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How to become a licensed Solar Installer in the USA

Use this handy guide to navigate state-by-state licensure requirements and become a licensed solar installer in America

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The solar industry in the USA is fragmented and developing.

Because solar licensing is governed by state, solar installation contractors are geographically bound and must register themselves in new states when they work. This is further complicated by reciprocity agreements where a solar contractor who is licensed in one state can also carry out installations in another. For example, licenced contractors in California, can also work in in Utah and Nevada.

Accreditation is governed nationally and is usually optional, although it may be a licensing requirement in some states. NABCEP oversees accreditation and charges applicants a flat $500 across all states consisting of a $125 application and $375 examination fee.

To make it easier for you to get your solar installation license and start your solar business, we have outlined NABCEP and State-wide licensing requirements for the top 10 states by solar output.

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This guide has been assembled with the help of IREC

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