Solar Contractor Licensing (Utah)
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 Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat|
|Energy Category||Renewable Energy Incentive Programs|
|Date added to DSIRE||2000-01-01|
|Last DSIRE Review||2013-04-15|
Utah's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing requires installers of solar energy systems to be licensed contractors. General electrical contractors carrying an S200 license are authorized to install solar photovoltaic systems and general plumbing contractors carrying an S210 license are authorized to install solar thermal systems. The Division has also established solar-specific license classifications. License classification S202 is for Solar Photovoltaic Contractors, and S215 is for Solar Thermal Systems Contractors. A Solar Photovoltaic Contractor is licensed for the fabrication, construction, installation, and repair of photovoltaic cell panels and related components including battery storage systems, distribution panels, switch gear, electrical wires, inverters, and other electrical apparatus for solar photovoltaic systems. A Solar Thermal Systems Contractor is licensed for the construction, repair and/or installation of solar thermal systems up to the system shut off valve or where the system interfaces with any other plumbing system.
To become either a S202 or S215 contractor, one must have within the past 10 years a minimum of two years of experience as an employee of a contractor licensed in the license classification applied for, or the substantial equivalent of a contractor licensed in that license classification. Additionally, Solar Photovoltaic Contractors must hold a current certificate by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
Utah previously had just one general S215 Solar Systems Contractor license, which applied to photovoltaic work. Contractors who received a S215 license before the new classification took effect may obtain a S202 Solar Photovoltaic Contractor license by submitting an affidavit demonstrating two years of related experience no later than March 31, 2010.
In 2013, Utah enacted S.B. 208 to exempt certain solar installers from electrician licensure requirements. Contractors who were issued a speciality license for electrical work related to solar PV installation, repair, or maintenance in 2009 through 2011 are not required to obtain an electrician license.
|Contact Name||Public Information - UT DOPL|
|Department||Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing|
|Place||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Phone 2||(866) 275-3675|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||Utah Admin Code R156-55a-301|
|Authority 2:||S.B. 208|
- Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.