Technology and Demonstration Grants

August 18, 2011

Summary

The Technology and Demonstration Program provides grants to projects that demonstrate the market potential for renewable technologies and accelerate the commercialization of these technologies in Delaware. These grants are funded by the Delaware public benefits program, the Green Energy Fund, which was established in 1999 and amended in 2003 to outline three renewable energy programs, including the Technology and Demonstration Program. Novel or unconventional energy efficiency technologies are also eligible for funding under this program, subject to certain limitations.

Individual grants awarded under Green Energy Fund’s Technology Demonstration Program generally shall not exceed 25% of the cost of the eligible equipment for a renewable energy technology project and may not exceed $200,000 per project. (Grant limits are different for passive solar projects and biodiesel manufacturing facilities). The total of all Technology Demonstration grants shall not exceed 25% of all revenue collected for the Green Energy Fund during the previous fiscal year or 25% of the fund balance whichever is greater. To be eligible for consideration, a project must demonstrate either a novel technology or a novel application of an available technology. Projects must include a public education component, such as integration into an educational program or location at a facility that allows public tours of the installed renewable energy technology.

All projects must meet code compliance and obtain relevant permits as outlined in Section 6.1.2 and 6.1.3 under the authority of 29 Delaware Code, Section 8051(d). Grid connected projects must adhere to the IEEE-929 recommended practices and applicable utility interconnection standards. All inverters must meet UL-1741 certification standards.

Project proposals will be accepted on a biannual basis. Applicants for the Technology Demonstration Program must submit six copies of the proposal and supporting documentation and receive approval prior to beginning the project. See the Regulations Governing the Green Energy Program (CDR § 7-100-104) for more information on the application process.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Delaware
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar - Passive
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Hydroelectric
  • Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels
  • Yes; specific technologies not identified
  • Wind (Small)
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Incentive Amount: Up to 25% of eligible equipment costs
Maximum Incentive: General; $200,000 per project
Passive Solar: $3,000 (residential) or $20,000 (non-residential) per project

Authorities

Name: CDR § 7-100-104
Effective Date: 04/01/2006 (as amended)
Name: 29 Del. C. § 8051 et seq.

Contact

Name: Scott Lynch
Organization: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and
Address:
DE
Phone: (302) 653-2733
Email: slynch@demecinc.net

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.