DNREC Division of Energy & Climate announces launch of electric vehicle Delaware Workplace Charging Program

DOVER – DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate encourages businesses, non-profit organizations, and local governments to take advantage of the opportunity to install electric vehicle charging stations for employees’ use through the Delaware Workplace Charging Program. Participants in the program can receive rebates and technical guidance for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.

Organizations who opt to “fuel electrically” by installing charging stations can receive rebates for as many as six charging stations. Rebates cover 75 percent of the cost of charging equipment, up to $5,000 per rebate.

As electric vehicles grow in popularity across Delaware and the United States, installing electric vehicle charging stations is a simple and effective way for businesses and organizations to “go green” and support sustainability in their workforce and communities. Currently, 37 models of electric (battery-powered) and plug-in hybrid electric (battery and gas-powered) vehicles from almost every major auto manufacturer in the United States are available, with more models coming out every year.

“Workplaces are ideal locations for charging stations,” said Clean Transportation Planner Kathy Harris, Division of Energy & Climate. “Vehicles are parked there up to 8 hours a day, allowing employees time to fully charge their vehicles and ensure they have enough battery range for their commute.”

Workplace charging also opens opportunities for electric fleet vehicles, which have lower fueling and maintenance costs than their gasoline counterparts.

In the past two years, DNREC’s Clean Transportation Incentive Program has provided 465 rebates for electric vehicles and 120 rebates for residential and commercial charging stations to Delawareans in all three counties.

The Delaware Workplace Charging Program is open to participants through June 30, 2018. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the Division of Energy & Climate at 302-735-3480, and to visit de.gov/cleantransportation.

Media Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Delaware middle school students enjoy hands-on renewable energy experience with DNREC-sponsored Junior Solar Sprint

HARRINGTON – Gauger-Cobbs Middle School of Newark and W.T. Chipman Middle School of Harrington claimed the checkered flag today as 24 teams of middle school students from 14 schools across the state vied for honors in the Junior Solar Sprint, a competition in which students build and race solar-powered model cars. DNREC’s Division of Energy & Climate teamed up with the Delaware Technology Student Association to organize this year’s event at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.

Over the past few months, students worked with classmates and teacher advisors to build model cars powered by solar photovoltaic cells, or solar panels. Today, their work paid off as racers competed for top speed in time trials, as well as for awards in engineering design and creative design. And in the process of putting their cars into the Junior Solar Sprint competition they also got a better grasp of what solar technology can mean for their future.

“Solar technology allows us to harness the sun’s abundant energy for a clean, lasting power source,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “Junior Solar Sprint challenges students to think about ways solar energy plays a larger role in our lives by providing electricity for our everyday energy needs. Delaware has over 4,000 solar energy systems across the state, powering homes, houses of worship, public buildings, farms and businesses. Solar and other forms of clean energy enable Delawareans to achieve a better quality of life by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping protect our environment.”

The Junior Solar Sprint competition is part of a national program sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. It encourages students to engage in problem-solving, teamwork, and creative scientific thinking to solve environmental challenges. DNREC has participated in Junior Solar Sprint for more than 20 years. This year’s event was in conjunction with the Delaware Technology Student Association 2017 State Conference, which drew several hundred students to compete in various science and technology challenges.

Participating schools in this year’s Junior Solar Sprint were MOT Charter Middle School, Middletown; Fred Fifer Middle School, Camden; W.T. Chipman Middle School, Harrington; Providence Creek Academy, Clayton; Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Wilmington; P.S. duPont Middle School, Wilmington; Holy Cross School, Dover; Sanford School, Hockessin; Springer Middle School, Wilmington; Postlethwait Middle School, Camden; Beacon Middle School, Lewes; Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, Newark; H.B. DuPont Middle School, Hockessin, and Alfred G. Waters Middle School, Middletown.

