Between 2001 and this past April, a total of 34,739 renewable-energy projects were installed in the Garden State; the vast majority of them — 34,669 — were solar deployments. These have received rebates paid by utility customers totaling $364 million.
These days, solar installations no longer receive rebates, but they do still get financial support from ratepayers. Much smaller projects involve biomass, which converts energy from plants and organic material, and fuel cells, which provide energy from chemical reactions. The biggest renewable technology behind solar is wind, with 43 installations.
In total, the state has handed out nearly $390 million in rebates to promote these clean technologies, according to the Clean Energy Office in the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The state wants 22.5 percent of the electricity in New Jersey to come from renewable energy sources by 2020.