Pick a residential street in Woodbridge and drive along. It won't be long before a house is spotted with solar panels on its' roof. Look around longer, another house. Turn the corner, three more houses. The amount of private residences with solar panels on their property is increasing and its making everyone happy including PSE&G.
There are many companies around New Jersey that focus on solar energy systems. Each system that the companies install is custom built for the roof of the house or garage, with each system having a different amount of solar panels, but all having the same three basic components: panels themselves, inverters, and a utility meter.
The panels absorb sunlight to make DC electricity, which the inverter converts to AC electricity which the electricity that makes appliances run. If the system produces more electricity than the home uses then the meter spins backwards as a credit on the electric bill, pretty much selling the excess electricity to the electric company.
With these solar systems, each homeowner that has one installed has become semi-self-sufficient when it comes to electricity. Since this is solar power, electricity is only made during daylight hours.At night the homes use the stored electricity from the daytime production. When and if that's all used up, the system turns itself off, and switches the home back to the normal power grid, and turns back on when the sun comes out the next day.
Homeowners, especially in Woodbridge, are quickly jumping at this scenario, and New Jersey is helping with the jump. The state has created the New Jersey Clean Energy Program which explains solar power and ways to find a contractor to install a system on their home. New Jersey has even gone as far as offering rebates, making these systems affordable and having them pay for themselves within months.