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February 03, 2022

New Jersey Solar-Ready Requirement Takes Effect July 1, 2022 For Warehouse Development

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Key Takeaways

  • Requirements apply to new warehouses of at least 100,000 square feet where construction permits have not been declared complete by the enforcing agency as of July 1, 2022.
  • To comply, a warehouse must set aside at least 40 percent of its roof area for the future installation of a solar photovoltaic or solar thermal system.
  • Rules and regulations establishing standards for the design and construction of solar-ready buildings will be forthcoming from NJ’s Department of Community Affairs.

Starting on July 1, 2022, new warehouses developed in New Jersey will be required to be "solar-ready". 

What You Need to Know:

  •  Requirements apply to new warehouses of at least 100,000 square feet where construction permits have not been declared complete by the enforcing agency as of July 1, 2022.
  • To comply, a warehouse must set aside at least 40 percent of its roof area for the future installation of a solar photovoltaic or solar thermal system
  • Rules and regulations establishing standards for the design and construction of solar-ready buildings will be forthcoming from NJ's Department of Community Affairs.

In November 2021, Governor Murphy signed Assembly Bill A3352 requiring certain newly constructed warehouses to be solar-ready buildings.  Specifically, all new warehouses 100,000 square feet or greater must reserve at least 40 percent of the roof area for the future installation of a photovoltaic or solar thermal system. The solar-ready requirement will apply to any newly constructed warehouse for which an application for a construction permit has not been declared complete by the enforcing agency before July 1, 2022. The new law directs the Department of Community Affairs to adopt rules and regulations establishing standards for the design and construction of solar-ready buildings.

If you have any questions as to how the new laws will impact your development project, please contact Melissa A. Clarke or Benjamin A. Nadell.

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