Tennessee Solar Panel Installation Specialty and Solar Thermal-Geothermal Licensing (Tennessee)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Tennessee

Name Tennessee Solar Panel Installation Specialty and Solar Thermal-Geothermal Licensing
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing
Applicable Sector Installer/Contractor
Eligible Technologies Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps
Active Incentive No

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Website http://tn.gov/commerce/boards/contractors/contractor.shtml
Date added to DSIRE 2010-06-23
Last DSIRE Review 2010-08-24

References DSIRE[1]


In Tennessee, the Board for Licensing Contractors may assign the specialty license designation "S-Solar Panel Installations" to licensed contractors, plumbers, and electricians. A building contractor (license BC, BC-B) or a electrical contractor (license CE) may both receive this designation to install panels, but only a licensed electrical contractor may actually make the electrical connections. There is no specialty exam associated with this designation (which is added to the license), other than the "Business and Law" exam in addition to the relevant contract exam.

Solar hot water installers with the plumber's license (CMC, CMC-A) will also receive the S-Solar Panel Installations specialty. Solar thermal or geothermal installers related to heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) are required to have the CMC-C license. Geothermal contractors that drill wells will also need a Geothermal Well Driller License from the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Building Construction Info
Department Department of Commerce and Insurance
Division Board for Licensing Contractors
Address 500 James Robertson Parkway

Place Nashville, Tennessee
Zip/Postal Code 37243-1150
Phone (615) 741-8307

Email Contractors.Home-Improvement@TN.Gov
Website http://tn.gov/commerce/boards/contractors/index.shtml

  • 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)"