Arkansas State Rules and regulations regarding Solar Power Installations
The licensing of solar installers and solar panelinstallations are different from state to state and even county to county, but they generally cover these three things;
- Interconnection Regulations
- Licensing and or qualifications of Solar Installers
- Equipment Standards or Certification
Arkansas has no specific licensing requirements for those wishing to install solar power systems except for the fact that the installation of solar power is considered electrical work and so normal state based licensing would require that the installer be a licensed electrical contractor in Arkansas. Also there is no specific state wide standard for solar power equipment in Arkansas but equipment would need to meet general requirements for electrical equipment in that state. Most states that have no standards rely on the California Energy Commissions approved products list. However, utilities and counties may have their own standards for equipment that they require and so it would be prudent for you to first check with your local electricity utility before purchasing any equipment. Alternatively, if you request quotes from local installers through this site they will be able to advise you of any applicable local equipment standards.
Interconnection Standards or Regulations
Solar power systems must meet all performance standards established by local and national electric codes, including the National Electric Code (NEC), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). In addition, utilities may require facilities to meet any other safety and performance standards approved by the PSC. Customers must pay any equipment costs, including those necessary to fulfill safety standards. The PSC's rules require mutual indemnification, but do not address insurance requirements. Utilities must use a PSC-approved standard interconnection agreement for interconnected facilities. Arkansas requires customers to install an external disconnect switch, but this may be waived if the customer meets certain conditions. First, the customer's inverter must be designed to shut down or disconnect in the event that utility service is lost. This cannot be manually overridden by the customer. The inverter also must be warranted by the manufacturer to shut down or disconnect upon utility service loss. Finally, the inverter must be properly installed and operated, and may need to be inspected or tested by the utility.