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1BOG Launches First Solar Purchasing Campaign in New Jersey

Fresh off the heels of an announcement last week from SunRun that it would start offering its SolarLease program in the state of New Jersey, One Block Off the Grid (1BOG) this week announced the launch of the company’s first East Coast solar group purchasing campaign.

Homeowners in northern New Jersey can now sign up for free to join the Northern New Jersey 1BOG solar campaign and buy residential solar energy at a group discount rate of approximately $5.45 per watt. This is a 16% reduction over standard rates for solar in the region for 2009 according to data from New Jersey Clean Energy Program.

1BOG selected The Solar Center as campaign partner to service the Northern New Jersey 1BOG community.

“We are excited to work with The Solar Center to use the power of group purchasing to lower the cost of solar for New Jersey’s homeowners,” said 1BOG Co-Founder and General Manager, Dave Llorens. “New Jersey is one of the most solar-friendly states in the US, so it’s a natural location for 1BOG’s flagship East Coast campaign.”

The state of New Jersey provides rebates of up to $1.75 per watt to incent solar purchases. The utilities serving the community also offer programs that help with solar purchases.

PSE&G’s solar loan program can be repaid with solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) generated by the system, and JCP&L and Rockland Electric utilities offer up to 15 year fixed price contracts on SRECs. Finally, a federal tax credit of 30% enables homeowners to purchase solar at affordable rates competitive with the cost of conventional power.

The New Jersey 1BOG program is available now to local homeowners in Sussex, Passaic, Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union and Middlesex counties through April 12, 2010. For more information, details about pricing and products or to sign up, visit the 1BOG Solar North Jersey homepage.