Oregon - Requirements for Solar Power Installation
Oregon 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 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 you local solar power professionals.
Licensing requirements for Solar Installers in Oregon
Oregon 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 Oregon. Solar installations must comply with all relevant local and national standards such as NEC, IEEE and UL. Those looking at installing solar power should check for any requirements with their own Utility.
Equipment Standards or Certification
Oregon has specific standards that solar power equipment must comply with; 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 for equipment is required.
Interconnection Regulations (small generator)
Oregon uses the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions (FERC) interconnection standards and consists of a four tiered interconnection system. Solar power systems up to 10kW in size (tier 1) are entitled to a simplified interconnection process. Systems must meet IEEE 1547 and UL 1741 standards. Those looking to install solar power systems should look for the interconnection regulations on their utilities web site.