Shared Solar - Can New Jersey be the “Solar Garden State”?
Date: Monday, June 9, 2014 7-9:30 PM
Location: Fahs Theater, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton - 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08542
How can everyone go solar? What about people who have trees shading their homes, who rent or live in multi-unit dwellings? In Colorado, Washington, Minnesota and seven other states, utility customers can subscribe to a shared solar array, or community solar garden. Just as a participant in a community garden can grow a patch of vegetables and take them home, a subscriber to a solar garden purchases panels in the shared array and receives an electric bill credit as if the panels were on his or her own roof. Legislation will be required to make solar gardens a possibility in the Garden State.
Joy Hughes, founder of the Solar Gardens Institute, will discuss the rapid growth of community owned solar around the United States and elsewhere in the world. Attendees will have a chance to learn the steps that will be required for New Jersey to adopt this model.
The Solar Gardens Institute provides training and tools for communities everywhere seeking to develop community solar projects.
Joy Hughes, Solar Gardens Institute