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Community Solar

The Community Solar Energy Pilot Program enables utility customers to participate in a solar energy project that is remotely located from their property.

Learn About Community Solar

To get started, see the Community Solar Brochure.

How community solar works for subscribers:

The New Jersey Clean Energy Learning Center also has videos for developers and municipalities.

Additional information on how community solar works is available on the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy website.

A list of community solar subscriber organizations currently registered with the Board is available here.

You can view a sample utility bill for a residential community solar subscriber with PSE&G, JCP&L, Atlantic City Electric and Rockland Electric.

Visit the Community Solar Stakeholder page for information on upcoming meetings or to subscribe to the listserv to receive communication on this topic. An archive of messages sent to the Community Solar listserv is available here.

Questions or comments about community solar? Email us at communitysolar@NJCleanEnergy.com. Please use the Community Solar Complaint Form if you have a complaint about your community solar subscription

Program Documents and Forms

Program Year 2

The Community Solar Energy Pilot Program Year 2 Applications were due Friday, February 5, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST. Applicants were required to use NJBPU’s e-Filing portal. Documents pertaining to the PY2 Application Form are below. Note: these documents are identical to the Application Form approved by the Board on October 2, 2020 (as amended in subsequent Board Orders); they have been divided into several documents for the convenience of Applicants.

On February 3, 2021, NJBPU held a webinar demonstrating how to upload an application to the NJBPU e-Filing portal. A recording of the webinar is available here.

READ FIRST Instructions for filling out and submitting a PY2 Application Form

On October 2, 2020, the Board approved the Application Form for Program Year 2 of the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. Please review the instructions above on how to submit a Program Year 2 application.

On January 7, 2021, the Board approved a waiver process for certain applications located in PSE&G service territory for which the hosting capacity map shows insufficient capacity available at the planned location. The details of this waiver are available here.

A total of 412 applications were received. On October 28, 2021 the Board granted conditional approvals to 105 community solar projects; the list of approved projects is available in the Board Order. The Program Year 2 scores are available here. The public versions of the applications are available on the following links:

Pilot Program Frequently Asked Questions

Program Year 1

The application period for Program Year 1 of the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program opened on April 9, 2019 and closed on September 9, 2019. The Program Year 1 application form can be found here.

A total of 252 applications were received. The Program Year 1 scores are available here. The public versions of the applications are available on the following links:

On December 20, 2019, the Board granted conditional approvals to 45 community solar projects; the list of approved projects is available in the Board Order.

Procedural History

On April 11, 2022, the Board issued a request for written comments seeking preliminary input on the design of the permanent program. Comments received are available here.

On March 11, 2021 the Board issued a request for comments regarding consolidated billing of community solar subscriber fees. A stakeholder meeting was held on March 25, 2021; a recording of the stakeholder meeting is available here. Comments submitted can be viewed here, and the EDC report on consolidated billing is available here.

On November 16, 2020, two proposed rule amendments to the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program were published in the New Jersey Register (proposed rule amendment #1 and proposed rule amendment #2). Comments on each proposed rule amendment must be submitted separately, no later than January 15, 2021. The first proposed rule amendment was approved by the Board on October 28, 2021 and was published in the New Jersey Register on December 6, 2021.

On July 9, 2020 the Board issued a request for comments regarding lessons learned from Program Year 1. A stakeholder meeting was held on July 27, 2020; a recording of the meeting is available here, and the slides presented during the meeting are available here.

On December 20, 2019, the Board granted conditional approvals to 45 community solar projects to participate in Program Year 1 of the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program.

On July 10, 2019 (amended August 7, 2019), the Board issued an order regarding the calculation of the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program bill credit.

On April 11, 2019 a request for comments regarding the potential use of consolidated billing and Government Energy Aggregation for community solar was released. A Stakeholder Meeting was held on April 23, 2019. Written comments were received through May 17, 2019.

On March 29, 2019 the Board approved and released the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program Application Form. The Application Period opened on April 9, 2019 and closed on September 9, 2019. Furthermore, on March 29, 2019 the Board issued an Order clarifying the interconnection process for community solar projects.

On February 19, 2019 the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program Rule was published in the New Jersey Register. 

On November 28, 2018 a draft of the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program Application Form was published for public comment, along with drafts of the Community Solar Subscriber Organization Registration Form and the Community Solar Subscriber Disclosure Form. Written comments were received December 21, 2018.

On October 1, 2018 the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program Rule Proposal was published in the New Jersey Register. Written comments were received on November 30, 2018.

On July 6, 2018 a Request for Comment was issued and notice of a Stakeholder meeting to be held on July 24 was announced. Written comments were received July 31, 2018.

July 24, 2018 Stakeholder Meeting Transcript: Morning Session

July 24, 2018 Stakeholder Meeting Transcript: Afternoon Session

Background

In May 2018, Governor Murphy signed A3723/S2314, which mandates the creation of the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities adopted rules establishing the Community Solar Energy Pilot Program on January 17, 2019.

 


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