Over a hundred New Jersey businesses are partnering to grow and expand the state's clean energy economy. 

The newly formed "New Jersey Business Council for Clean Energy" is a non-partisan network of businesses and business leaders committed to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency in the state.

"Surviving in this current economy is all about identifying the next big thing and positioning the state to benefit financially", said co-executive director Mike Torphey.

According to a national study, New Jersey's clean energy economy ranks eighth in the nation and is second only to California in installed solar capacity.

The NJ Business Council members represent a broad cross section of the state's economy, including energy efficiency contractors, engineering firms, renewable energy companies, and others.

"Clean energy is a multi-billion dollar industry and our members agree that New Jersey is well-placed to be a clean energy leader in the region and the nation" said co-executive director Rich Gannon.

Gannon said the goal is to attract investment in clean energy, create new jobs and build a solid market for new products and services.

"One of our first initiatives will be to do a company survey to find out what problems our members are encountering in terms of policies and how we can work with the legislature to improve them."