New Jersey is sliding behind other states when it comes to growth in solar power, slipping from first in the nation to fourth, according to a new report by the Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center.
Although the state’s solar energy installations grew 43 percent in 2012, it is one of the states that led the nation, with 85 percent of the country’s installations but only 28 percent of the population. The other states include Arizona, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Vermont.
Doug O’Malley, director with Environment New Jersey, said that the solar industry is cooling off in New Jersey in 2013 and blamed Gov. Chris Christie’s raids on clean energy funds of more than $800 million for putting the state’s solar momentum at risk.