March 7, 2014 | Number of The Day
Number of solar jobs in New Jersey

New Jersey’s solar industry supported 6,500 jobs, provided 100 percent of new electrical capacity in 2013, and was enough to power 33,701 homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

And despite dire predictions that Jersey’s solar industry could crash, the state ranked fifth in the country for newly installed solar power last year, at 235.6 megawatts, after California, Arizona, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.

The state now ranks third in the country in terms of installed solar power, with 1,211 megawatts, following California and Arizona. It has more than double the amount of installed power as fourth-ranked North Carolina, which only has 557 megawatts.