Op-ed: Solar program must work for underserved communities in NJ

Solar installation on commercial rooftop in Secaucus NJ

PARI KASOTIA and TOM FIGEL / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Gov. Phil Murphy signed bold renewable-energy legislation in May. It includes a new community solar program to give renters, families with shared or shaded rooftops, businesses that lease, and many others a way to access clean, renewable solar energy for the first time. It’s an exciting vision for making sure our new clean economy works for everyone, and now it’s up to regulators at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to deliver on that vision.

After weeks of stakeholder input, the BPU has released proposed rules for the new community-solar pilot program. The community solar docket sought stakeholder feedback to establish rules for the pilot program with the goal of ensuring that low- and moderate-income (LMI) customers as well as environmental justice communities, communities of color and other traditionally underserved communities fully benefit from the program …

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