Solar Contractor Licensing (California)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California

Name Solar Contractor Licensing
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing
Applicable Sector Installer/Contractor
Eligible Technologies Passive Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat, Radiant Heat
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs













































Website http://www.cslb.ca.gov/GeneralInformation/Library/LicensingClassifications/
Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2013-07-23



References DSIRE[1]


Summary

The California Contractors State License Board administers contractor licenses. The C-46 Solar Contractor license covers active solar water and space heating systems, solar pool heating systems, and photovoltaic systems. C-46 requirements include four years of experience and passing the business and law exam and the trade exam. Independent license schools offer courses to prepare for license exams.

Other contractor licenses for solar include:

  • A. General Engineering
  • B. General Building
  • C-4. Boiler, Hot Water Heating and Steam Fitting (for solar thermal systems)
  • C-10. Electrical (for photovoltaics only)
  • C-20. Warm-Air, HVAC (HVAC systems that utilize solar energy)
  • C-36. Plumbing (solar thermal systems)
  • C-53. Swimming Pool (for solar pool heating)

Complete descriptions of the contractor classifications are available here.

The state publishes a guide to becoming a California contractor and a reference book for California license law.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name Information Technician - CSLB
Department California Contractors State License Board

Address 9821 Business Park Drive
Address 2 Post Office Box 26000
Place Sacramento, California
Zip/Postal Code 95826
Phone (916) 255-3900
Phone 2 (800) 321-2752


Website http://www.cslb.ca.gov
     
     


















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

References

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