Community solar is a powerful tool to expand equitable access to the benefits of solar regardless of income level or housing type. It provides every New Jersey resident the opportunity to choose local, reliable, and cost-effective clean energy solutions. Senate Bill S3305 will increase equitable access to clean energy in New Jersey by eliminating a major barrier to low- and moderate-income (LMI) participation in community solar projects.
Currently, in order to qualify for low-income community solar, LMI subscribers must produce documentation of their income, which can be onerous and lead to feelings of embarrassment, decreasing overall adoption. If passed, this bill will rid New Jerseyans of this barrier by allowing LMI residents to self-attest their income on community solar applications as an acceptable income verification method. This means that folks who apply will be able to vouch for the authenticity of their income rather than go through a burdensome process.