What is community solar?
- Community solar allows customers to get the benefits of solar energy without installing panels on their own roof.
- The electricity that a community solar project generates is shared among multiple participants, known as “subscribers.”
- Community solar subscribers sign up to power their home from electricity delivered through the grid and generated by a solar installation that is located near, but not on, the subscriber’s own property.
- Community solar projects must be approved by the NJ Board of Public Utilities.
How does a subscriber save money?
- You will receive a 25% discount on the solar energy credited to your electric bill. The discounts start as soon as the community solar project is energized.
Are there any fees?
- There are no sign up or cancellation fees associated with Solar Landscapes projects.
Why is community solar important?
- Community solar is a vital part of New Jersey’s strategy for achieving its goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050.
- Equity is a key component of community solar, which expands access to renewable energy especially for historically underserved communities.
- Each community solar project serves at least 51% low- and moderate- income families
- Everyone has equal access to solar energy, even if they live in an apartment, rent their home, or don’t have a roof that is optimal for solar panel
How long has community solar been available in New Jersey?
- The community solar program was established as part of the Clean Energy Act signed by Governor Murphy in 2018.
- The NJ Board of Public Utilities approved 45 community solar projects in 2019 and 105 community solar projects in 2021 as part of a pilot program.
- The NJ Board of Public Utilities is now developing a permanent community solar program.
Who is eligible and how can people sign up to become a community solar customer?
- New Jersey ratepayers, whether they live in a single-family home or multi-family building, can determine whether they are eligible and locate available community solar projects in their area by visiting www.SolarLandscape.com.
About Solar Landscape
- Each one of Solar Landscape’s projects is located on a roof, saving valuable open space and habitat.
- Solar Landscape offers free solar energy job training.
- The first round of Solar Landscape’s community solar projects will offset morethan 375,000 tons of carbon emissions over 20 years.
- Solar Landscape now has over 50 community solar projects completed or pending state-wide, for a total of over 70 megawatts of renewable energy that will power over 11,000 homes.
- Solar Landscape builds large-scale solar projects that generate clean energy for the community. Since 2012, they have installed over 300,000 solar panels and employ over 100 New Jersey residents.
- Solar Landscape partnered with Arcadia, a nationally acclaimed technology company in the energy space, to provide a seamless billing experience for subscribers.