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NEW! Soon you’ll be able to apply to some of New Jersey’s energy efficiency programs directly through your utility company.
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¡NUEVO! Pronto podrás aplicar a algunos de los programas de eficiencia energética de New Jersey directamente a través de tu proveedor de utilidades.
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New Jersey Offshore Wind Strategic Plan

In 2020 the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) approved the final New Jersey Offshore Wind Strategic Plan, the State’s comprehensive roadmap for achieving 7,500 MW of offshore wind energy by 2035. The plan was developed by Ramboll U.S. Corporation through an extensive public stakeholder process. It presents recommendations on establishing an offshore wind industry that achieves net economic benefits and gives New Jersey residents the best overall value, while also protecting the environment, commercial and recreational fishing interests, and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Learn more about offshore wind.

New Jersey Solar Programs

New Jersey is committed to supporting solar energy. The current solar programs allow solar projects to register to earn Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC) or Transition Incentive Energy Credits (TREC). SRECs and TRECs represent the clean energy attributes of electricity generated from a solar energy project.

As described in more detail below, NJCEP’s Legacy SREC Registration Program (SRP) is being phased out and the Transition Incentive (TI) Program is now open to new registrations. A new Successor Program is currently being developed and will eventually replace the SRP and the TI Program.

Legacy SREC Registration Program (SRP)

To conform with the Clean Energy Act of 2018 signed into law on May 23, 2018, the NJBPU adopted rules to close the SRP to new registrants once 5.1% of the kilowatt-hours sold in the State were generated by solar electric power connected to the distribution system. By Order dated, April 6, 2020, the NJBPU determined the 5.1% Milestone would be attained on April 30, 2020, at which time the SREC Registration Program was closed to new registrations. On May 1, 2020, the Transition Incentive Program opened to new applications. More information on solar proceedings can be found here.

The Legacy SRP was the solar program previously used to register solar installations in New Jersey. The value of the SRECs available through SRP is determined by the market established by the NJ Renewable Portfolio Standard rules at N.J.A.C. 14:8-2. A solar electric system earns one SREC for each 1,000 kWh (1MWh) of electricity the system generates. Visit this page for more information on NJRPS NJ Renewable Portfolio Standards.

Transition Incentive Program (TI)

By Order dated December 6, 2019, the NJBPU established the TI Program to provide a bridge between the Legacy SRP and the soon-to-be-established Successor Program. The TI Program is expected to remain open to new applications until the Successor Program is open.

All solar projects must be registered under the TI Program to be able to earn TRECs. The TREC can be sold to the TREC Administrator at fixed prices determined by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. A solar electric system earns one TREC for each 1,000 kWh (1MWh) of electricity the system generates. For additional information on the TI Program, refer to the TI FAQs.

Successor Program

Based on the findings in the Cadmus New Jersey Solar Transition Capstone Report, Board Staff developed the New Jersey Solar Successor Program Straw Proposal which was released on May 5, 2021. The Straw Proposal details Staff’s preliminary recommendations for the Successor Program, including program design and implementation, calculation of annual megawatt targets, and calculation of the statutory cost cap. On May 7, 2021, NJBPU released updated recommendations regarding the New Jersey Solar Successor Program Straw Proposal. These documents can be found on the Solar Proceedings page.

The NJBPU has completed the stakeholder process and is currently working on the design and implementation for the soon-to-be-established Successor Program. To receive program updates, please sign up for the Renewable Energy listserv. Relevant Board Orders, webinars and solar transition information can be found on the Solar Proceedings page of the website.

Community Solar Energy Pilot Program

In May 2018, Governor Murphy signed L.2018, c.17, which mandated the creation of the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. On January 17, 2019, NJBPU adopted rules establishing the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program.

This Pilot Program enables utility customers to participate in a solar energy project that may be remotely located from their homes; by participating, the customers will receive a credit on their utility bills. Community solar will therefore enable access to clean energy generation for utility customers currently unable to place solar generation directly on their own properties.

Applications to participate in the Pilot Program are accepted during a certain Application Period each year. Program Year 2 Application Period closed on February 5, 2021; Program Year 3 Application period has not yet been established.

To receive program updates, please sign up on the Community Solar listserv. You can also find additional information on the Community Solar FAQ page.

Energy Efficiency First

Make sure your home or building is as energy efficient as possible before installing solar. Benefits include: improved comfort and safety, lower energy bills, less renewable capacity needed, and lower upfront cost to install renewable energy.  Businesses should take advantage of the free Benchmarking services provided by New Jersey's Clean Energy Program to discover where there are opportunities to save on energy before installing solar.

...then check with your utility

It is also a best practice when considering solar to check with your local Electric Distribution Company (EDC) about the capability of the electric distribution circuit serving your home or business. Many of the EDCs have maps on their website showing whether your local distribution circuit can handle additional solar interconnections. You can find contact information for the personnel at your EDC here.

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