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Montana - Requirements for Solar Power Installation
Montana 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 Montana
Montana 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 Montana. However if a customer is wanting to participate in the NorthWestern Energy Utilities grant program the solar installation must be done by a NorthWestern Energy qualified dealer or installer.
Equipment Standards or Certification
Montana has specific standards that solar power equipment must comply with, if the customer is going to participate in the various Utilities rebates programs.
Solar power facilities need to comply with all national safety, equipment and power-quality standards established by the National Electrical Code (NEC), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
Interconnection Regulations (small generator)
The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) adopted interconnection rules, effective August , 2010. NorthWestern, does have a standard interconnection agreement for net-metered systems. The use of certain equipment may qualify a facility for an expedited interconnection review. Generally if you are looking at a solar system of 10kW or less there is a simplified interconnection process. If you are considering solar power you need to look at your electricity Utilities interconnection rules and regulations.