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Delaware has announced a new pilot program that will cover 70 percent of rooftop solar costs for moderate-income participants and cover 100 percent of solar costs for low-income families.

The two-year pilot launched this month in an attempt to bring the benefits of solar to a wide range of people by lowering the costs for residents and getting rid of costs altogether for low-income families.

“All the way from the governor’s office to the secretary, down to my level, we’re really excited about launching this program,” said Rob Underwood, energy programs administrator in the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). ​”It allows us to offer residential solar to Delawareans who traditionally were not able to afford the upfront costs.”

This will include residents whose credit scores are too low to get a loan to install solar or those who pay too little in taxes to be able to obtain solar incentives. The Low- to Moderate-Income Solar Pilot Program will provide solar to 50 households annually. For low-income residents, solar can be installed for up to 4 kilowatts with no out-of-pocket costs. For moderate-income residents, the program covers 70 percent of the cost of 6 kilowatt systems.

“This is a chance for us to give people homes that reduce their electric bills from the energy-efficiency side as well as the renewable-energy side,” said Underwood.

According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, low-income households have a large energy burden, and the percentage of their income spent on energy is often three times higher than high-income households.

To learn more about the pilot program and how to qualify, check out the Low- to Moderate-Income Solar Pilot Program.

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