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Fact Sheet: Solar Energy Use in Delaware

Known as “The First State”, Delaware boasts sandy beaches, mixed oak forests and flowering peach orchards. Home of the Dover International Speedway, Delaware is also racing ahead in solar energy system implementation - a trend homeowners should be sure to take advantage of when considering their electricity needs.
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Don’t let its small size fool you, Delaware makes the top 12 list of best states for solar energy. This has less to do with sunny forecasts and much more to do with significant investment in solar energy systems. Progressive policies are also helping to move things along, thanks to the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) targets. Read on to learn why solar energy systems may be the best option for you.

Grid Connected Solar Power Systems In Delaware (2012)

  • Systems: 2 Megawatt
  • Non-Residential Solar Power Systems: 2.7 Megawatt
  • Utility: 15 Megawatt
  • Total: 19.7 Megawatt
  • Cumulative: 46.1 Megawatt

Delaware stands out for total solar energy production. Neighboring state Maryland, has a cumulative installed capacity of 116.8 MW - a little more than double that of Delaware. However, when you consider that Maryland’s population is 6 times that of Delaware, the latter fares well on a per capita basis.

Cost of Electricity in Delaware

  • Electricity Price: $0.14 per kwh
  • Average Electricity Bill: $187.00
  • Average Bill after Solar: $60.00

Switching to a solar energy system can save you plenty. A solar installation in Delaware can cut a monthly bill by two thirds. Even if you chose to lease instead of purchase a system for your home (at an estimated cost of $46 per month), you would still see savings upwards of $80. At these rates, assuming all criteria are met, it will take about 10 years to amortize.

Solar Radiation

The average solar radiation in Delaware is between 4 and 5 Kilowatt per day over an area of 1 square meter (10.76 square foot). This average is the same enjoyed by North and South Carolina, and even Florida. This represents great value and is part of why Delaware sits in the top 12 states for solar power.

State Solar Incentives and Rebate Programs

  • State Solar Tax Credit: None
  • State Solar Rebate: $0.35 - $1.25/W ($15,000 maximum)
  • Property Tax Exemption: None
  • Sales Tax Exemption: No sales tax

It is worth noting that some counties and cities in Delaware offer additional solar incentives. Check here for more information. In addition, the Federal Tax Credit also applies.

Solar Installers in Delaware

All contractors working in the state of Delaware require a license. When looking to hire a contractor for solar energy system installation, ensure the business is licensed. The best way to research solar installers is to look up their contractor license number at the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation database to see what turns up.

Summary: Good Conditions for Solar Power Systems

In Delaware, average prices for solar energy systems (both residential and commercial) have dropped 16% within the last year. This is an excellent time to take advantage of state incentives and to benefit from the options of a growing industry.

Try our Solar Calculator to calculate your costs and savings. Ready to get started? Click here to contact solar installers in your area.

Solar Energy Fact Sheet: Delaware, © SolarContact.com

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Written by: Oliver Behrla, Editor www.SolarContact.com