General Information
General Information
Historic Preservation Commission
Secretary
Judy Decker
Historic Preservation Commission
Compliance Officer
Bruce Britton
Planning Board/Zoning Board
Board Secretary
Karen Keenan
Shade Tree
Secretary
Connie Anderson
Environmental Commission
Secretary
Meryl Nelson
Location
643 Washington Street
Cape May,
NJ
08204

Community Solar

Community Solar for Cape May City Residents

Have you been interested in going solar, but have not been able to? Cape May City residents are now able to participate in the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ new clean energy program: community solar. The program is designed so that everyone can access the great benefits of solar energy, regardless of housing or financial situation. Rather than placing solar panels on your roof, you subscribe to a large solar array located locally.


Expand questions below to learn more and subscribe to the projects that serve our residents! 

 

What is Community Solar?

Community Solar is a New Jersey Clean Energy Program overseen by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The program’s goals are to reduce the traditional barriers to renewable energy access and lower energy costs for any New Jersey resident including renters and homeowners.


A Community Solar project is a solar array whose energy generation is divided among multiple participating subscribers. Community solar subscribers sign up to power their home from electricity delivered through the utility and generated by a solar installation that is located near, but not on, the subscriber’s own property. As a subscriber, you will receive a dollar credit on your utility bill for the portion of power generated by the array on your behalf. Subscribers pay for the solar energy at a discounted cost (refer to the projects and their discount levels). Community solar projects must be approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. 


Enrolling in this program does not change your utility provider: Atlantic City Electric 

 

Why subscribe and who can participate?

The benefits of subscribing to a Community Solar project are two-fold: you’ll save money and will be supporting New Jersey’s transition to cleaner energy. 

This is an ideal opportunity for renters, homeowners with shaded roofs, people who live in high rises, or anyone else that is unable to install their own solar array to participate and benefit from the generation of renewable energy. If you pay an energy bill and live in a community solar powered community like Cape May City, you can enroll.


How does it work?


  1. A community solar project delivers energy from the panels located remotely in the community, like on a commercial rooftop, landfill, or parking lot canopy, to the local power grid. 
  2. Your household can subscribe to a project within your utility area for the amount of electricity your home uses.
  3. You will receive a credit on your bill to reflect discounted solar energy from the array’s generated energy (view the sample bill for the project you want to subscribe to).


How do I save money?
As a subscriber you save money by receiving solar bill credits to offset your payment to the utility and then you pay the community solar developer for those credits at a discount (i.e. in projects where you have a 25% discount, for every $1.00 solar credit applied to your bill, you only pay the developer $0.75)


What projects are supported by Cape May City and available to residents?

Capacity for a community solar project is limited and available on a first come first served basis.   

Projects[DR1] 

Discount Level

Enrollment Link

USE 

Code

Project Specific FAQ

Sample Bill

Solar Landscape

25%

www.SolarLandscape.com

CAPEMAYCITY

Cape May City GT Flyer

Community Solar Flyer

Sample Summary Billing  

Sample Bill

*LMI refers to Low-to-Moderate Income communities. Households with a combined income that qualifies as low-to-moderate; 
Residents of affordable housing who pay their own energy bill including recipients of Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program; 

OR Recipients of government assistance programs such as SNAP, LIHEAP, USF, LIFELINE, etc.


Sustainable Jersey’s Project Finder lists projects and standard discount levels available to residents and is searchable by zip code.

About Our Listed Community Solar Developers 

Solar Landscape:

  • Solar Landscape is a New Jersey based community solar developer that’s received several recognitions:
    • 2022 Inclusive Solar Outreach Award from the U.S. Department of Energy
    • Sustainable Jersey 2022 Sustainable Business Leadership Award 
    • 2021 New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for Climate Change & Clean Air
    • 2021 and 2022 Top National Community Solar Project in Solar Builder’s 2021 Project of the Year
  • Solar Landscape offers free solar energy job training.

Capacity for any given community solar project is limited and available on a first come first served basis.

What is considered LMI or Low to Moderate Income?

As part of this state program, each project must reserve at least 51% of its project capacity to Low to moderate income households (LMI). This rule ensures a just clean energy transition for all communities giving LMI communities time and space to participate in a project. 


LMI refers to households with a combined income that qualifies as low-to-moderate; Residents of affordable housing who pay their own energy bill including recipients of Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program; OR Recipients of government assistance programs such as SNAP, LIHEAP, USF, LIFELINE, etc. 


The chart below will help give you an impression to see if you qualify as an LMI subscriber:


   LMI Data Source HUD Income Limits Documentation Center


Are there any fees or credit requirements necessary to participate?

There are no sign up, cancellation fees, or credit requirements associated with the projects Cape May City supports. The subscriber only pays for the discounted solar credits allocated to their electric account.

 
How do I enroll?

You can use the enrollment link listed in the table above to enroll into a project. You will need to provide your utility information (online username/password for your electric account or an account number depending on the project), a form of payment, and basic account information to enroll. 


Do I need to put anything up on my roof?

No! That's the beauty of Community Solar: you get all the benefits of clean energy without installing anything at your home. The energy produced by a project is sent to Atlantic City Electric and distributed across the energy grid, with the lower cost energy being attributed to the Community Solar subscriber.


How do I pay my energy bills?

Refer to the sample bill of the project you’re interested in enrolling with.

 

Summary Bill: Some developers like Solar Landscape and subscriber management companies like Arcadia are providing a one summary bill experience where the subscriber provide access to their account with Atlantic City Electric. They pay Arcadia, who coordinates secure payment of the regular bill minus the discount and provides the subscriber with a summarized bill. This option is only available with automatic payments and helps align the timing of the subscriber experience.


What do I do in case of a power outage? Are you replacing my utility company?

Even if you participate in a Community Solar project, Atlantic City Electric will still provide electric delivery service, and will still be responsible for service reliability and restoration. If the lights go out, you should call Atlantic City Electric.


What if I move or want to leave the project?

No problem, contact your community solar project if you’d like to consider moving your community solar subscription to a new location. You can also leave the project at any time, with no penalties or fees.


Cape May City’s Support of Community Solar

Cape May City is excited to support New Jersey’s Community Solar Program. Cape May City has passed a resolution (69-02-2024) to provide outreach support to community solar projects that provide the following benefits to the community:

  • At least 51% of the overall solar generation of the project is reserved for low-and moderate-income residents
  • A discount of at least 15% on the electricity from the community solar project for Cape May City residents qualify as low-to-moderate income
  • No fee escalators or cancellation fees
  • Provide additional benefits to the community through free job training opportunities


Additional questions?
Contact our representatives from each community solar project listed below: 
- Gina Viasus, Solar Landscape, gina@solarlandscape.com, 848-217-0207