Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) - Standard Lighting for Business Program

June 18, 2010


The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) offers rebates for non-residential energy consumers (commercial, industrial, government, institutional, etc.) that install qualified energy efficient lighting measures. Incentives are available for certain linear fluorescent fixtures, hard wired compact fluorescent lights, LED exit signs, high-intensity discharge lamps, and lighting control equipment. All measures must meet certain minimum efficiency and equipment standards in order to qualify for incentives. The maximum incentive available under this program is $10,000 per participant. Applications for $3,000 or more in incentives must be pre-approved prior to the purchase and installation of equipment. Pre-approval is not required for smaller applications, although it is recommended to ensure that funding is still available and the equipment qualifies for incentives. The program is generally available for any installations of qualified lighting measures, but in certain lighting technologies installed as part of new construction (e.g., high-pressure sodium fixtures) are not available for new construction. Program managers may conduct pre- and post-installation inspections prior to awarding incentive payments and up to five years after the receipt of incentives. All environmental credits associated with equipment that receives an award under this program default to the SEU unless the participant submits a written request to the contrary to the SEU prior to the installation of any equipment. Incentives are only available for equipment purchased on or after December 1, 2009. The current application is valid through August 31, 2010. Although the program may continue beyond this date, it may do so under a revised offering. As the program may be funded in full or in part with federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, participants may be subject to certain terms and conditions (e.g., Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements) associated with the use of ARRA funds. The Delaware SEU is a non-profit organization created by the state of Delaware to foster a sustainable energy future for the state through conservation, efficiencies and the use of renewable energy sources.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Delaware
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Other EE
Incentive Amount: Linear Fluorescent: $6 - $28 per fixture
Compact Fluorescent: $2 per fixture
LED Exit Signs: $14 per fixture
HID Equipment: $14 - $55 per fixture
Lighting Controls: $24 per sensor
Maximum Incentive: $10,000 per participant
Equipment Requirements: Linear Fluorescent: Minimum 82 lumens/watt, electronic ballast required, CEE listed, other requirements
Compact Fluorescent: 26 watts or greater, hard-wired
LED Exit Signs: One- or two-sided eligible, must replace existing fluorescent or incandescent fixture
HID Equipment: Metal halide must have a pulse start ballast
Lighting Controls: No manual override, no incentives for controls required by code
Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits: Environmental credits default to SEU


Name: Program Information - Energize Delaware Business Programs
Organization: Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility
Address: 110 W. 9th Street, Box 930
Wilmington DE 19801
Phone: (877) 624-4448

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.