Why New Jersey Doesn’t Stink
January 1, 2012 § 1 Comment
I am a New Yorker, born and raised, so obviously I was taught from a very early age that “Jersey Stinks” – literally and metaphorically. However, I must tell you that “the Garden State” really does seem to live up to its name. I spent New Years Even with some friends in Jersey, and I was truly impressed by what I saw.
On my drive down, I discovered something quite amazing. On almost every telephone pole, street lamp, etc., there was a solar panel.
Why are these panels there? New Jersey has a ten-year plan to eventually get 23% of their energy from clean, renewable sources. An admirable, if not a slightly ambitious goal, though quite possible. Other states should take a look at Jersey’s progress and design similar programs.
How doe Jersey-ites feel about these panels? There’s been some dissent from some suburban residents, but nothing too bad. They find that the panels are “hideous” and often incorrectly claim that they are ineffective when spread out (it makes no difference) (via PopSci). Overall it seems, however, that most residents appreciate the attempt for cleaner, greener energy.
For more info on NJ’s plans for green energy and the environment, check out this website.
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