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Once a Leader, NJ’s Solar Industry Slips

Updated: Aug 6, 2022

April 4, 2022 |

New Jersey’s solar sector isn’t quite so robust these days.

Hundreds of solar projects now in the pipeline may never be completed. A collapse in the global supply chain left developers struggling to get components needed to put solar systems online. Approvals to connect systems to the power grid are often delayed by months.

Those problems, and others, are reflected in a well-regarded ranking of solar activity across the nation. In that ranking, New Jersey slipped to 20th for new solar installations in 2021, down from 12th the year before and ninth in 2019. New Jersey once ranked as high as second in the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie’s year-in-review report.

NJ SEED The report is concerning since solar energy production is an important component of the Murphy Administration’s Energy Master Plan. Solar is considered to be one of the lower-cost pieces of the energy puzzle.

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