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The state of solar in New Jersey

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) currently ranks New Jersey as the seventh-highest solar state in the nation.* The Garden State's attractiveness for solar power is due to its many favorable clean energy laws and the 206 days of sunshine it experiences each year.*

According to Google's Project Sunroof, New Jersey has only achieved a fraction of its solar potential. If 78% of the state's existing buildings installed solar panels, New Jersey's yearly solar output could reach 34.1 million MWh AC.*

How much solar energy does New Jersey produce?

New Jersey currently has over 137,000 active solar systems. In the first quarter of 2021, these solar arrays produced 3,653.1 MW – enough to power 586,709 homes. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) expects the state's solar power production to rise by 1,834 MW over the next five years.*

What are the advantages of going solar in New Jersey?

Switching to solar power in New Jersey will benefit you and the environment. You will benefit because solar electricity costs far less than power from the grid. If you go solar today, it will offset your regular electricity bills by 83% to 112%, meaning that you could be paying almost zero for electricity each month.

The money you save on your monthly electricity bills could amount to $43,385 at $58,698 over the next 20 years. At that rate, your solar system will pay for itself within four to six years.* Lastly, installing solar panels for home use can increase your property's value by 4% or more.*

How much does solar cost in New Jersey?new jersey body

The cost of a home solar system can vary due to a range of factors, even in the same state. These include:

  • Solar panel quality

  • Permit and installation costs

  • Roof size and angle

  • Property's electricity needs

To help you understand the price of going solar in your area, we've analyzed SunPower price quotes as well as quotes gathered by third-party sources for thousands of homeowners across the country. In New Jersey, we found that the average cost of owning a 5 kW solar system ranges from $13,900 to $15,550, or in other words, from $2.78 to $3.11 per watt—and that's before considering the benefits of any available tax credits or incentives.

Lower the cost of going solar by taking advantage of these incentives:

  • The federal solar tax credit: Homeowners who purchase their system as opposed to leasing it, can get a tax credit of up to 26% of the total cost of the solar installation.*

  • New Jersey Net Metering: The top net metering providers in New Jersey are Jersey Central Power & Light and PSE&G. Under the net metering program, your local utility provider will credit you for the excess power that your solar system generates and sends to the grid.*

  • Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs): If you qualify for the program, you will receive compensation for every kWh that your solar system produces.*

  • Solar Investment Property Tax Exemption: Solar panel owners do not have to pay property tax on the value added to their property by a solar installation.

  • *. Tax credits and incentives are subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. The availability of net metering varies by location and is subject to change. Visit dsireusa.org for detailed solar policy information.
  • *. DSIRE: Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) Registration Program: https://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/5687 (August 2021)

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