License requirements for solar panels and related equipment in Puerto Rico
Act No. 248 passed in October 2008 requires both systems and installers to be certified. Only certified installers may install PV. System certification was required in order to be eligible for tax Credits but these have since been repealed.
Licensing requirements for Solar Power installation companies in Puerto Rico
In order to become an EAA-Certified PV Installer, applicants must:
- Be a licensed professional electrician or electrical engineer (with proper, up-to-date credentials); AND
- Provide proof that he/she has taken and passed at least 30 hours of specified PV training in Puerto Rico (on topics such as Puerto Rican norms regulating sale and installation of PV, basic concepts of electricity applicable to PV, fundamentals and application of solar energy, PV installation, among others)--EAA may publish a list of approved courses in the future; OR
- Provide proof that he/she has passed the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) exam, even without specified training, plus 4 hours of training on applicable Puerto Rican laws, regulations, and codes; OR
- Provide proof that he/she has taken and passed at least 30 hours of specified PV training in the United States, plus 4 hours of training on applicable Puerto Rican laws, regulations, and codes.
The EAA will review and make a determination (approved and certified, additional information required, or denied) of the application within 30 days. Certification is good for four (4) years and can be renewed as long as the installer completes three hours of continuing education on PV panels and systems.
For more details please visit: http://energy.gov/savings/puerto-rico-solar-and-wind-contractor-certfication