New Jersey Solar Rebates And Incentives

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New Jersey Summary of Solar Energy Financial Incentives

New JerseyWhile New Jersey might not seem like the most likely geographic location for solar installations, the state's aggressive incentive and rebate programs made it the second strongest state in the country for solar installation in 2011. Thousands of homeowners called their New Jersey solar installer to get started last year and the pace doesn't seem to be slowing much in 2012.

New Jersey waives sales tax for solar panels, reduces property tax, provides rebates and offers production incentives to commercial and residential properties that purchase renewable energy systems. The financial incentives range from $100 to thousands, depending on the system and the program.

The state was one of the first to enact a renewable energy portfolio standard. Utility companies are required to get 20.38 percent of their power from Class I and II renewable energy sources by 2021 and 4.1 percent from solar sources by 2028.

To ease pressure on utilities that will have more difficulty achieving the required mix of renewable power generation, New Jersey also developed a Solar Renewable Energy Certificate Registration program that allows utilities whose production portfolio does not meet the mandate to certificates from renewable energy producers to offset their non-renewable production.

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Assessment of Farmland Hosting Renewable Energy Systems

In New Jersey, under the Farmland Assessment Act, farmland actively devoted to an agricultural or horticultural use is assessed at its productivity value. This practice generally results in a lower tax burden for farmland owners compared to residential or commercial land owners. In January 2010 New Jersey enacted legislation (S.B. 1538), which among other things clarifies how farmland used for biomass, solar, and wind energy generation should be treated under the Farmland Assessment Act. Ultimately, the law states that the addition of a biomass, solar, or wind energy generating system to land that was assessed and taxed as

Building Energy Code

NOTE: Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the DOE and BCAP websites.

The New Jersey Uniform Construction Code Act provides that model codes and standards publications shall not be adopted more frequently than once every three years. However, a revision or amendment may be adopted at any time if a commissioner of community affairs finds that imminent danger exists to the public's health, safety or welfare.

On September, 2015,

COOLAdvantage Program

The COOLAdvantage Program’s objective is to improve the energy efficiency of new electric air conditioners and heat pumps. To promote both the sale of energy efficient units and proper installation techniques, the New Jersey Clean Energy Program offers rebates for properly sized and installed high efficiency systems. In order to qualify for a rebate, the unit must meet a minimum energy efficient standard, based on its SEER, EER or HSPF ratings. Customers of Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Central Power & Light, PSE&G and Rockland Electric Company are generally eligible to apply for this rebate; however, funding is also available for

Edison Innovation Clean Energy Manufacturing Fund - Grants and Loans

The Edison Innovation Clean Energy Manufacturing Fund (CEMF) is intended to provide assistance for the manufacturing of energy efficient and renewable energy products that will assist Class I renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in becoming competitive with traditional sources of electric generation. The CEMF is administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) and is structured to provide grants (Tranche I) and loans (Tranche II) for certain business development activities that further these goals within the State of New Jersey. Applicants may apply for both tranches together or separately apply for Tranche II funds, but Tranche I applicants

Edison Innovation Green Growth Fund Loans

Note: The energy efficiency technologies indicated as "eligible" above are examples of possible eligible technologies listed on the program web site. Other products that conserve electricity or natural gas may also be eligible. The renewable energy technologies listed above are those deemed "Class I Renewable Energy" under the New Jersey renewables portfolio standard (RPS). For more detailed definitions please see the program web site.   The Edison Innovation Green Growth Fund (EIGGF), administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, offers loans to for-profit companies developing Class I renewable energy (as defined under state renewables portfolio standard) and energy efficiency

High Performance Building Standards in New State Construction

In January 2008, New Jersey enacted legislation mandating the use of high performance green building standards in new state construction. The standard requires that new buildings larger than 15,000 square feet constructed for the sole use of state entities achieve US Green Building Council LEED Silver rating, a two-globe rating on the Green Building Initiative Green Globe rating system, or a comparable numeric rating from another accredited sustainable building certification program. The law exempts free-standing parking facilities, multiple use maintenance facilities, and storage facilities from the requirement. The law will be enforced by director of the Division of Property Management

High Performance Schools Policy

In July 2002, New Jersey’s governor signed Executive Order No. 24 requiring all new school designs to incorporate LEED Version 2.0 guidelines in order to achieve maximum energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in school facilities.

