Minnesota - Requirements for Solar Power Installation
Minnesota 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 Minnesota
Minnesota 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 Minnesota. However specific utilities rebates programs do specify that electrical contractors are certified solar installers through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. It is therefore important to check the requirements of your local Utility.
Equipment Standards or Certification
Minnesota has specific standards that solar power equipment must comply with, if the customer is going to participate in the various Utilities rebates programs. Equipment must be new and have a minimum five-year warranty; Inverters must be UL-1741 certified Minnesota Made Bonus: Systems must be manufactured in Minnesota; if you are considering this program you should have a look at the Minnesota state government website.
Interconnection Regulations (small generator)
Minnesota has interconnection regulations. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) adopted generic standards for utility tariffs for interconnection and the operation of distributed-generation facilities up to 10 megawatts (MW) in capacity. The PUC has developed streamlined uniform interconnection applications and a process that addresses safety, economics and reliability issues. Those looking at solar power systems should take a look at the PUC's website.