performance calculations.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Delaware
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:$wers_program_business.htm
Administrator: Deleware Energy Office
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Lighting
  • Chillers
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Motors
  • Custom/Others pending approval
Incentive Amount: Grants for equipment vary according to equipment type and energy saved
Maximum Incentive: Total combined grants are capped at $100,000 per facility or up to $200,000 for businesses with 2 or more facilities
Energy audit, feasibility study: $10,000 per facility or up to $20,000 for businesses with 2 or more facilities
Equipment Requirements: All equipment must have more than an 18 year simple payback and a 3 year warranty.


Name: Kevin Yingling
Organization: Delaware Energy An$wers for Business
Address: 1203 College Park Dr.
Dover DE 19904
Phone: (302) 735-3430

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.