Gov. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) have announced that the number of solar installations in New Jersey now totals over 4,000, with more than 90 MW installed statewide. Seven years ago, the state had just six solar installations, the governor notes.
The announcement of the milestone was held in conjunction with the unveiling of an 18k W installation at Birch Arms apartments, a solar-powered and energy efficient residential development in Paterson, N.J. The 18 kW solar installation at Birch Arms was made possible through a partnership between the BPU's Clean Energy Program and the Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.
‘By enacting policies like the state's advanced renewable portfolio standard and strong incentives for solar, New Jersey has become the second largest market for solar in the country,’ Rhone Resch, president and CEO of Solar Energy Industries Association, said in a congratulatory statement.
‘In fact, New Jersey has more solar photovoltaic installations than Florida, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada combined, and is second only to California in total solar capacity,’ Resch added.