A milestone in solar power has been reached in New Jersey, according to the state Board of Public Utilities. The Garden State has surpassed 3 gigawatts of solar power and 116,000 solar installations statewide. That places it in the top 10 among the states for the number of residential and business solar installations. In 2009, there were just over 4,900 such installations.
“When it comes to solar installations, New Jersey is rivaling sun-drenched states like Nevada, Arizona and Florida – that says a lot about our state’s enthusiasm for this increasingly affordable, renewable energy source,” said Joseph L. Fiordaliso, president of the BPU, who added that “solar progress … remains a key element in achieving Governor Murphy’s commitment to 100 percent clean energy by 2050.”