Rebates & Tax Incentives: Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU)—Green for Green Home Rebate

This financial incentive is administered by the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) and is only available within Delaware, but other states offer similar programs. In partnership with the Home Builders Association of Delaware, the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility offers energy efficiency rebate to new home certified by the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) of the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED). This rebate is also available to homes who have a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) of 59 or less.

To qualify for incentives, homes must be built by program-approved builders, and the rebate application bust be submitted by the builder on the home buyer’s behalf. Funding comes from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and all qualifying projects beginning on or after February 1st, 2013 are eligible. This rebate concerns comprehensive measures—the whole building must be up to code in order for the homeowner to obtain the financial incentive.

To qualify for this rebate, homes must meet minimum certification requirements under the National Green Building System, National Association of Home Builders Research Center, Energy State, Residential Energy Services Network HERS, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems. Additionally, builders must be program approved. Though the program may sound tedious, the incentive amount is relatively generous; each standard includes rebates for sustainability and energy efficiency ranging from $1,000 to $4,500.

Eligible technologies and renewable energy sources include solar (passive, solar water heat, solar space heat, and solar photovoltaics), wind, biomass, geothermal heat pumps, and daylighting. Individuals may not apply for a rebate through this program more than once every 36 months, and funding reservations expire six months after the date the application is improved. Rebates are issued when the home goes to settlement and has been verified as meeting the certification requirements.