On June 23, 2011, Governor Christie conditionally vetoed Senate bill S2006, recommending that the bill be amended to delete the entirety of Section 1, which includes all the provisions limiting municipal authority over the installation of photovoltaic solar energy systems on residential property, and to include in Section 2, among other things, a definition of a “municipality’s processing costs” and the term “photovoltaic solar panel.”  The Governor’s conditional veto essentially guts the most substantive portions of S2006 and, as such, the fate of this bill is uncertain. Should the Legislature approve the Governor’s recommendations, the watered-down version of S2006 will do little to facilitate the installation of solar facilities on residential properties and our elected officials will have squandered a golden opportunity to encourage New Jersey homeowners to use renewable energy resources and promote the goals of the Energy Master Plan.