If you have decided to go solar, a general outline of the process is provided:
- You (or your contractor) will need to complete and email firstname.lastname@example.org an Interconnection Agreement (PDF) and attach all related documents such as:
- Inverter datasheet
- PV module datasheet
- Single line drawing
- Site plan
- AC/DC disconnect cut sheet
- PV watts
- Once we recieve the application and required documents, the town will review the application. If we have any questions or need additional information on your solar system, we will contact you by phone or email.
- Once the application is approved (approximately 2-3 weeks), you will receive a signed approved application with an attachment outlining our requirements.
- The town will determine whether your current electric meter is a bi-directional meter. If it is not, a bi-directional meter will be installed at no cost to you.
- After the proper electric meter is installed, you or your contractor may begin to install the solar system.
- After your system is installed, but before turning on your solar system, you must call the Town at 302-389-2319 to ensure that proper warning labels were installed to protect our electric crew members. At that time, we will also confirm that the meter can be read bi-directionally.
Benefits of Solar Power
Solar power is a renewable energy source, benefitting both the environment and your wallet. Benefits of solar power include, but are not limited to:
- Reduced reliance on fossil fuels, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions
- Diversifies our community's energy supply
- Lowers monthly utility bills
- Increases your home value; a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory showed that solar increased a home's value by about $15,000, on average
For those considering using solar power, be sure to utilize the U.S. Department of Energy's Homeowner's Guide to Going Solar. They answer commonly asked questions, provide additional resources, and list a glossary of frequently used terms regarding solar power.
Many government entities offer tax credits, rebates, and other incentives to encourage individuals and businesses to use renewable resources. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) provides a way to discover state and federal incentives that you may be eligible for. The Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) also provides resources for sustainability programs and incentives.