The state of Delaware will use its Recovery Act SEP funding to enhance energy efficiency in residential, commercial, and government sectors statewide. Delaware will use the funds to establish a Home Performance Program that will help defray costs of home energy audits and install energy-efficient equipment for families above the low-income eligibility threshold for the Weatherization Assistance Program.
The state will also help to fund energy efficiency upgrades in small businesses, commercial establishments and manufacturing facilities. These upgrades will allow Delaware's businesses to remain competitive by reducing their energy consumption and energy costs, which helps contribute to overall profitability. Recovery Act funds directed to this program will be leveraged with other state funds through the sale of allowances from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
The state also will use Recovery Act funds to provide additional rebates for solar photovoltaic and solar hot water systems, small wind applications, and geothermal systems for homes, businesses, and institutional buildings.