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Maine - Requirements for Solar Power Installation
Maine State licensing requirements for solar power installers and solar power installations
The rules that regulate the installation of solar power systems 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 solar panelinstaller 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 your local solar power professionals.
Licensing requirements for Solar Installers in Maine
Maine has specific licensing requirements for those wishing to install solar power systems. All installers must be listed on Efficiency Maine Website as a certified Renewable Energy Installer. PV installers must be a Master Electrician's and be NABCEP certified or working with someone who is NABCEP certified.
Interconnection Regulations (small generator)
Maine has a four tiered interconnection system. Residential solar power installations up to 10kW are the first tier and are subjected to a more simplified interconnection process. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) 2006 Model Interconnection Procedures provided the basis for these regulations. Fees for interconnection requests increase with each Level. A Level 1 request must submit $50 fee The PUC specifies that IEEE Standard 1547 ("Standard for Interconnecting Distributed Resources with Electrical Power Systems") or IEEE Standard 929 (for inverters less than 10 kW) and the standard UL 1741 for inverters, converters, and controllers as the technical standards of evaluation. Systems are considered to be certified for interconnection operation if the components have been tested and listed by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) and if they meet the definition of certification under the FERC Order 2006 for Small Generator Interconnection Procedures, according to these standards.