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Date: 12/07/2022 609-900-5626


NJBPU Establishes Competitive Grid Scale Solar Program



Trenton, NJ—The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) today established the Competitive Solar Incentive (CSI) Program, a new program designed to encourage grid scale solar generation in New Jersey. CSI is a key part of the State’s Successor Solar Incentive initiative (SuSI), which was enacted by the Board in 2021, and is expected to significantly increase the State’s Solar program at a lower cost for ratepayers.


The new CSI program has a goal of incentivizing at least 300 MW of solar annually until 2026. The CSI program will primarily cover large projects, including all types of grid supply projects and net-metered, non-residential projects greater than 5 MW.


“The CSI program is a vital component of our new SuSI program and will play a major part in helping us meet our solar goals while decreasing costs to ratepayers,” said NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “Our growing solar program, which not only includes CSI and ADI but also Community Solar, is one of the core programs in achieving Governor Murphy’s goal of a 100 percent clean energy future.”


In addition to CSI, the SuSI program consists of the Administratively Determined Incentive (ADI) Program, which has been open for registrations since the beginning of the SuSI program on August 28, 2021. The ADI program set incentives for net-metered residential projects, net-metered non-residential projects of 5 MW or less, and Community Solar projects.


The CSI program is designed to provide maximum benefit to ratepayers at the lowest cost; support the continued growth of the solar industry; meet Governor Murphy’s commitment to 50 percent class I RECs by 2030 and 100 percent clean energy by 2050; provide insight and information to stakeholders through a transparent process for developing New Jersey’s long-term solar incentive program; and fully comply with the Solar Act of 2021.


The new program structure has separate categories, or tranches, to ensure that a range of solar project types, including those on preferred sites, are able to participate despite potentially different project cost profiles. The Board has approved four tranches for grid supply and large net metered solar and an additional fifth tranche for storage in combination with grid supply solar.  The tranches and initial annual procurement targets are given below.




Open to

Procurement Target (MW)

Tranche 1 

Basic Grid Supply

140 MW

Tranche 2

Grid Supply on the Built Environment

80 MW

Tranche 3

Grid Supply on Contaminated Sites and Landfills

40 MW

Tranche 4

Net metered non-residential Installations larger than 5 MW

40 MW

Tranche 5

Storage paired with Grid Supply Solar

160 MWh


After receiving an award in the solicitation, CSI projects will have three years to come on-line. 


The CSI Program design has siting requirements that apply to all projects eligible for the CSI Program, regardless of whether they actually seek an incentive.  These siting requirements follow stipulations laid out in the Solar Act of 2021 and establish construction requirements designed to uphold the mandate to “minimize, as much as is practicable, potential adverse environmental impacts.”


Solicitations will take place annually, and all projects that meet pre-qualification requirements will compete on price only.  The first solicitation is scheduled to take place early 2023, with bids due on March 31, 2023.


For full details please see the Board Order.

About the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU)

NJBPU is a state agency and regulatory authority mandated to ensure safe, adequate and proper utility services at reasonable rates for New Jersey customers. Critical services regulated by NJBPU include natural gas, electricity, water, wastewater, telecommunications and cable television. The Board has general oversight and responsibility for monitoring utility service, responding to consumer complaints, and investigating utility accidents. To find out more about NJBPU, visit our website at  




About New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP)

NJCEP, established on January 22, 2003, in accordance with the Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act (EDECA), provides financial and other incentives to the State's residential customers, businesses and schools that install high-efficiency or renewable energy technologies, thereby reducing energy usage, lowering customers' energy bills and reducing environmental impacts. The program is authorized and overseen by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), and its website is