Welcome to The Garden State.
Most people know that New Jersey is the most densely populated state.
Most people know the infamous, “next exit” joke.
Most people can even name at least one famous person from New Jersey (Jon Bon Jovi, The Boss, and Snookie come to mind).
What most people DON’T know is that New Jersey is second in the nation in terms of the total number of homes and businesses with solar panels installed In addition, New Jersey became the second state to install over 100 MW in a single year (2010). The state that consistently tops New Jersey is California, but they are giving us a solid run for our money. We’re glad they are, because the average retail price of electricity in NJ is over 16 cents/kWh which is one of the highest rates in the country. Yikes! Talk about a state that needs more distributed generation!
In short, New Jersey loves solar. We, in turn, love New Jersey. Our Rolling Rooftop Revolution sashayed into New Jersey last week, which was a homecoming of sorts since our lovely solar-powered ice pop truck was born there. We spent the week showcasing solar and slinging free ice pops all over the Gateway region of the state. Our events included:
- Cooling down cinema buffs in Hoboken at Movies Under the Stars
- Watching the Newark Bears take on the Quebec Capitales.
- Meeting foodies and small farmers at farmers markets in Morristown and Highland Park
- Co-hosting a block party for new customers in Rockaway
We have one more week in New Jersey, and provided that Mother Nature doesn’t decide to completely rain us out, we will be visiting Princeton, Bradley Beach, Point Pleasant, Asbury Park, Belmar, Cranbury, Cinnaminson, and Livingston just to name a few.
Hand in hand with Garden State homeowners we are making Dirty Jersey a whole lot Cleaner via the power of renewable energy.
And that, my friends, is something worth cracking open a Hibiscus Mint ice pop for!