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Mississippi - Requirements for Solar Power Installation
Mississippi 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 panel 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 your local solar power professionals.
Licensing requirements for Solar Installers in Mississippi
Mississippi 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
Mississippi has specific standards that solar power equipment must comply with, if the customer is going to participate in the various Utilities rebates programs. All equipment must be in compliance with environmental regulations and national standards, certified by a licensed electrician, and meet all applicable codes. Systems must be dual-metered, have an external disconnect switch, be grid-tied, and be validated under an interconnection agreement.
Interconnection Regulations (small generator)
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted "small generator" interconnection standards for distributed energy resources up to 20 megawatts (MW) in capacity. FERC's standards generally do not apply to distribution-level interconnection, which is regulated by state public utilities commissions. However, the FERC has noted that its interconnection standards for small generators should serve as a useful model for state-level standards. Basically there is a simplified process in place to get your system connected to the grid if your system is 10kW or less. If you want a system over 10kW you will have to deal with a more complex process in order to get your system connected to the grid. You should always check with your electricity Utility as to their rules and regulations.