The Future of New Jersey’s Solar Market; Washington State’s Solar Production Incentive

As the popularity of solar grows in the U.S., more states are adopting programs to encourage deployment of photovoltaics. While these programs are very positive for the U.S. solar industry, they can also be confusing and hard to understand for many people. We do our best to provide information on all the scattered programs around the country and this week we’ve got a report on two very important solar markets—New Jersey and Washington State.

The New Jersey solar industry has experienced quite a bit of turmoil over the last 18 months. As applications for up-front rebates have piled up in a queue at the Board of Public Utilities (BPU), solar businesses have been unable to develop new projects, causing the market to stall. Now the BPU and the solar business community are working together to move beyond up-front rebates, get projects moving again and put the industry back on its feet. We’ll have a report on the state’s progress.

Also, Washington State’s production incentive for photovoltaics is having a positive impact on the solar industry. We’ll talk with Northwest Solar Center Director Mike Nelson about how the incentive works and how it compares with others in the U.S.

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