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First off – the State of New Jersey is going in big on solar+wind+energy storage. If you’re from this state and don’t have solar yet – you’ll soon see financial opportunities to invest. More interestingly though is the nuclear bill – giving a chance for nuclear plants to stay online so they’re not replaced by fossil fuel plants as renewable energy scales. I support this plan, generally. I’d rather nukes than fossils in this interim period.

SOURCEThe two bills will increase the state’s RPS to 50% by 2030, require 5% of electricity to come from behind-the-meter solar by 2021, set a 2 GW energy storage goal and bail out nuclear plants. A 3723 was not the only bill to pass the New Jersey legislature yesterday. S 2313 requires regulators to establish a “zero emissions credit” (ZEC) program to provide financial support to the state’s aging fleet of nuclear power plants.

By John Fitzgerald Weaver

John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer; known digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, valued over $25 million, ranging in size from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain –- as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier. In his free time he tries to get away and clear his mind by climbing mountains, or more regularly by enjoying an IPA or scotch, and really loves the strange connection between politics, energy, finance, and environment in the energy world.

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