SALISBURY, Md. (May 11, 2016) – Delmarva Power is making it easier for customers
to install solar panels on their rooftops and connect them to the electric
distribution system. The changes will allow customers, who are interested in
installing solar panels, to bypass the paper process and instead complete a
convenient online application. The other change allows an authorized contractor
who is selling, leasing or installing the solar panels to quickly get customer
information they need to enable installation.
“This quicker and easier access
to solar power is another benefit of our company’s recent merger with Exelon,”
said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “We’re responding to
customer feedback and helping support the growth of solar power in Delaware and
As part of the merger, Exelon
agreed to a number of commitments to foster the development of solar power in Delaware
Any customer who wants to
generate power using solar panels needs a new smart meter so that the excess
electricity generated by solar can be transferred back to the electric grid,
allowing the customer to receive credits on their Delmarva Power bills. With
the creation of the new online application portal for solar customers, the
process is expected to become even easier. Contractors and self-install
customers can access the portal through delmarva.com/gpc.
Under current law, every solar
contractor is required to know how much electricity a customer has used in the
past before they can install solar panels. This ensures the panels can be
correctly sized to match those customers’ needs.
In the past, gathering and
providing the customer’s historical usage information to the contractor was a
manual process, but the new online system has a secure, automated form that is
quick and easy to use.
As of March 30, more than 9,000
customers in the Delmarva Power region use net meters on their homes. That
compares to approximately 6,700 a year ago. Delaware and Maryland are among the
fastest growing states for solar generation.
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