Colorado - Requirements for Solar Power Installation
Colorado State licensing requirements for solar power installers and solar power installations
The rules that regulate the installation of solar powersystems are different in each state and even sometimes from county to county. It is important that you are aware of these rules as a potential customer because often it is a condition of receiving rebates and incentives that your system meets these requirements. We have created pages which will help you make sure your installer is properly licensed and assist you to ask your installer the right questions about the system they are proposing to install for you, generally the following needs to be considered;
- Licensing requirements for Solar Installers in each state
- Equipment Standards or Certification
- Interconnection Standards and other requirements
We have done our best to get as much info as we can, as always the people who know the current state of play in your area are you local solar power professionals. At the time of researching this page (May 2012) the Colorado government is currently reviewing several policies including regulation of solar power installers / electrical contractors. The following information was found on the Colorado Government Website and Department of Energy Website.
Licensing requirements for Solar Installers in Colorado
PV and solar water heating systems must be installed by CoSEIA or NABCEP certified installers
Building Energy Code
In Colorado residential solar power installations must conform to; 2003 IECC or any successor edition is the minimum energy code for any jurisdiction that has adopted a building code; can use RES check to show compliance.
Interconnection Regulations (small generator)
In Colorado residential solar power installations must conform to; Colorado's interconnection rules are based on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) interconnection standards for small generators.Colorado's rules for interconnection include provisions for three levels of interconnection for systems up to 10 MW, based on system complexity. Residential solar power installs up to 10kW in size are in level or tier 1
- Level 1 Interconnection applies to inverter-based systems with a maximum nameplate capacity of 10 kilowatts (kW). These systems must comply with the IEEE 1547 and UL 1741 standards, and other applicable standards. Liability insurance with a single occurrence limit of $300,000 is required at the customer's expense.