New Jersey's first community solar project goes online

Some people can install solar on their rooftops. For those who can't, there's a new option for going solar. 

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Some people can install solar on their rooftops. For those who can't, there's a new option for going solar. 

On Jan. 28, New Jersey’s first community solar project went live in Perth Amboy. The panels will generate over 11 megawatts of electricity and are expected to power approximately 1,200 homes. The project — the first of 45 community solar projects planned by Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration — will advance New Jersey toward our goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050.

“Clean, renewable energy from solar power is one of the most powerful tools we have to transition to a clean energy future, but for too long, solar hasn’t worked for every home,” said Environment New Jersey State Director Doug O’Malley. “Community solar is the key to breaking through this roadblock and providing an opportunity for every New Jerseyan to be powered by solar energy.”

Environment New Jersey has advocated for community solar since 2009. 

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Photo: Community solar projects, such as the one pictured above in Perth Amboy, will help close the gap in solar power across the state. Credit: Edwin Torres/NJ Governor's Office via Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0 

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.