Solar Contractor Licensing (Hawaii)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
Rules Regulations Policies Program
|Name||Solar Contractor Licensing|
|Incentive Type||Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing|
|Eligible Technologies||Photovoltaics, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Date added to DSIRE||2000-01-01|
|Last DSIRE Review||2012-08-20|
Hawaii offers several specialty licenses for solar contractors through Hawaii’s Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. The following specialty licenses are available: Solar Power Systems Contractor (C-60); Solar Energy Systems Contractor (C-61); Solar Hot Water Systems Contractor (C-61a); and Solar Heating and Cooling Systems Contractor (C-61b). These licenses require business and trade exams plus four years of experience. An Electrical Contractor (C-13) license is required to install photovoltaic systems other than low voltage DC wiring and it includes the work of the C-60 solar power systems contractor. Plumbing contractors (C-37) are also allowed to install solar hot water heating systems.
Note that a Solar Contractor’s license alone does not permit a contractor to install a complete solar energy system and may require that he or she subcontract with Electrical and/or Plumbing Contractors. General engineering contractors ("A" classification) automatically hold the Solar Energy Systems Contractor (C-61) specialty license without having to take a further exam or pay additional fees. For Photovoltaic (PV) systems other than low voltage DC wiring, a licensed electrician must certify that the system and its connections have been properly installed. Solar Water Heating (SWH) systems require the certification of a licensed plumber and, if the system is connected to a back-up energy supply, a licensed electrician. Electrical and Plumbing Contractors may conversely subcontract with Solar Contractors to install components of PV and SWH systems.
|Contact Name||Public Information - HDCCA|
|Department||Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs|
|Division||Professional and Vocational Licensing Division|
|Address||Kamamalu Building, 1010 Richards Street|
|Address 2||P.O. Box 3469|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||HAR §16-77-32 et seq.|
|Authority 2:||HRS §444-7|
|Date Enacted||1959, subsequently amended|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.