The Sun is one of our sustainable and clean resources of energy that powers life on our planet. Sunlight can be used to generate solar power in amounts far exceeding the world’s total energy use. It can be used to power our homes and building providing environment-friendly heat and light.
Owing to the benefits of solar energy the use of solar panels has increased in the past decade with the realization that solar power is the most environmentally friendly as well as low-cost energy source. Moreover, it creates jobs in the industry as well as energy independence from the power grid which faces issues from bad weather and all.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) on July 1st launched a program to help low-income and moderate households switch to solar energy. Previously DNREC’s Green Energy plan had helped many households make the switch but for low-income households, the installation cost proved too high. But now this pilot project will help the below the average income families as well. Another 2-year project of the DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal, and Energy is being used as a basis to create a statewide project of helping low and moderate-income families convert to solar power.
There are two pathways available for the project:
1. The low-income countries will first prove whether their homes are qualified for solar installation or not. They will apply to the DNREC’s Weatherization Assistance Program which will make sure the homeowners and renters increase their energy efficiency by insulating and weatherproofing their homes all for zero costs. Only then the qualified homes will get a cost-free solar installation of up to 4.0 kW.
2. Applications and approvals for moderate-income families are obtained through the Green Energy Program, and applicants specifically ask for the discounted solar installation as a moderate-income household. Contractors such as CMI Solar & Electric, KW Solar Solutions, or Clean Energy USA, as determined by a homeowner, will be used to submit applications for the program.
For a system size up to 6.0 kW, qualified moderate-income houses will receive a solar installation that is financed for 70% by the LMI Solar Program and 30% by the homeowner.
The Green Energy Fund and the Weatherization Assistance Program provide funding for the LMI Solar Program. Grant money is offered to low-and moderate-income households in Delaware to encourage the use of renewable energy. Funds from Delmarva Power are used in the two-year LMI Solar Pilot Program to increase the use of solar energy among their consumers.
This program will now help low-income and moderate-income households to cut back on costly electricity bills and get a 26% tax credit for installing panels this year according to laws passed by Congress.
If you live in Delaware, go switch to safe clean power now!
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