Delaware Local Government Green Building Practices and Initiatives in Delaware

Energy-Efficient Buildings

The Paul Sweeney Public Safety Building

The Paul Sweeney Public Safety Building in New Castle County, Del. Source: Schradergroup Architecture

In 2010, Delaware’s three counties and ten largest municipalities received federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block (EECBG) grants directly from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In addition, 21 Sussex County towns received EECBG in 2011 funds to make energy-saving improvements to municipal buildings. The grants, awarded, were expected to save the towns an estimated total of nearly $250,000 in annual energy costs. The grants provided for reduced energy consumption and costs for municipal buildings including heating and cooling efficiency upgrades, lighting retrofits, window upgrades, insulation additions, pump upgrades, solar energy installations and a white roof project. Through the EECBG, 15 Delaware municipalities, including the Town of Ocean View, have installed solar power systems on their municipal buildings.

Carport-Mounted Solar Array

With a grant from the Energy Department’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, the Town of Ocean View, Del., installed a carport-mounted solar array that is saving taxpayers money on town utility bills.
Photo credit: Town of Ocean View

Solar-Powered Municipal Facilities

According to a report by the Environment America Research and Policy Center, the state of Delaware’s leadership, energy legislation, strong public policies, and innovative financing options have made the state a leader in solar energy. The Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC), a wholesale electric utility and its nine-member municipalities, have collectively invested in Delaware’s largest collectively invested in Delaware’s largest PV facilities. The Milford Solar Farm generates more than 13 MW and the Dover Sun Park generates 10 MW. Wilmington, Dover, and Kent and New Castle County governments have installed solar power on their office and public works facilities. The City of Newark is currently installing a 230 kW solar array at its municipal building.

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