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New Jersey Community Solar Pilot Program

The Community Solar Pilot Program, which was established as part of New Jersey’s 2018 Clean Energy Act, enables utility customers to participate in a solar energy project that is remotely located from their property. Historically, solar energy projects have only been feasible for customers who have the physical and financial capability to host solar on-site.

The benefits of on-site solar energy have not been accessible to residential customers who are renters, have an older roof, live in an apartment, or have low credit. Due to these and other disqualifying factors, the majority of residential customers in New Jersey have been blocked from direct access to solar benefits. These disqualifying conditions disproportionally apply to LMI customers, effectively preventing those most in need of energy bill savings from saving through solar energy.

New Jersey’s Community Solar Pilot Program establishes a pilot program that as a matter of policy and in line with the Governor’s environmental justice priorities purposely favors providing LMI customers with access to low-cost solar energy produced at a remote site to residential customers.

Community Solar in Hoboken

The City was selected for Year 2 of the Community Solar Pilot Program with the goal of advancing environmental justice to Hoboken’s low- and moderate- income residents. Through its’ participation the City will provide access to LMI residents who cannot install solar panels on their own roofs to achieve the savings and environmental benefits of solar energy from a remotely sited solar project.

Community Solar would provide affordable renewable energy to LMI residents of Hoboken, which is a key component of Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan and Executive Order on Climate Action.

Hoboken residents may also participate in eligible Year 1 Community Solar Pilot Program projects.

Community Solar expands access to:

  • Renters
  • Residents of apartment buildings
  • Homes with old roofs
  • Homes with shaded roofs
  • Residents with low credit

Community Solar provides participants significant savings on energy costs. Rooftop solar in cities is limit due to space constraints – offsite solar opens opportunities to city dwellers despite this constraint.

Benefits to the Hoboken Housing Authority

The City and Hoboken Housing Authority entered into a Shared Services Agreement for the Community Solar Program to benefit HHA residents. Community Solar savings will be placed into an HHA Community Solar Fund that will go toward an energy/sustainability project with direct community benefit. The City's energy agent from Gabel Associates will provide a “menu” of possible projects to fund based on feasibility, economic analysis, and HHA input. Residents will be key in the decision-making process to utilize the fund. The City and Gabel Associated presented to the Hoboken Housing Authority in February 2022.

Solar One, anon-profit organization, will  offer “Green Workforce Training Program” to Hoboken residents through collaboration with local community organizations and HHA. The Green Workforce Training Program includes two weeks of classroom and hands-on training in construction safety, electrical basics, and solar installation. The Green Workforce Training Program will be available to 20+ participants. After training, all students will have the opportunity to interview for a position with Solar Energy Systems (the project’s solar installer).

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New Jersey Community Solar Pilot Program

The Community Solar Pilot Program, which was established as part of New Jersey’s 2018 Clean Energy Act, enables utility customers to participate in a solar energy project that is remotely located from their property. Historically, solar energy projects have only been feasible for customers who have the physical and financial capability to host solar on-site.

The benefits of on-site solar energy have not been accessible to residential customers who are renters, have an older roof, live in an apartment, or have low credit. Due to these and other disqualifying factors, the majority of residential customers in New Jersey have been blocked from direct access to solar benefits. These disqualifying conditions disproportionally apply to LMI customers, effectively preventing those most in need of energy bill savings from saving through solar energy.

New Jersey’s Community Solar Pilot Program establishes a pilot program that as a matter of policy and in line with the Governor’s environmental justice priorities purposely favors providing LMI customers with access to low-cost solar energy produced at a remote site to residential customers.

Community Solar in Hoboken

The City was selected for Year 2 of the Community Solar Pilot Program with the goal of advancing environmental justice to Hoboken’s low- and moderate- income residents. Through its’ participation the City will provide access to LMI residents who cannot install solar panels on their own roofs to achieve the savings and environmental benefits of solar energy from a remotely sited solar project.

Community Solar would provide affordable renewable energy to LMI residents of Hoboken, which is a key component of Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan and Executive Order on Climate Action.

Hoboken residents may also participate in eligible Year 1 Community Solar Pilot Program projects.

