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New Jersey has been an early leader in solar and perennial top ten solar state. The New Jersey Solar market continues to be strong and is driven by net metering, a solar RPS and an accompanying SREC market.

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Facts on New Jersey's Solar Industry

  •  Solar Installed: 2,164.2 MW (361.4 MW in 2016)1
  •  National Ranking: 5th (11th in 2016)
  •  State Homes Powered by Solar: 336,000
  •  Percentage of State’s Electricity from Solar: 3.83%2
  •  Solar Jobs and Ranking: 6,056 (9th in 2016)3
  •  Solar Companies in State: 562 companies total; 82 Manufacturers, 353 Installers/Developers, 121 Others4
  •  Total Solar Investment in State: $8,157.28 million ($822.77 million in 2016)
  •  Price Declines: 55% over last 5 years
  •  Growth Projections and Ranking: 2,017 MW over next 5 years (ranks 11th)

 

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Notable Solar Installations in New Jersey

  • Pilesgrove Solar Project was completed in 2015 by developer Con Edison and Panda Energy.  This photovoltaic project has the capacity to generate 18 MW of electricity-- enough to power over 2,796 New Jersey homes.5
  • Several large retailers in New Jersey have gone solar including Anheuser-Busch, Ashley Plaza and AT&T. Berry Plastics Corporation has installed one of the largest such installations with 14 MW of solar capacity at their location in Phillipsburg.6
  • At 10 MW, L&D Landfill Solar in Mt. Holly is among the largest solar installations in New Jersey. This project has enough electric capacity to power more than 1,553 homes.7

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SEIA New Jersey State Solar Policy Priorities

SEIA is working with the legislature and other stakeholders to guarantee continued solar growth in the state even with forecasts showing a flattening demand for energy. We are: 

  • Advocating for an SREC reform bill that will ensure solar market growth through energy year 2020, while at the same time closing out the current SREC program; 
  • Helping to design the next generation of solar incentive programs in NJ; and 
  • Advocating for legislation to open New Jersey to community shared solar. 

Solar Companies in New Jersey

There are currently more than 480 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: 64 manufacturers, 17 manufacturing facilities, 275 contractor/installers, 38 project developers, 18 distributors and 85 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

EnergySage Solar Data Explorer – New Jersey – Review the costs and benefits of installing solar panels in New Jersey, based on real price data from solar quotes.

Footnotes

1All data from SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight unless otherwise noted: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/us-solar-market-insight

2Energy Information Administration, Electric Power Monthly: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/#generation

 

3The Solar Foundation, State Solar Jobs Census: http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/solar-jobs-census/states/

4SEIA, National Solar Database: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/national-solar-database

5SEIA, Major Solar Projects List: http://www.seia.org/research-resources/major-solar-projects-list

6Ibid

7SEIA, Solar Means Business: http://www.seia.org/campaign/solar-means-business-2016

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MW Installed
2,164.15
Number Of Installations
73,279
Solar Jobs
6,056
National Ranking
5th (11th in 2016)
State Homes Powered by Solar
336,188
Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar
3.83%
Solar Companies in State
562 (82 Manufacturers, 353 Installers/Developers, 121 Others)
Total Solar Investment in State
$8,095.01 million
Prices have fallen
55% in the last five years
Growth Projection
2,019 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 10th)