The seven municipalities selected for the Sustainable Jersey Solar Challenge program are: Galloway Township, Highland Park Borough, Hoboken City, Hopewell Township, Maplewood Township, Verona Township and Woodbridge Township. Woodbridge and Highland Park also served as early pilots to fine-tune the program. These municipalities will promote the adoption of solar energy at the community-level and track their impact on the number of new local solar installations.
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The eight-month community-led program leverages an online solar marketplace and a suite of locally-branded social media marketing tools to help spread the word in the community about solar and the program. The Sustainable Jersey Solar Challenge takes advantage of a new online solar marketplace developed by EnergySage with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy. The EnergySage web-based interface offers consumers online comparison-shopping, providing an experience similar to buying an auto online. Because the online solar marketplace is open to all solar vendors who meet the EnergySage vetting criteria, consumers have access to multiple high quality contractors.
The communities selected for the Sustainable Jersey Solar Challenge will receive support from Sustainable Jersey and EnergySage in developing and promoting the outreach campaign and will be featured on the Sustainable Jersey Solar Challenge website, which will track the progress of each community in achieving signed contracts for solar installation by local homeowners and businesses. The participating municipalities will compete for the title of Solar Challenge Champion and a range of awards up to $10,000. The program will run from October 2016 through May 2017.
The Solar Challenge pilot programs and the grants to be distributed to the seven municipalities are funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund.
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