Community Solar expands access to:

  • Renters
  • Residents of apartment buildings
  • Homes with old roofs
  • Homes with shaded roofs
  • Residents with low credit

Community Solar provides participants significant savings on energy costs. Rooftop solar in cities is limit due to space constraints – offsite solar opens opportunities to city dwellers despite this constraint.

Benefits to the Hoboken Housing Authority

The City and Hoboken Housing Authority entered into a Shared Services Agreement for the Community Solar Program to benefit HHA residents. Community Solar savings will be placed into an HHA Community Solar Fund that will go toward an energy/sustainability project with direct community benefit. The City's energy agent from Gabel Associates will provide a “menu” of possible projects to fund based on feasibility, economic analysis, and HHA input. Residents will be key in the decision-making process to utilize the fund. The City and Gabel Associated presented to the Hoboken Housing Authority in February 2022.

Solar One, anon-profit organization, will  offer “Green Workforce Training Program” to Hoboken residents through collaboration with local community organizations and HHA. The Green Workforce Training Program includes two weeks of classroom and hands-on training in construction safety, electrical basics, and solar installation. The Green Workforce Training Program will be available to 20+ participants. After training, all students will have the opportunity to interview for a position with Solar Energy Systems (the project’s solar installer).

What is Community Solar?

Community Solar expands access to solar energy for residents who are limited in accessing solar (and associated savings) due to physical, financial, and rental factors. According to the New Jersey Board of Utilities (BPU):

Community solar projects enable greater access to solar energy. Electric utility customers who have previously been unable to go solar, due to a variety of factors including cost, unsuitable roof, or lack of roof control, can now access this renewable energy. It will enable low- and moderate- income households and the environmental justice community greater access to clean energy and savings on their electricity bills. Community solar encourages local clean energy development that is tied to the communities without compromising the preservation of open space or protected lands in New Jersey.

Visit the New Jersey's Clean Energy Program Community Solar website

Solar Developer

The City issued an RFP to identify a solar vendor to develop the solar project at the developer’s site, enter into a Master Performance Agreement (MPA), and be a co-applicant on the BPU’s Year 2 application process. To evaluate proposals, the City organized an evaluation team which produced an evaluation report dated January 4, 2020. Based on the considerations as detailed in this Report, the Evaluation Team recommended designating Hartz as the Successful Respondent. Hartz and the City entered into a 15-year MPA under which the City would select and aggregate LMI customers, who will purchase solar energy from the Project.

Hartz Solar will build and maintain a 3.9 MW solar project on a warehouse roof in Elizabeth, NJ to serve low-and-moderate income (LMI) residents of Hoboken.

Pursuant to the Community Solar Pilot Program Rules, the City will serve as the “Community Solar Subscriber Organization”. The City’s consultant, Gabel Associates, will act as the Administrator of the Program on behalf of the City and manage all activities that apply to a Subscriber Organization. Hartz will own the solar project and be responsible for maintaining the solar project and for producing solar energy to the Subscriber Organization.

Registration for the community solar business training program

The City Invites HHA Residents to a Hands-On Solar PV Training

Course dates: June 27-July 1, July 11- July 22

Location:

  • Week 1 – Hoboken Housing Authority
  • Weeks 2-3 – Shuttle service to Long Island City Training Facility

Rooftop solar technology enables homeowners and multifamily buildings to generate their own power, save money and reduce environmental impact. Large-scale solar adoption will create a more resilient, climate-friendly, and people-centered energy system for New Jersey.

Solar One’s green construction and solar PV installation training provides individuals with an understanding of solar energy systems, components, available incentives, building code requirements, and hands-on training to install rooftop solar arrays on residential and commercial buildings. Students who complete this program will have opportunities to interview with a local solar installer for positions starting at $21/hour.

The schedule for the training includes:

  • June 27 – July 1: OSHA Training
  • July 11:  Introduction to Carpentry
  • July 12: Carpentry Continued
  • July 13: Electrical Introduction
  • July 14: Electrical Calculations and Circuits
  • July 15: Electrical Wiring and Controls
  • July 18: Solar PV Introduction and Safety
  • July 19: Electrical Review, Markets and NEC Code
  • July 20: Solar Panels - Pt .1
  • July 21: Solar Panels - Pt .2
  • July 22: Solar Panels - Pt .3

Registration is closed.

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