Currently, solar panel installations in the United States are generally regulated at the state, county, and utility level. This means that the rules regulating the installation of solar systems are different in each state and sometimes vary by county. This makes it very important that your system be planned, designed, and installed by an individual that meets your state’s licensing requirements and is fully aware of all permitting requirements and regulations.
This is especially important if receiving your rebates and incentives is conditional upon your system meeting certain requirements. It is important to ask the right questions when looking for an installer.
Questions to Ask a Potential Installer
Be sure that you know:
- The licensing requirements, if any, for installers in your state.
- Accreditation requirements, if any, for solar panels and inverters in your state.
- Equipment standards or certification requirements, if any, in your state.
- Interconnection requirements and who oversees them.
- Requirements, if any, for qualifying for rebates and incentives.
If your state does not have licensing requirements specific to solar system installation it still has requirements for permits and electrical work on your home. In the absence of specific requirements for installers of solar systems in your state, then generally the installation would be governed by general licensing requirements for all electrical work.
The Bottom Line
It’s best to use a professional installer, who knows what he or she is doing and is very familiar with all aspects of planning, designing, installing, activating, and maintaining a solar system. They should also be able to tell you if there are any local utility or county requirements governing your conversion to a solar system. You want someone who can give you definitive answers on all aspects of what is required of you, as well as what rebates and incentives are offered.
Allow one of our knowledgeable, experienced professional installers to help you convert to a solar system. They know what is required in the state in which you reside and are happy to help you understand everything that needs to happen for you to install a great system and start saving money on your utilities. It makes sense to work with people who know what they are doing and look forward to helping you get the best possible deal.