Kentucky

Licensing (General)
Electrical and plumbing licenses are not required to install solar in Kentucky.

Licensing (PV)
A licensed electrician is required to pull the permit and be responsible for the final connection to the meter.

Licensing (Solar thermal)
A licensed plumber is required to make any connections to the potable water system. For SWH systems, those components which are not connected to the potable water system (typically, the solar loop beyond the heat exchanger) can be worked on by people who are not licensed plumbers.

 Electric code: NEC 2011 edition

 Incentive notes

  • The Kentucky State Tax Credits for solar electric and solar water heating systems require the system to be installed by a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified installer
  • Solar Photovoltaics – Tax Credit = $3 per watt direct current, capped at $500 for residential taxpayers and $1,000 for commercial taxpayers. Must be installed by a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified installer, meet requirements of Article 690 of the National Electric Code, and use UL-listed solar photovoltaic panels and inverters
  • Solar Water Heating, Solar Space Heating, Passive Solar Space Heating, & Combination Active Solar Space Heating/ Water Heating Systems: Tax Credit = 30% of installed cost, capped at $500 for residential taxpayers and $1,000 for commercial taxpayers. Solar water heating and active solar space heating systems must be installed by a NABCEP certified installer and must use solar thermal collectors certified by the SRCC under OG-100
  • There are now incentives available through the Governor’s Office Of Agricultural Policy for farm RE and EE.  For more information, visit http://agpolicy.ky.gov/energy/Pages/default.aspx

Reciprocity: None

 Resources

  1. Department of Housing, Buildings, & Construction Website
  2. The Kentucky Solar Partnership
 

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