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Community Solar

The Community Solar Energy Pilot Program will enable utility customers to participate in a solar energy project that is remotely located from their property. Program literature and additional information can be found below:

Visit the Community Solar Stakeholder page for information on upcoming meetings or to subscribe to the listserv to receive communication on this topic.

Please use the Community Solar Complaint Form if you have a complaint about your community solar subscription.

Program Documents and Forms

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 by the BPU. The public versions of the applications can be found at the following links:

The Program Year 1 scores are available here

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 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 at 9:00 A.M. and will close on September 9, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. 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.

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



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