Editorial: Murphy’s helpful community solar initiative seconded by installers

Solar installation on commercial rooftop in Secaucus NJ

PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – Residents and businesses in New Jersey have paid $2.8 billion in subsidies to companies that install solar energy panels. Thanks to that money, from substantial monthly fees charged on electric and natural gas bills, the companies have installed more than 100,000 solar arrays in the state — enough to make tiny and not especially sunny New Jersey fifth among states for solar energy capacity.

It was time for New Jersey to declare victory and pursue other goals. These clean energy charges had surpassed $500 million a year on ratepayers’ bills, and other more effective goals beckoned …

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