For those without the ability to install their own rooftop solar panels, New Jersey has offered another option since 2019: community solar. Residents can opt in and subscribe to a local solar energy project, regardless whether you own or rent your home. These projects typically require no enrollment fee, allow members to cancel at any time, and keep their subscribers as customers of PSE&G. It works like this: community solar projects use solar energy to generate electricity, which is connected to the PSE&G grid. By subscribing, you sign up for a share in the project and receive solar energy credits on your PSE&G account, lowering your bill!
You can save money on your electric bill while helping to save the environment, all without the hassle of a physical installation!
Check out the brochure put out by New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program for more FAQs about how community solar works.
How do I sign up?
All community solar projects have to be approved by the state, and households can only subscribe to projects in their local area. To find out what projects are available in your town, you can go to the NJ Community Solar Project Finder. Just enter your zipcode, and you’ll see what projects you are eligible to enroll in.
Remember that projects have only a limited number of subscriptions available but also that new projects come on-line all the time. If you don’t see any projects currently available, check back regularly.