Amid much debate, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has decided to push forward with state-wide budget cuts. What does this mean for the state’s once-booming solar power industry? That remains to be seen.
New Jersey is currently the second highest supplier of solar energy in the country (California is number-one), and it was only a year ago that they were setting impressive goals—like the manufacturing of enough power from solar to rival five nuclear plants.
State residents applauded the prospect of renewable energy gains, as they are also paying some of the highest rates for electricity in the country.
There is now pressure from all sides to keep the existing photovoltaic systems up and running, as well as to continue the progress of the past year. Many believe this will only happen if state subsidies are extended.
For now, the future of New Jersey’s solar program is up in the air. Here’s to hoping it continues full force ahead.
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