DOVER, DE – November 28, 2023 – Energize Delaware, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility) announced the launch of its new Business Technical Assistance program to improve energy efficiency in small and mid-size commercial buildings (SMBs), including those in underserved, low-income and disadvantaged communities across Delaware. The program helps building owners and contractors understand the importance of improving the energy efficiency of their building by lowering energy costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and access to low-interest financing such as Energize Delaware’s Low-Interest Commercial Loans.
“Energy improvement projects for SMBs do not always have the business case for above-code energy efficient equipment. To address this concern, we are now offering, at no cost, the technical assistance needed to maximize energy efficiency and access to 100% long-term financing for improvements like HVAC replacement, LED lighting, roof/envelope upgrades, and solar installations” said Drew Slater, Executive Director of Energize Delaware.
To provide technical assistance services to SMB owners and contractors, Energize Delaware has contracted with Sustainable Real Estate Solutions (SRS) which will use its Energy Performance Improvement Calculator (EPIC™) technology platform to evaluate the business case for alternative high efficiency equipment.
This means, for the first time, small and mid-size commercial building owners will have estimated cost and savings information that they need to confidently invest in high efficiency building upgrades. Furthermore, for qualifying projects, SMB owners will have access to incentives and 100%, long-term financing options.
Brian McCarter, CEO of SRS, said, “Our 10+ years’ experience administering energy efficiency programs for state governments has proven that the optimal time for SMB owners to evaluate alternative energy efficient technology is when the need arises to replace aging HVAC equipment. SMB owners are often surprised to see that the combination of high efficiency equipment and 100% long-term financing makes for a compelling investment opportunity.”
McCarter added, “Thanks to this new, first in the nation Energize Delaware program, business owners can now evaluate – free of charge prior to an investment decision, the financial impacts of alternative building energy improvements.”
Find out how to take advantage of the program’s free technical assistance services, contact SRS at (203) 880-5300; EPIC@SRSworx.com. For additional information join our webinar on December 15, 2023, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. You can register here..
About Energize Delaware
Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) DBA Energize Delaware, a unique 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was created in 2007 by the state of Delaware to foster a sustainable energy future. Our DESEU model is the first of its kind in the United States and is being replicated in several other communities around the world. Through multiple Energize Delaware initiatives, we help residents and businesses save money via energy efficiency and clean energy solutions—frequently at little or no cost.
Sustainable Real Estate Solutions (SRS), founded in 2010 by experienced commercial real estate and energy efficiency professionals, has built a national reputation as program administrator of state government Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) programs. Since 2019, SRS has provided technology-enabled technical assistance services in support of Energize Delaware’s C-PACE program. This experience has given SRS a deep understanding of the best practices required to meet the needs of Delaware’s small and mid-size commercial building owners (SMBs) and the energy improvement contractors that serve SMBs.