Op-ed: Give New Jersey solar the chance to shine again

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MARC MILLER / NJ SPOTLIGHT -Not so long ago New Jersey was the East Coast’s unquestioned leader in solar energy — and had the jobs and economy that go with industry leadership.

The state had passed some of the first and most robust solar incentives in the country in the early 2000s — and that leadership brought jobs and investment. By 2009, New Jersey ranked first on the East Coast in both solar installations and solar industry jobs. That was in the depths of the Great Recession and the solar industry was one of the few bright spots in New Jersey’s economy …

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