The Executive Order also requires that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority establish a subsidiary corporation, The New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation (SCC), to be responsible for the school facilities project and the state’s compliance with the new order. The SCC was subsequently replaced by the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) in 2007. The SDA mandates that all projects meet all LEED prerequisites and

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program

NOTE: Rebates have been updated for the Fiscal Year 2017.  NJ Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program includes both rebate and loan as incentives. This program is listed twice under State loan Program and State Rebate Program.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) offers the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program for residents that want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The program is set up to provide incentives that lower the ultimate cost to consumers for the installation of energy efficiency measures identified in a comprehensive home assessment.

Eligibility

The program offers incentives for

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program

NOTE: Rebates have been updated for the Fiscal Year 2017. NJ Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program includes both rebate and loan as incentives. This program is listed twice under State Loan Program and State Rebate Program.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJ BPU) offers the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program for residents that want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The program is set up to provide incentives that lower the ultimate cost to consumers for the installation of energy efficiency measures identified in a comprehensive home assessment.

Eligibility

The program offers incentives for

Interconnection Standards

New Jersey's interconnection standards apply statewide to all electric distribution utilities, but not to the small number of municipal utilities and electric cooperatives in the state. The rules, first adopted in 2001, have been revised several times since their inception, most recently in May 2012. The current standards include the following basic provisions:

  • Systems powered by Class I renewable energy resources are eligible. This includes solar, wind, fuel cells powered by renewable fuels, geothermal technologies, wave or tidal action, landfill gas, anaerobic digester gas, and sustainable biomass.
  • There are three different levels of review procedures for applications, depending on size

Net Metering

NOTE: A.B. 3723 enacted in May 2018 includes several changes to the net metering law, including- i) increase net metered aggregate capacity to 5.8% of the total annual kWh sold in the state, ii) establishes pilot community solar program, and other minor changes. 

Eligibility:

New Jersey's net-metering rules require state's investor-owned utilities and energy suppliers (and certain competitive municipal utilities and electric cooperatives) to offer net metering at non-discriminatory rates to residential, commercial and industrial customers. Systems that generate electricity using solar, wind, geothermal, wave, tidal, landfill gas or sustainable biomass resources, including fuel cells (all "Class I" technologies under

New Jersey Comfort Partners Program

NOTE: The program is available through June 30, 2016 or until the funds are exhausted.

The New Jersey Comfort Partners program is a free of charge, direct installation energy efficiency assistance program available to most New Jersey households with significant energy usage and an income at or below 225% of the federal poverty guidelines. The measures offered are case-specific and will depend on the outcome of a comprehensive energy analysis of the household, but may include lighting upgrades, home and equipment insulation, HVAC system repairs, replacement of inefficient appliances (e.g., refrigerators), air and duct sealing, or custom measures. It is

New Jersey Natural Gas - SAVEGREEN Residential On-Bill Financing Program

Through the SAVEGREEN Project, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) provides an On-Bill Repayment Program (OBRP) for up to $14,000 at 0% APR with no fees, points, or closing cost for energy efficiency upgrades. 

Only current NJNG customers with 12 months of on time account payments are eligible to participate in the program. New NJNG customers must provide a letter of credit from previous regulated utility showing 12 months of on-time payments. NJNG reserves the right to limit participation in the OBRP to customers who have natural gas heating.

See the program web site listed above for complete details on eligibility and

New Jersey Natural Gas - SAVEGREEN Residential Rebate Program

Through The SAVEGREEN Project, New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) provides rebates that supplement the statewide WARMAdvantage ProgramInstallation qualifies customer for NJNG's free Home Energy Audit. This audit is performed by a BPI certified NJNG auditor. The program offers rebate of $500 for installing Gas Furnace, Gas Boiler, or a  Gas Water Heater. 

Installation of equipment in new homes, and participants who have received rebates from the NJ Clean Energy Program are not eligible the rebates. 

Additional incentives up to $600 is available for installing both heat and hot water systems.Please see the program website for more information. 

New Jersey Renewable Energy Incentive Program (Sustainable Biopower)

NOTE: The program is currently open for second round of solicitations for program year 2015. Proposals are due by April 18, 2015. The program manual can be accessed here

New Jersey's 1999 electric restructuring legislation provides for investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy through a "Societal Benefits Charge" (SBC) collected from all customers of electric public utilities. In March 2001, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approved funding for renewable-energy programs, including a customer-sited renewables rebate program for homes, businesses, institutions and non-profits. The program is currently managed by Honeywell under supervision of NJ BPU.

