New Jersey BPU Adopts New Incentives for Solar Projects
At a special meeting held in Trenton on July 28, 2021, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) approved the following incentives under its New Jersey Solar Successor Incentive Program, or “SUSI.” These incentives will take effect in 30 days, at which time the Transition Incentive Program will close to new applications. References to MW below should be understood to mean megawatts of capacity, measured in Direct Current (DC). MWH refers to megawatt-hours of actual energy generated, measured in Alternating Current (AC).
BPU Solar Incentives
Projects described below as competitive procurement will not be able to apply for incentives until 2022, after a new stakeholder proceeding to be led by staff and a just-hired consultant.
New Jersey Solar Successor Program
Net-metered projects for certain public entities will be entitled to an extra $20.00 per MWH, in recognition of the additional costs incurred in connection with public procurement laws.
In short, the changes in incentives are relatively minor except for non-residential rooftop and parking lot canopies, where the change is substantial. Also, grid supply projects and those on brownfield-type sites face tremendous uncertainty.
The BPU also set maximum blocks for projects to be approved for the year that began June 1, 2021, as follows:
150 MW for residential
150 MW for non-residential
150 MW for community solar