Nevada law requires that solar energy system installers be licensed by the Nevada State Contractors Board.
Contractors may be licensed under License Classification C-37 (solar contracting), or perform solar work under License Classification C-1 (plumbing and heating) for solar thermal installations.
- NAC 624.200 Classification C-2: Electrical contracting; subclassifications. (NRS 624.100, 624.220) (g) PHOTOVOLTAICS (subclassification C-2g): The installation, alteration and repair of photovoltaic cells, batteries and invertors used in the conversion of solar energy into electricity, but not the installation, alteration or repair of electrical wires beyond the service panel
- In June 2005, Assembly Bill 3 amended the Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 618, to create a mandatory licensing program for contractors installing and maintaining photovoltaic systems, beginning January 1, 2007. Under these rules, a PV installer must hold a license as a photovoltaic installer, issued by the Department of Business and Industry, Division of Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety and Health. A PV installer is defined as a person who is directly engaged with the electrical connection and wiring of a photovoltaic system project in a capacity other than as an inspector, management planner, consultant, project designer, contractor or supervisor for the photovoltaic system project
- NAC 618.459 Requirements for examination for licensure as a photovoltaic installer. ( NRS 618.295 , 618.918 ) For the purposes of NRS 618.922 , an examination which is approved by the Enforcement Section must test a person’s knowledge on subjects which are consistent with the guidelines, standards and training suggested by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc., the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) or any other nationally recognized organization involved in developing guidelines, standards and training to improve the quality of services provided by photovoltaic installers
Licensing (Solar thermal)
- NAC 624.540 Classification C-37: Solar contracting: A person who holds a classification C-37 license may design, fabricate and install systems for the collection of solar energy to heat and cool water, air and chemicals
- The subclassifications of the classification C-37 license and the work authorized for persons licensed in the respective subclassifications are:
- (a) WATER HEATING (subclassification C-37a): The installation of systems for the collection of solar energy to heat water for potable uses, but not the installation of pipes or fixtures other than water heaters and storage tanks designed for the use of water so heated
- (b) SPACE HEATING (subclassification C-37b): The installation of systems for the collection of solar energy to heat water or air which is in turn used to heat structures which house persons, animals or inanimate objects including storage, piping and heat exchangers, but excluding equipment for pools
- (c) AIR-CONDITIONING (subclassification C-37c): The installation of the collectors, piping, storage and other equipment used in the conversion of solar energy to energy used for the control of air temperatures.
- (d) HEATING OF POOLS (subclassification C-37d): The installation of the collectors, piping and heat exchangers used to heat swimming pools and spas with solar energy, but not the plumbing of swimming pools or the installation of their equipment
- A License Classification C-1 (plumbing and heating); subclassification j: (j) SOLAR WATER AND SPACE HEATING (subclassification C-1j): The installation, replacement and repair of systems for the collection of solar energy to heat potable water, swimming pools and spas, and air which is used to heat structures which house persons, animals or inanimate objects
- NAC 624.380 Classification C-21: Refrigeration and air-conditioning; subclassifications. (NRS 624.100, 624.220)
- (e) SOLAR AIR-CONDITIONING (subclassification C-21e): The installation of the collectors, piping, storage and other equipment used in the conversion of solar energy to energy used for the control of air temperatures
Licensing/testing body: NV OHSA
Reciprocity: Nevada’s reciprocity agreement with the states of Arizona, California, and Utah pertain to the trade examination only
Resources: Nevada State Contractors Board