Community solar in New Jersey
In 2019, New Jersey established a 3 year community solar pilot program. A total of 252 applications were received and in December, the state granted approval for 45 community solar projects with a total capacity of 75 megawatts (MW).
The program was so successful in the first year that in October of 2021, the state decided to make the program permanent rather than wait for the conclusion of the pilot program.
In October of 2021, the community solar pilot program was also expanded, doubling the amount of new community solar capacity in the state to 150MW. Out of a total of 412 applications, 105 community solar projects were approved. Those projects are currently being developed and installed and most are open to subscription.
In order to ensure that there is equitable access to the benefits of community solar, New Jersey requires that 51% of the program capacity is reserved for low to moderate income households.
Other rules which benefit consumers (fair pricing, no long-term commitment, cancellation fees, etc)