Delaware's solar advances earn nat'l recognition

A new Environment America report finds Delaware among the top states when it comes to solar energy.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

The report ranks Delaware seventh in the nation taking into account leadership, energy legislation and strong public policy around solar power.

The ranking takes into account leadership, energy legislation and strong public policy.

"We've got really good net metering and interconnection policies. They allow customers to sell excess solar power back to the grid and our policies are among the most progressive in the country," he says.

Solar installations have increased 25 fold in Delaware since 2008.

DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara says the next step for Delaware is to bring solar energy to the low-income population.

"And obviously with the heat wave we experienced last week, anything to reduce energy costs for folks is a good thing," he says.

He also has bigger hopes for solar power.

"We'd also like to see more progress on solar hot water as a way to reduce some of our heating needs," says O'Mara

The Environment America report ranked Arizona in first place. Maryland rounded out the top 12.

"One thing we're proud of is that we were second on this side of the country, on the East Coast, this side of the Mississippi," brags O'Mara.

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