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I've been a business journalist since 1985 when I received an MBA from Penn State. I covered energy, technology, and venture capital for The Philadelphia Business Journal from 1998 through 2013....

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  • Jan 27, 2021

Even in states that largely agree on clean energy's importance, finding places to produce it can trigger battles.

That's the case in New Jersey, where Gov. Phil Murphy's Energy Master Plan for transitioning the Garden State to 100 percent clean energy by 2050 forecasts that 34 percent of the state's power by that year will come from solar generation, up from 5 percent now.

That will require, among other things, utility-scale solar generation and some people are concerned that the nation's most densely populated state doesn't have enough land to support it.

Opposition has particularly cropped up to putting utility-scale solar arrays on farmland, for fear it will hurt New Jersey's agriculture industry, which, in addition to cranberries and blueberries, produces some very tasty tomatoes, corn and peaches.

A campaign director with the New Jersey Conservation Foundation says the state should try to locate solar generation on parking lots; residential, commercial and industrial rooftops; and marginal open spaces.

Maybe it could start by covering the New Jersey Turnpike with solar panels.





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