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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Solar Contractor Licensing   

Last DSIRE Review: 04/15/2013
Program Overview:
State: Utah
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Installer/Contractor
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Utah Admin Code R156-55a-301
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
S.B. 208

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).

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.

  Public Information - UT DOPL
Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Phone: (801) 530-6628
Phone 2: (866) 275-3675
Fax: (801) 530-6511
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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