Currently,

NJ Clean Energy- ENERGY STAR Appliance Rebate program

The New Jersey Office of Clean Energy (OCE) offers rebates to state residents who purchase certain energy efficient home appliances. The program website has a search engine where consumers can look up if their product is eligible for rebate. The OCE also offers a $50 rebate for refrigerator/freezer recycling. This recycling offer is only valid till June 30, 2017.

When mail-in rebates are active, as a general rule, all appliances must be ENERGY STAR rated; however, additional requirements may apply to different types of appliances. Rebate requests must generally be made no later than 180 days after the purchase of a

NJ Clean Energy- Residential New Construction Program

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program offers the Residential New Construction Program to incentivize the construction of new homes that meet standards for the following: IECC 2015, EPA ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes, Multifamily High-Rise and the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program. The program provides a range of financial incentives depending on the energy efficiency of the homes. Both single family and multifamily buildings are eligible for the program.  

Program Description 

The Program offers builders flexibility and options to participate in the program by building homes to varying standards or guidelines. In all cases, the Home Energy Rating System

NJ Clean Energy- WARMAdvantage Program (Electric and Gas)

New Jersey’s Clean Energy WARMAdvantage Program offers rebates on furnaces, boilers and water heaters with the objective of improving the efficiency of space heating and water heating systems. The COOLAdvantage Program offers rebates for energy efficient cooling equipment. The programs are currently available statewide to all New Jersey residents, (i.e., including users of oil, propane, and electric customers of municipal utilities. Measures must be installed as retrofits in existing homes; new construction does not qualify. 

Residential Gas Customers: Gas furnaces, boilers, and water heaters can qualify for incentives of $250 to $500. A $1,200 rebate is available for ENERGY STAR

Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Systems

In October 2008, New Jersey enacted legislation exempting renewable energy systems used to meet on-site electricity, heating, cooling, or general energy needs from local property taxes. (There is not a state component to property taxes in New Jersey). Eligible renewable energy systems* include solar PV, wind, fuel cells, sustainable biomass, geothermal electric, landfill gas, hydroelectric, resource recovery, wave, and tidal systems that produce electricity. Systems that produce energy from solar thermal energy (e.g., solar hot water) or geothermal energy (e.g., geothermal heat pumps) are also eligible for the exemption. The exemption may be claimed for all qualified systems installed on

PSE&G - Residential Efficiency Program

PSE&G, in concert with New Jersey's Clean Energy Program (NJCEP), provides a range of incentives for new equipment and energy efficiency measures in residences. All program rebates are awarded through NJCEP, although customers may reach incentive information through the PSE&G web site. The Cool Advantage Program offers rebates for high-efficiency central air conditioners and electric heat pumps. Additionally, the Warm Advantage Program offers rebates for high-efficiency gas water heaters, furnaces and boilers.  Please visit the Cool Advantage and Warm Advantage program links for specific incentive offerings. 

 Home energy audits, programmable thermostats and insulation measures may also be available through PSE&G.

PSE&G - Solar Loan Program

NOTE: The program held its 17th round of solicitation from January 23, 2017 to February 13, 2017. Applications are accepted through 4-6 competitive solicitations on an every-other month basis until program capacity of 97 MW is met.

Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) of New Jersey, the largest utility in the State, offers loans for "behind the meter" photovoltaic (PV) systems to all customer classes in its electric service territory.  The program opened in April 2008 with a goal of installing 30 megawatts (MW) of customer-sited PV through the issuance of loans totaling $105 million. The initial program, termed Solar

Renewables Portfolio Standard

NOTE: A.B. 3723 enacted in May 2018 included several updates to the state's Renewable Energy Portfolio standard including i) increasing the RPS standard to 50% by 2030, ii) increasing the offshore wind carveout, iii) increases in the Solar carveout, iv) changes to the alternative compliance payments, and other several minor changes. 

