Delaware’s Community Solar Program

Date: 22 Apr 2019 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Delaware expanded net metering in 2019 with S.B. 8, which extended net metering to all classes, addressed the ownership of Renewable Energy Credits, and increased the system limit to 25 kilowatts. Further, 2015’s S.B. 267 amended the state’s net-metering policy, allowing customers to aggregate individual meters to community-owned systems or multiple accounts.

The new provisions to community net metering addresses concerns from participants. Provisions include allowing credits to be applied first to the meter through the DG facility, then through remaining meters for the customer’s accounts according to rank. Additionally, retail electric customers are allowed to aggregate multiple individual accounts beyond the account serving the generation facility in order to allocate net metering credits effectively.

System capacities can be up to 110% of the customer’s 12 month history of energy consumption. Non-residential Delmarva customers are allotted up to two megawatts, non-residential co-ops and municipal customers are allotted up to 500 kilowatts, residential customers up to 25 kilowatts, and farm customers up to 100 kilowatts.

Watch the top state community solar programs progress in our Community Solar Tracker.

Check back soon for more detail about the Delaware community solar program.

Learn more about community solar in one of these ILSR reports:

Designing Community Solar Programs that Promote Racial and Economic Equity
Minnesota’s Solar Gardens: the Status and Benefits of Community Solar
Beyond Sharing — How Communities Can Take Ownership of Renewable Power

For podcasts, videos, and more, see ILSR’s community renewable energy archive.

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