With uncertainty surrounding the idea of “essential work” in the midst of COVID-19, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has clarified its stance with regards to solar projects. An announcement from the NJBPU on May 1 confirmed that the State of New Jersey considers solar installations to be “essential construction projects.”
Under Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 122, solar projects are deemed essential construction and, thus, are permitted to continue during New Jersey’s Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency.
Following this Executive Order from Governor Murphy, the NJBPU clarified that solar projects fall within the parameters outlined in the Order and solar construction may continue. This includes all new and ongoing solar construction projects in both the residential and commercial sectors.
This definition of solar as “essential construction” highlights the importance of solar in the New Jersey energy market—and the wider importance of renewable energy across the United States. It’s also great news for solar workers in the State of New Jersey who, like everyone else, have been affected by COVID-19 and its associated lockdown measures.
If you’re interested in developing a New Jersey solar project, contact YSG Solar today. YSG is experienced in developing all manner of solar projects, from small rooftop installations all the way up to large-scale solar farms. Send us an email, or call at 212.389.9215 to get started.
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By Shane Croghan