Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing

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Some states have established a licensing process for solar-energy contractors and/or wind-energy contractors. These requirements are designed to ensure that contractors have the necessary knowledge and experience to install systems properly. Solar licenses typically take the form of either a separate, specialized solar contractor’s license, or a specialty classification under a general electrical or plumbing license. [1]


Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Incentives

Incentive Incentive Type Place Applicable Sector Eligible Technologies Active
Alternative Energy System Contracting (Virginia) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Virginia Installer/Contractor Photovoltaics No
City of Dubuque - Solar Thermal Licensing Requirement Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Iowa Construction
Installer/Contractor
Solar Water Heat Yes
City of Madison - Contractor Licensing (Wisconsin) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Wisconsin Installer/Contractor Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Contractor Licensing (Oregon) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Oregon Installer/Contractor Photovoltaics No
Denver - Solar Contractor Licensing (Colorado) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Colorado Installer/Contractor Solar Water Heat No
Los Angeles - Contractor Licensing (California) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing California Installer/Contractor Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Photovoltaics
No
Puerto Rico - Solar and Wind Contractor Certification (Puerto Rico) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Puerto Rico Installer/Contractor Photovoltaics
Wind
Yes
Renewable Energy Contractor Licensing (Oregon) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Oregon Installer/Contractor Fuel Cells
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Yes
Solar Contractor Licensing (Arizona) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Arizona Installer/Contractor Photovoltaics
Solar Pool Heating
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar Contractor Licensing (California) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing California Installer/Contractor Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Pool Heating
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar Contractor Licensing (Florida) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Florida Installer/Contractor Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar Contractor Licensing (Hawaii) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Hawaii Installer/Contractor Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar Contractor Licensing (Nevada) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Nevada Installer/Contractor Photovoltaics
Solar Pool Heating
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar Contractor Licensing (Rhode Island) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Rhode Island Installer/Contractor Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Process Heat
No
Solar Contractor Licensing (Utah) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Utah Installer/Contractor Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar Contractor Licensing and Training (Maine) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Maine Installer/Contractor Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Photovoltaics
No
Solar Contractor Training Programs (Colorado) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Colorado Installer/Contractor Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Photovoltaics
No
Solar Heating Contractor Licensing (Michigan) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Michigan Installer/Contractor Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Solar Hot Water Contractor Licensing (Arkansas) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Arkansas Installer/Contractor Solar Water Heat Yes
Solar Hot Water Contractor Licensing (Maine) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Maine Installer/Contractor Solar Water Heat Yes
Solar Mechanic Licensing (Arkansas) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Arkansas Installer/Contractor Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
No
Solar and Wind Contractor Licensing (Connecticut) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Connecticut Installer/Contractor Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Small Wind
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Yes
Solar and Wind Contractor Licensing (Louisiana) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Louisiana Installer/Contractor Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
Tennessee Solar Panel Installation Specialty and Solar Thermal-Geothermal Licensing (Tennessee) Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing Tennessee Installer/Contractor Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Ground Source Heat Pumps
No

References

  1. DSIRE Glossary