Louisiana

Licensing (General)
Louisiana offers a specialty classification of  ‘solar energy equipment’. In order for a contractor to obtain the specialty classification of solar energy equipment for a commercial contractor’s license, the contractor must as a pre-requisite or co-requisite obtain the classification(s) of Building Construction, Residential Building Contractor, Electrical Work or Mechanical Work.  All contractors applying for the specialty of solar energy equipment must have completed and provided proof to the Board of Training in the design and installation of solar energy systems by an entity accredited by the board. In addition, any contractor who did not hold a license with the classification(s) of Building Construction, Electrical Work (Statewide), or Mechanical Work (Statewide) as of August 1, 2014 must take an examination approved by the Board or hold the PV Installer Certification Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) in order to obtain the Solar Energy Equipment classification.

Licensing (PV)
If a contractor that holds the classification of “solar energy equipment” does not hold an electrical work classification, the contractor must use a subcontractor holding an electrical work classification to do any wiring or hookups for PV installations over $10,000 in price or cost.  Electrical contractors who intend to do photovoltaic panel installations must, in addition to their electrical work classification, also obtain independently the classification of “solar energy equipment” and meet other requirements in order for their customers to be eligible for certain tax credits.

Licensing (Solar thermal)
If the contractor that holds the classification of “solar energy equipment” does not hold a mechanical work classification, the contractor must use a subcontractor holding a mechanical work classification to do any piping or hookups for solar thermal installations over $10,000 in price or cost.  Mechanical contractors who intend to do solar thermal installations must, in addition to getting their mechanical work classification, also obtain independently the classification of “solar energy equipment” and meet other requirements in order for their customers to be eligible for certain state tax credits.

Electric code: NEC 2008 edition

Licensing body: Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors

Reciprocity: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (electrical only) , Utah, and Virginia.  Reciprocity is not automatic.   

Incentive notes
All installations must be performed by a contractor duly licensed by and in good standing with the Louisiana Contractors Licensing Board with a classification of solar energy equipment and a certificate of training in the design and installation of solar energy systems from an industry recognized training entity, or a Louisiana technical college, or the owner of the residence.

Resources

  1. Income Tax Credits for Wind or Solar Energy Systems (LAC: 61:I.1907)
  2. Louisiana State Licensing Board
  3. State Plumbing Board of Louisiana
  4. Louisiana Solar Energy Society
 

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