New Jersey has been an early leader in solar, and is one of only three states in the US to have more than 1 GW of installed capacity. The market continues to be strong. The market is driven by net metering, a solar RPS and an accompanying SREC market.
Facts on New Jersey's Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 509 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in New Jersey, employing 7,200 people.
- In 2014, New Jersey installed 240 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 6th nationally.
- The 1,451 MW of solar energy currently installed in New Jersey ranks the state 3rd in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 228,000 homes.
- In 2014, $591 million was invested on solar installations in New Jersey.
- Installed solar photovoltaic system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily -- by 8% from last year and 49% from 2010.
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Notable Solar Installations in New Jersey
- The largest rooftop solar array in North America was installed in spring 2012 by Holt Logistics, on the roof of its Gloucester Marine Terminal warehouse facility. The 9 MW project features more than 27,000 panels spread out over 1.1 million square feet.
- Several large retailers in New Jersey have gone solar, including FedEx, Johnson & Johnson, Toys 'R Us, and McGraw Hill. U.S. Foods has installed one of the largest corporate photovoltaic systems in the state with 8,135 kW of solar capacity at their location in Perth Amboy.
- At 9.9 MW, Howell Solar Farm is among the largest solar installations in New Jersey. Completed in 2015 by NJR Clean Energy Ventures, this photovoltaic project has enough electric capacity to power more than 1,600 homes.
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SEIA New Jersey State Solar Policy Priorities
- Monitor and engage in any dialogue around NEM and ‘next generation’ of solar policy discussions.
- Work with the legislature and other stakeholders to address the post-EY17 reduction in solar market growth required by the current SREC demand curve to ensure that New Jersey continues to be a strong market into the future.
- Improve interconnection protocols, including promoting state-level adoption of FERC’s recent Order on Small Generation Interconnection Procedures encompassing 100% minimum load rule into a state interconnection rules as well ensuring that interconnection protocols put in place enable rather than limit advanced DG configurations (i.e. solar + storage).
Solar Companies in New Jersey
There are currently more than 509 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in New Jersey. These companies provide a wide variety of solar products and services ranging from solar system installations to the manufacturing of components used in photovoltaic panels. These companies can be broken down across the following categories: 74 manufacturers, 16 manufacturing facilities, 301 contractor/installers, 42 project developers, 26 distributors and 66 engaged in other solar activities including financing, engineering and legal support.
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New Jersey State Solar Policy Resources
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities - Learn about the governing body that regulates the electricity rates and services of New Jersey public utilities
New Jersey State Legislature - Track pending legislation affecting solar energy, locate and contact individual legislators, and stay up to date on current legislative issues in
New Jersey's Clean Energy Program - Find a wide variety of information on state government energy programs, policy, projects, energy-saving strategies and energy-related statistics
DSIRE incentives database - New Jersey - Search a public clearinghouse for specific solar energy incentives in New Jersey and across the United States
U.S. Energy Information Administration - New Jersey State Profile - Explore official energy statistics, including data on electricity supply and demand, from the U.S. government