"Community" solar needs community buy-in, which requires meaningful engagement and partnerships. A successful program will reflect shared goals, values, and priorities. The best programs will include partnerships with local non-profits, cities and townships and community leaders.
A strong community solar program will work in tandem with utility-scale clean energy, electric vehicles, and battery storage to reduce harmful carbon pollution from our electric grid.
The solar industry is adding workers nearly 20 times faster than the overall economy. Solar employment has grown by 86 percent in the past five years.1 A strong community solar program will continue this trend and include a pipeline to well-paying, local jobs.
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As part of New Jersey community solar projects, Solar Landscape will provide classroom and on the job, solar energy career training in partnership with local non-profit organizations.
For allowing the developer to use their roof space or land, the property owner that hosts the community solar project receives a monthly lease payment for the 20-year term of the project.
Solar Landscape will continue to focus on large, flat commercial rooftops to host community solar projects. By using commercial and industrial properties, we preserve local farmland and greenspace, while protecting local ecosystems, and other natural land.
A neighborhood-scale, clean-energy network can support microgrids that can disconnect from the main grid during blackouts to ensure “the lights stay on”. As extreme weather events are becoming more common, community solar paired with microgrids can help protect people from power disruptions.
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Unlike a home solar panel system, a community solar project isn’t installed on your roof. When you purchase electricity from a community solar project, you are subscribing for a portion of the energy generated by a large solar panel system located elsewhere in your area. You will be paying for access to less expensive, clean solar electricity so that you don’t have to buy electricity at standard utility rates.
Community solar provides its subscribers with immediate, pre-determined guaranteed discounts on their electricity bill. The lock in rate helps customers protect against rising energy prices.
Cost and homeownership can act as barriers to solar energy access. Community solar eliminates the need for upfront purchase or financing of a rooftop system. The cost of building a larger, shared regional solar system is borne by solar developers. Residents subscribe to the electricity the project produces absent long-term contracts, credit checks, or other barriers to entry.
Community solar can help avoid and eventually retire, dirty power plants, which spew harmful toxins and air pollution into the air in your community. This is critical because unhealthy, polluted air disproportionally affects low income households.
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As part of our commitment to the New Jersey Community Solar Pilot Program, we provide solar installation training free of cost. Participants can sign-up for our tuition-free training program at various locations throughout New Jersey thanks to our local non-profit partners' network.
Solar provides a pollution-free, affordable energy solution to communities across New Jersey. We want to build a clean-energy workforce in New Jersey that is skilled, knowledgeable, and qualified to build systems that maximize long-term production.
With ongoing demand for solar installations in New Jersey, the need for qualified, trustworthy installers continues to rise. Our job training program is a direct result of this demand and our desire to remain the leader in New Jersey's clean-energy revolution.
Participants who complete our training program will receive ongoing support throughout their careers from Solar Landscape and our program partners. Those interested in growing beyond entry-level positions can take advantage of additional skills training and industry network connections.
We take seriously our responsibility to help educate and train New Jersey’s green energy work force of the future
Classroom training provides an overview of the solar industry in New Jersey and is provided through instruction and Q&A with our executive team and instructors.
Students will experience virtual field trips and gain an understanding of the careers available in green energy.
Solar Installation training is a two-week program delivered with the professional team at the GAF Roofing Academy.
Students will learn commercial roofing and the basics of solar panel installation.
This program provides a more comprehensive and on-going green energy education with a focus on technical and construction related jobs.
Through a series of webinars, virtual field trips, and guest speakers, we will inspire future green energy leaders.
We've trained students from colleges throughout New Jersey, including:
Montclair State University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Raritan Valley Community College
Ramapo College of New Jersey
The College of New Jersey