New Jersey’s Community Solar Program

Date: 22 May 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A.B. 3723 was enacted in May 2018 and changed the net metering law to increase net metering aggregate capacity to 5.8% the total annual kilowatt hours sold in the state and established a pilot community solar program.

In 2019, the first year of the program, New Jersey received 252 applications. During the second year of the pilot program, 150 megawatts of capacity was installed with a 40% carve-out for low to moderate-income customers. The program is the first to have an evaluation rubric for applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.


Watch the top state community solar programs progress in our National Community Solar Programs Tracker.


Check back soon for more detail about the New Jersey community solar program.

For more on solar in New Jersey, check out these ILSR resources:

Learn more about community solar in one of these ILSR reports:

Designing Community Solar Programs that Promote Racial and Economic Equity
Minnesota’s Solar Gardens: the Status and Benefits of Community Solar
Beyond Sharing — How Communities Can Take Ownership of Renewable Power

For podcasts, videos, and more, see ILSR’s community renewable energy archive.


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Featured photo credit: Phil Murphy via Flickr. (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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Abby was an Energy Democracy Intern for the Spring Semester, 2021. She contributed to blog posts and interactive features.