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Solar is Deemed as ‘Essential’

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With coronavirus still being an imminent threat to the public, solar projects are being deemed as essential jobs.

Under Governor Murphy’s Executive order, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) announced that the state considers solar projects “essential construction projects.”

Under Executive Order 122, “utility projects, including those necessary for energy and electricity production and transmission and any decommissioning of facilities used for electricity generation”

may continue under this state of emergency.

The Board clarified that solar projects fall within these parameters and are necessary for energy and electricity production. This means that all new and ongoing solar construction, including both commercial and residential projects, can move forward.

The President of the NJBPU Joseph Fiordaliso stated

Solar is a critical and growing contributor to energy, notably clean energy, in the state, and energy provision is an essential service. To eliminate any confusion, as some projects were continuing during this period and some were not, NJBPU is clarifying that all solar projects can move forward during this time.

This is great news for essential workers in solar construction and for the homeowners as well as tough financial times are ahead.