2017 Junior Solar Sprint Competition results

All-around winners for combined speed, design, and presentation:

  • 1st place: Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, Car #2
  • 2nd place: Springer Middle School, Car #7
  • 3rd place: W.T. Chipman Middle School, Car #14

Top five teams in time-trial races:

  • 1st place: Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, Car #3
  • 2nd place: Springer Middle School, Car #7
  • 3rd place: Springer Middle School, Car #8
  • 4th place: W.T. Chipman Middle School, Car #15
  • 5th place: W.T. Chipman Middle School, Car #14

Top five teams in creative design:

  • 1st place: W.T. Chipman Middle School, Car #14
  • 2nd place: Springer Middle School, Car #8
  • 3rd place: Sanford School, Car #19
  • 4th place: Holy Cross Middle School, Car #21
  • 5th place: Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Car #11

For more information on renewable energy programs administered by the Delaware Division of Energy & Climate, please visit the Division of Energy & Climate website. For a close-up of the Junior Solar Sprint competition, please view a video on DNREC’s Facebook page.

Media contact: Elizabeth Shockley, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 46, No. 90


Governor’s Weekly Message: Combatting Climate Change While Growing Our Economy

Dover, DE – In his weekly message, filmed at Calpine’s Garrison Energy Center, Governor Markell highlights ongoing efforts to address climate change and strengthen our economy.

“The Garrison Energy Center’s opening marks another milestone in making Delaware a leader in building the energy future we want for ourselves, our children, and many generations to come,” said Governor Markell. “It complements our state’s efforts to transform old power plants, invest in renewables, and make our buildings more energy efficient to reduce pollution and costs. By continuing to work with the private sector toward cleaner, more reliable, and more efficient energy, we’ll keep Delaware moving forward.”

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New Castle Manufacturing Site Breaks Ground on $6 Million Renewable Energy Project Using Landfill Gas

Delaware State SealNEW CASTLE  – Delaware Governor Jack A. Markell, DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara and Croda Inc President Kevin Gallagher broke ground this morning, June 7, to begin construction of a $6 million landfill-gas-to-energy project at the Croda Atlas Point chemical manufacturing plant in New Castle, Del.

The renewable energy endeavor will use landfill gas from the nearby Cherry Island Landfill as fuel to operate Croda’s Atlas Point chemical manufacturing plant. The re-claimed landfill gas will provide the plant with enough renewable energy to power 55 percent of the plant’s operations. In total, this innovative effort will allow Croda to use renewable energy equivalent to powering 3,500 homes. The venture also will shrink the facility’s carbon footprint, reducing its annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 33,000 passenger cars from the road.

“This project saves energy costs for a company that has chosen to locate here while putting more people to work,” Governor Markell said. “We applaud Croda’s investment in Delaware, both environmentally and economically.”

Croda is investing $5.5 million in this renewable energy plan as part of its commitment to innovation in sustainable energy. The company also received a $500,000 grant from the Delaware Energy Efficiency Investment Fund (EEIF) Program, administered through DNREC’s Division of Energy and Climate.

“Croda should be commended for deploying one of the cleanest and most efficient energy projects in the nation,” said Secretary O’Mara. “This project demonstrates innovation and environmental commitment by taking a readily available waste product that previously served no productive purpose – in this case landfill gas – and putting it to work making cleaner and more efficient energy while reducing emissions and fossil fuel dependence.”

This effort will create 20 construction jobs. Since Croda bought the Atlas Point facility in 2007, the company has spent $55 million in capital investments to build a strong foundation for Croda’s continued growth in the U.S.

“This endeavor demonstrates our commitment to innovation in renewable energy; it has the potential to eliminate the electricity Croda takes from the regional grid.  In fact, we may even be adding renewable energy back to the grid, if we do not need it on site,” said Gallagher. “Croda has a global goal to obtain 25 percent of its energy needs from non-fossil sources by 2015, and we are excited that this venture will help us achieve that goal.”

The project is expected to be completed by September 2012. Cummins Power Generation, in partnership with Casella Waste Systems, will deliver the landfill gas via a pipeline from Cherry Island Landfill to Croda at Atlas Point.  Cummins Power Generation is furnishing a combined heat and power generation system. Prior to this project, Cherry Island eliminated its waste gas by flaring.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2010, approximately 10 percent of the nation’s electricity was generated from renewable sources.