Wind and solar power

Bills to expand wind energy zones in New Jersey and to encourage more use of solar energy, and to change how it is subsidized, are up for consideration by the state Legislature Jan. 4, 2018. This file photo shows wind turbines and solar panels at the ACUA Wastewater Treatment Facility in Atlantic City in 2015.

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The state Board of Public Utilities is holding public hearings on the solar energy market in the state and how it should be managed in the future.

The local meeting will be 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the board room at Stockton University.

“New Jersey’s solar program has been highly successful,” BPU President Richard S. Mroz said in announcing a review period of the industry in September. “We are fourth in the nation in the cumulative amount of installed solar capacity with 94 percent of all solar projects and solar capacity developed during Governor Christie’s term in office.”

In September, the BPU announced the solar industry in New Jersey had surpassed 80,000 completed solar projects, providing more than 2.25 gigawatts of solar generation capacity.

But significant changes in technology and installation practices, economics and the financial models of the solar industry have made a review necessary, the board said then.

For more information, visit njcleanenergy.com/renewable-energy/ program-updates-and-background-information /solar-proceedings.

— Michelle Brunetti Post

In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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