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North Jersey


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Program Summary

Are you interested in learning if Solar or Wind Energy Installations
are right for your farm or rural business?

Local non-profit North Jersey RC&D has received funding from USDA to provide farms and rural businesses* in northern New Jersey a renewable energy assessment. The program uses only your utility bills, satellite imagery, and weather data (no site visit) to create a renewable energy assessment.


Our program partner, EnSave, will work with farmers and rural businesses to answer any technical questions, help determine the appropriate renewable energy project, and ultimately develop a renewable energy assessment report so that applicants can move forward with confidence. EnSave is an independent third-party qualified consultant with over 30 years of serving agriculture and rural communities with their energy needs.

What is part of the renewable energy assessment: 

Renewable Energy Options

Report will outline the type and size of renewable energy installation that is possible on your farm or business site.

Customized Resource Assessment 

The report provides an estimate of expected energy generation options given site conditions and climate. 

Customized Economic Assessment

For selected project, report will include installation will cost, how much your energy costs should be reduced, and how much income can be earned if your selected project is installed at your site

Information about Funding Opportunities  

Next steps will be outlined for applying to get funding to install your renewable energy project through the USDA Rural Development Renewable Energy for America Project, referred to as REAP


sign up 

We received another grant so we can offer more consultations and assessments! For this 2023 round, 15-20 farms and rural businesses will be able to participate in this program, and acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up now to reserve your spot and EnSave will contact you!

How would you describe your operation?

Sheep graze under the 35th Street Solar Array at OSU. (Photo by Mark Floyd, OSU)

who is elIgible


  • Where the intended installation is in Mercer, Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex, Morris, Somerset or Union counties; and

  • At least 50% of gross income is from agricultural operation

rural businesses

  • Where the intended installation is in Mercer, Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex, Morris, Somerset or Union counties; and

  • Business is located in rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more.  See map to check eligibility. 

what is involved

The North Jersey Renewable Energy Development Assistance Program is a simple no-commitment program designed to help farmers and small businesses understand the viability of installing renewable energy projects on their site and learn the pathway to obtain funding for installation.

    Indicate your interest by signing up above; enter your name, address and contact information.

    A representative from Ensave ( program renewable energy consultant) will contact you to ensure you meet program eligibility requirements and answer any questions. The phone conversation takes approximately 30 minutes.

    You will need to provide  12-24 months of utility bills ( electric, gas, oil, etc).  To simplify the process, you can complete a short release form giving permission for EnSave to obtain the information from your utility providers. 

    A renewable energy assessment will be generated outlining  options and associated costs and potential savings.  Experts will  be available to answer any questions you have about the report. 

    If you are interested in installing a renewable energy system, opportunities for applying for federal funding will be discussed.


Program is funded by a USDA Rural Development grant awarded to North Jersey RC&D to support small-scale implementation of renewable energy.


Assessment will be based on satellite imagery, regional weather, and your utility bills.  There is no on-site evaluation.


This program is designed to give you the information you need to make an informed decision.  This federally funded program is not tied to any specific vendors.


Participants can expect to spend 30 minutes on the phone and will need to submit 12-24 months of utility bills.  Typically, participants can complete a short form release to simplify the process of obtaining utility bills.

What is Involved

renewable energy sessions

There is increased investment (up to 50% project cost) for renewable energy projects under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) through USDA Rural Development. Join us on Monday, November 13th at one of two sessions to learn from technical consultant, EnSave, about updates to REAP and no-cost renewable energy assessments for farms and businesses.


Series Dates: 

Date: Monday November 13, 2023, 1-2pm

Location: Warren County Habitat for Humanity

Date: Monday November 13, 2023, 7-8pm

Location: Hunterdon County Library

Register via links or below.

Recorded Lunch and Learns:

1) February 10 2023: Update on Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) - Increased Funding and Deadlines 

2) February 24 2023: Solar Energy for Your Preserved Farm (Including guest presenter Chuck Roohr, SADC)

3) March 3 2023: Potential for Agrivoltaics = Solar + Agriculture 


View a Recording of the Educational Webinar


have questions?

Contact us:

 Laura Tessieri, North Jersey RC&D 908-574-5368

Margaret Lee, EnSave 800-732-1399

Frank Pinto, Pinto Consulting, LLC 908-303-2059 

Watch the Recorded 2021 Informational Webinar:

North Jersey RC&D hosted an educational webinar with renewable energy experts from EnSave and representatives from NJ SADC.     Topics included:

  • Agrivoltaics: co-developing the same area of land for both solar photovoltaic power as well as for agriculture.

  • Photovoltaic systems that are compatible with and synergistic to NRCS conservation practices 

  • Considerations for solar on preserved farms (SADC)

  • Other on-farm energy solutions including mini-wind turbines, solar thermal systems, and heat pumps.

  • No-cost renewable energy assessments.

  • Specifics on funding opportunities (including REAP) supporting the installation of renewable energy technologies and how farmers and rural small businesses can apply.

The webinar was held July 1, 2021 from 11:30 to 12:30.

A recording of the webinar is available at:

Slides are available: 


The program is funded by a Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant.  This program assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA).

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