Delaware’s 19 public school districts can apply for a grant to add solar energy systems to one or more of their schools.
The new program, offering at least $500,000 per district, was launched by Energize Delaware in a meeting to motivate schools to reduce energy costs.
It allows each district to select one or more school in which to install a solar system to reduce energy consumption. To aid in that selection, each must submit a feasibility study, funded by the grant, to select the most advantageous location. The equipment can be either roof-, ground- or carport-mounted, with the option to add batteries. The funds can also be used for utility/meter upgrades, safety barriers and signage.
Schools will retain ownership of their solar renewable energy credits.
“Energize Delaware’s mission is to inspire sustainable energy solutions for a thriving environment and economy. School districts use a lot of energy, and the savings will lower their expenses for the benefit of everyone,” said Tony DePrima, Energize Delaware’s executive director.
Districts can download a grant application here. Contact Keith Modzelewski at 302-883-3048, ext. 111, for information.