New Jersey joins the small handful of states that have surpassed 2 gigawatts of solar installations. That’s according to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU). Almost 66,000 solar projects have been developed across the state, reaching 2 gigawatts of capacity, according to the New Jersey Solar Installation Report, a report issued by one of the NJBPU’s offices.
The level of solar power installed in the small mid-Atlantic state places it among the top four states in the US for the amount of solar power installed, placing it close to states like Arizona and California. Then again, just one utility in Arizona, Arizona Public Service, has surpassed one gigawatt of solar.
New Jersey now is on target to exceed its 22.5 percent renewable energy portfolio standard by 2021. The progress is largely thanks to Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) Energy Master Plan.
“We are proud that the Christie administration’s commitment to renewable solar energy has led to the achievement of surpassing the 2-gigawatt milestone and recently being recognized as the number two state for residential solar by Solar Power Rocks in its U.S. Solar Power Rankings 2017,” said Richard Mroz, President, NJBPU.
New Jersey installed 353 megawatts of solar capacity during 2016, second only 2012 when it installed 417 megawatts. That’s largely thanks to bipartisan legislation that accelerated growth under the renewable portfolio standard, according to the board. New Jersey has seen a growth rate in solar development of almost 1,477 percent since 2010.
“Through this administration’s efforts to support solar, New Jersey has achieved the fourth highest cumulative amount of installed solar capacity in the country; with 94 percent of all that solar being installed during Governor Christie’s first seven years in office. We are ensuring a future where distributed solar energy generation remains an important part of New Jersey’s energy future.”
As a result of bipartisan efforts and sound renewable energy policy, New Jersey continues to rank as the second-most friendliest solar state in the nation by Solar Power Rocks. However, New Jersey’s 2 gigawatts of installed solar capacity is still far behind California’s 8 gigawatts of solar. California already produces 56 percent of its electricity demands from solar and other renewable power sources, which exceeds its 50 percent goal set for 2030.Tweet