North Carolina - Requirements for Solar Power Installation
North Carolina 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 North Carolina
North Carolina has no specific licensing requirements for those wishing to install solar power systems except that solar power installations must be performed by accredited electrical contractors licensed in North Carolina. Solar installations must comply with all relevant local and national standards such as NEC, IEEE and UL.
Equipment Standards or Certification
North Carolina has no specific standards that solar power equipment must comply with; however different programs from different Utilities may require certain standards or certification. It is important that potential solar power customers check with their Utility to find out if a level of certification is required.
Interconnection Regulations (small generator)
North Carolina has interconnection rules very similar to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions (FERC) and consists of a three tiered interconnection system. Solar power systems up to 10kW in size (tier 1) are entitled to a simplified interconnection process. Those looking to install solar power systems should look for the interconnection regulations on their utilities web site.