Ensure community solar is available to all New Jersey residents
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is now seeking public comment about their proposed rules for community solar. Solar United Neighbors of New Jersey is excited about these guidelines, which could make the Garden State a national leader in community solar. Highlights of the rules include:
- Setting a goal of 75 MW of community solar for the first three years of the program
- Reserving 40% of the solar farms for low-to-moderate income (LMI) communities
- Prohibiting solar projects on preserved farmland
To strengthen the program, we are urging that the rules include utility consolidated billing (one combined bill for electricity from the solar project and from the utility); funding community-based organizations to outreach to low-income communities about the program; and an easy and inclusive subscription application process.
It’s important for solar supporters like you to let the BPU know that you support the proposed rules and that you want them to make changes to ensure that the program accomplishes its worthy goals.