Solar Contractor Licensing

Program Solar Contractor Licensing
Category Regulatory Policy
Implementing sector State
Last Update
State Florida
Technologies Solar - Passive, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Photovoltaics

Until 1994, Florida offered limited specialty licenses for residential solar hot water and pool heating, as well a general solar contractor's license. These specialty licenses have not been issued since that time (namely solar thermal), although people holding these licenses may renew them.

The new solar contractor license defines a broader scope of work. With the new license, solar contractors have the authority to install, maintain and repair solar hot water systems, solar pool heating systems and photovoltaic systems in residential, commercial and industrial facilities for compensation. To qualify for a license, installers must have four years of experience, which may include both installation and education and at least one year of experience must be in a supervisory role. An individual must also pass an examination to become certified as a solar contractor.

Electrical contractors are also authorized to install PV systems, but may be required to subcontract roofing work if the local building department so requires

More information about licensing qualifications can be found on the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association web site and on the Interstate Renewable Energy Council website.

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