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Hawaii

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Solar Contractor Licensing   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/20/2012
Program Overview:
State: Hawaii
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Installer/Contractor
Web Site: http://hawaii.gov/dcca/pvl/boards/contractor/
Authority 1:
HAR §16-77-32 et seq.
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
HRS §444-7
1959, subsequently amended
Summary:

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:
  Public Information - HDCCA
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Professional and Vocational Licensing Division
Kamamalu Building, 1010 Richards Street
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Phone: (808) 586-3000
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