Requirements:

New Jersey's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) was first adopted in 1999 and has been updated several times. In May 2018, A.B. 3723 increased the total RPS requirement in New Jersey to 35% by 2025 and 50% by 2030 where the specified percentage of electricity sold in the the state

Residential Solar Rights

In 2007, New Jersey enacted legislation preventing homeowners associations from prohibiting the installation of solar collectors on certain types of residential properties. The term "solar collector" is not defined, but would seem to include both solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies which use collectors installed on the roof of a dwelling. This law covers only dwellings that are not deemed community property of the association, including townhouses which have at least two sides that are unattached to any other building and for which the owner, rather than the association, is responsible for roof maintenance. In addition, the law applies specifically

Societal Benefits Charge

New Jersey's 1999 electric-utility restructuring legislation created a "societal benefits charge" (SBC) to support investments in energy efficiency and "Class I" renewable energy. The SBC funds New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP), a statewide initiative administered by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU). The NJCEP provides technical assistance, financial assistance, information and education for all classes of ratepayers. NJCEP energy-efficiency programs and renewable-energy programs were initially managed and implemented by New Jersey's seven investor-owned electric public utilities and gas public utilities, but on April 1, 2007 management was turned over to third-party program managers Honeywell Utility Solutions and

Solar and Wind Permitting Laws

New Jersey has enacted three separate laws addressing local permitting practices for solar and wind energy facilities. The first deals with solar and wind facilities located in industrial-zoned districts; the second with wind energy devices sited on piers; and the third addresses permitting standards small wind energy devices in general. All three are described below.

Solar and Wind as Permitted Uses in Industrial Zones
In March 2009 the state enacted legislation (A.B. 2550) defining facilities engaged in electricity production using solar energy technologies, photovoltaics, and wind energy systems as permitted uses in industrial-zoned parcel(s) of 20 contiguous acres or more.

Solar Easements

New Jersey law provides for the creation of solar easements to ensure that proper sunlight is available to those who operate solar-energy systems. The term "solar energy device" is not defined by the law, and thus could conceivably include all manner of systems or equipment that utilize solar energy. The law also establishes requirements for certain types of information that must be included in the easement agreement, listed as follows:

  • The vertical and horizontal angles, expressed in degrees, at which the solar easement extends over the real property subject to the solar easement.
  • Any terms or conditions or both under

Solar Energy Option Requirement for Residential Developments

In March 2009 New Jersey enacted legislation (A.B. 1558) designed to support the integration of solar energy systems into new residential developments. The law requires that developers of residential developments with 25 or more dwelling units must "offer to install, or to provide for installation of, a solar energy system" when techinically feasible.

 Solar energy systems are defined to include systems that use solar energy to provide "all or a portion of the heating, cooling, or general energy needs of a dwelling unit, including, but not limited to, nocturnal heat radiation, flat plate or focusing solar collectors, or

Solar Energy Sales Tax Exemption

New Jersey offers a full exemption from the state's sales tax for all solar energy equipment. This exemption is available to all taxpayers. All major types solar energy equipment, including equipment for passive solar design, are considered eligible for the exemption as described by the New Jersey Division of Taxation Publication S&U-6 (Sales Tax Exemption Administration). According to S&U-6, the exemption includes all solar energy "devices or systems specifically approved by the Board of Public Utilities, Division of Energy and designed to provide heating or cooling or electrical or mechanical power by converting solar energy to some other usable

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) Registration Program

NOTE: Starting October 29, 2018, the SREC Registration program applications submitted will receive 10 year SREC qualifying life. Applications submitted before the date will receive 15 years SREC qualifying life. 

New Jersey’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) includes a carve-out for solar, requiring the each electricity Load Serving Entities (LSEs) to provide at least 4.1% of the electricity through in-state solar installations by 2028. This solar carve-out, in addition to other supporting incentives has established NJ as one of the largest and dynamic solar market in the US. The SREC registration program allows the solar projects in New Jersey generate

South Jersey Gas - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

South Jersey Gas offers its customers $500 and $600 rebates for purchasing high efficiency combination of gas furnace and water heater, and combination gas boiler and water heater. These incentives are additional to the incentives offered by NJ Clean Energy Rebate Program. In order to qualify for the South Jersey Gas rebate, the customer must participate in the Home Energy Assessment. There is no out of pocket expense for customers to participate in Home Energy Assessment.
Interested customers should consult the program website for more information.

SREC-Based Financing Program (ACE, JCP&L, RECO)

NOTE: Round 6 of the solicitation for SRECs has been issued. Bids are due on April 17, 2017 by 5pm. Information and documents on the RFP can be accessed at the program website

In September 2007 the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) began an investigation into ways to develop and support the solar financing mechanisms based on Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs). An SREC is a tradable commodity that represents the renewable attributes of one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity generated from a solar energy resource (it does not include the energy or capacity aspect of the system). Electricity