Alternative Energy System Contracting (Virginia)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Virginia

Name Alternative Energy System Contracting
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing
Applicable Sector Installer/Contractor
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2010-06-23
Last DSIRE Review 2010-06-23

References DSIRE[1]


In Virginia, licensed contractors (Class A, B, C) may declare a specialty called a "Alternative Energy System Contracting (AES)" as defined by the Board for Contractors. The AES is not a license.

The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) defines the AES specialty as a "service which provides for the installation, repair or improvement, from the customer's meter, of alternative energy generation systems, supplemental energy systems and associated equipment annexed to real property. No other classification or specialty service provides this function. This specialty does not provide for electrical, plumbing, gas fitting, or HVAC functions."

There is no related exam to receive an AES designation. An electrical license (for photovoltaic systems) or a plumbers license or HVAC license (for solar hot water systems) is required. Customers interested in installing a system should check their contractors licensing on the DPOR License Lookup web site (select "Contractor Businesses" and "Individual Licenses and Certifications" and enter the company name).

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 18 VAC 50-22-30

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Information AES Special License
Department Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Division Board of Contractors
Address 9960 Mayland Drive
Address 2 Suite 400
Place Richmond, Virginia
Zip/Postal Code 23230
Phone (804) 367-8511



  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"