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The state of solar power in Delaware
Delaware is a great place to save with solar. The weather is favorable for most of the year, and more importantly, the state offers various incentives for solar energy adopters.
While Delaware currently ranks at 35th place nationally when it comes to solar production and adoption, there’s a clear intention to improve this in the coming years. With laws and policies favoring solar energy and other renewables, it wouldn't be surprising to see Delaware jump more than a few places in the rankings.
How much solar power does Delaware produce?
Delaware has around 15,959 homes powered by solar energy, currently accounting for 2.84 percent of the state’s electricity or 131.93 MW. That number is also expected to grow at least 198 MW over the next five years or so.
Many local efforts are being implemented to nurture this renewable energy sector. There is a current investment of $407.41 million, and costs have fallen 36 percent in the last five years, which is expected to motivate more people to consider making the switch to solar.
Is solar power generation feasible in Delaware?
In Delaware, you can take advantage of the fact that 57 percent of the days of the year are sunny, which means that weather conditions are optimal for solar energy for over half of the days in a year!
That, however, doesn't mean that the other 43 percent of the time, your solar panels won't still be working. Solar panels keep producing energy, even during cloudy days, which translates into a real opportunity for solar energy generation and electricity bill savings.
Delaware might not be as sunny as other states, but there is still plenty of sun to make a solar system installation a good idea and investment. Another thing to consider is state policies to make the switch attractive, and in Delaware, they certainly are.
Delaware has set the goal of having 25 percent of all its energy come from renewable sources by 2025 and solar systems play an important part in this. This explains why the state offers things like net metering and a Solar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) market.
How much does solar cost in Delaware?
The average home consumes about 10,400 kWh per year., With the most common solar panels, a typical American homeowner will need 28 to 34 solar panels installed if their goal is to cover their electric bill completely with their solar system.
Homeowners who purchase solar may qualify for the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC), which currently provides a 26% dollar for dollar reduction against their federal income taxes owed if solar is installed and activated before 12/31/2020.* In 2021, the ITC declines to 22%.
Remember that the amount of energy produced, type of panel recommended, and installation costs will vary depending on your roof size, its material, whether it's flat or not, and according to what direction it faces. Other factors, such as big trees or other buildings that may block sunlight, are also important things to consider, as well as any roof repairs needed before installation.
- *. Tax credits subject to change. SunPower does not warrant, guarantee or otherwise advise its partners or customers about specific tax outcomes. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Please visit the dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information
What legal considerations affect solar power in Delaware?
Delaware is a solar and renewables-friendly state. In 2019, the governor signed HB 65, which lifted restrictions on residential solar installations throughout the state.
In addition to benefiting from the federal tax credit currently offered, which provides significant benefits to going solar, there are other important local incentives for solar adopters in Delaware.
Delaware is a great place to use solar energy because the state has a net metering policy. With net metering, you sell any surplus power produced back to your regular community grid. This helps offset the cost of your electricity from the grid at night or when it's cloudy.
How can I start using solar in Delaware?
If you have decided to make the switch to solar, SunPower can help you make the right choices for you. Whether you are a homeowner, business or homebuilder, SunPower has services and products to suit your needs. Request a free savings estimate to get started and find out how much you can save with SunPower® solar. Our trained experts will provide you a smooth experience and ensure you get the most out of this investment.
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