New Jersey gets bad wrap about a lotof things. All those turnpike exits, and that glorious smell as you gopast the oil refineries in the Northern part of the state. But onething you can’t fault the garden state is Solar. In fact, New Jersey isat the top of our 2009 Solar Report Card. It got an A, and here’s why:
- It’s got net metering with easy interconnection standards (Little hassle and red tape.)
- It’s got a great rebates and incentives, including a very generousSolar Renewable Energy Certificate (SREC) program that PAYS you forgenerating your solar power.
Bottom line, for an average size 5Kw system for someone with a $100/month electric bill before solar:
- Cost Before Incentives: $35,000 (5000watts x $7/watt installed) (Don’t panic!)
- State Rebate: subtract $8,750
- SREC value: subtract about $3400/year for 2009 (probably less as years go by)
- 30% Federal tax credit: subtract $7875 (calculated after State rebate)
- Years to Payback: 8-9 years, depending on SREC value.
Estimated NET cost: $ 14,975
Oh, yeah. This helps too:
- Greenhouse Gas (CO2) Saved: 9618lbs/year, or like not driving 11,500 miles a year.
- New monthly electric bill (first year): About $13/month.
Check out the more detailed explanation of New Jersey’s solar rebates and incentives.Or, if you just want to see what it will cost you and your family, justfill out our form, and we’ll set you up with a free quote.
Feel great about yourself, Solar People of New Jersey. You Rock!