Although Delaware is one of the smallest states in the country, its solar policies are a big deal.
The state’s renewables target is 25% by 2026, with an impressive 3.5% required to come from solar, roughly 400 MW. Delaware also has exceptional net metering policies that support a host of innovative ownership models including PPAs, meter aggregation, and shared solar.
Since passing a suite of solar energy policies over the past several years, Delaware is fully engaged in implementation of these programs and policies to ensure the effective deployment of solar throughout the state. Most notably, the state’s Renewable Energy Taskforce is an active working group charged with providing recommendations on mechanisms and other structures that will support the growth of renewable energy. Over the past year, this Taskforce has focused on a pilot program for the procurement of Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs). Combining standard offer contracts and competitive bidding, the pilot program is intended to offer opportunities for both residential and larger commercial systems.
Having recently executed upon this SREC pilot program, stakeholders are reflecting upon the process and considering the future direction of Delaware’s solar policies. Vote Solar will be attentive to these developments to help ensure that the state develops a sustainable solar market with opportunities for broad participation.
Vote Solar lead for Delaware is Peter Olmsted.