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New Jersey Touts ‘Overwhelming Response’ To Community Solar Pilot

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has received 252 applications for the first year of its three-year Community Solar Energy Pilot Program.

The program, which earmarks 40% of overall capacity for projects serving low- and moderate-income (LMI) households, is a component of Gov. Phil Murphy’s agenda of reaching 100% clean energy by 2050.

The 252 applications represent more than 650 MW of total capacity, demonstrating “significant public excitement” about community solar, says the NJBPU. In total, 232 of the applications are for projects where at least 51% of capacity would benefit LMI residents.

Though the pilot program has a capacity limit of 75 MW for the first year, the NJBPU anticipates awarding at least 75 MW during both the second and third years of the program. In total, the pilot is estimated to cover the electricity usage of approximately 45,000 residential homes.

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