On March 31, 2009, Governor Jon Corzine signed into law new legislation known as the Residential Development Solar Energy Systems Act. (P.L. 2009, c.33) codified at N.J.S.A. 52:27D-141.1, et seq.. The Act requires developers of residential developments containing 25 or more single-family dwelling units to disclose in advertising and offer to install solar energy systems. The act requires the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in consultation with the Board of Public Utilities to adopt regulations respecting the technical sufficiency of solar energy systems to be installed pursuant the act and prescribes certain minimum standards. For example, a solar energy system installed under the act shall have components that are new and shall have a manufacturer’s warranty of not less than 10 years.
Although the Residential Development Solar Energy Systems Act became effective immediately, in actuality, it shall apply only to dwelling units that have received a construction permit on or after the 90th day following the DCA’s promulgation of the aforesaid technical sufficiency regulations for solar energy systems.