The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) recently approved 105 applications to participate in Program Year Two of the State’s Community Solar Energy Pilot Program. The Community Solar Energy Pilot Program allows utility customers (subscribers) to participate in a solar energy project that is remotely located from their property. Brightcore Energy’s proposal for 19 solar projects in Moorestown was selected among the 105 approved applications as well as Independence Solar’s proposal for 1 solar project in Moorestown.
“We are thrilled to welcome these 20 solar projects to Moorestown, especially since we are in the process of adding new affordable homes and want those residents to have access to renewable energy,” said Mayor Nicole Gillespie. “We’ve declared 2022 to be the Year of the Environment in Moorestown, and this is a great way to kick that off.”
The Community Solar Program is part of Governor Phil Murphy’s clean energy agenda, and all Community Solar awards will serve low- and moderate- income communities. According to NJBPU, “a subscriber can be a home or business that wants to use renewable energy but does not have a solar array on-site, for example if they rent and lack control of their roof, live in an apartment or multi-family building, or cannot afford the cost of a solar installation.”
Brightcore Energy’s 19 solar projects will be installed on commercial buildings in the Specially Restricted Industrial (“SRI”) zone in Moorestown. Independence Solar’s project will be located on N. Lenola Road. The energy from these projects will be primarily allocated to low-to-moderate income households at a 20 percent or more discount in Moorestown and adjacent municipalities.
“We have unique partnerships with affordable housing providers that will facilitate the residents’ subscription process,” a representative from BrightCore stated in an email to the township. “We are excited to start the project development phase and engage the township of Moorestown in this process.”