North Carolina

Licensing (PV)
NCGS 87-43 requires that a license as an electrical contractor be obtained by any person “… engaging or offering to engage in the business of installing, maintaining, altering or repairing any electric work wiring devices, appliances or equipment.” The performance of same electrical work under special circumstances may be exempted under NCGS 87- 43.1. None of those exemptions appear to apply to solar photovoltaic electrical energy systems. Thus, a licensed electrical contractor must install as well as contract to install such systems. This means that only the electrical contractor may have a contract with a property owner for this work.

License classifications that may engage or offer to engage in the described electrical work are Limited, Intermediate or Unlimited. Additionally, the SP-SFD (Special Restricted Single Family Dwelling) license classification is permitted to perform this work for single-family dwellings. The licensing law and Board rules can be found on the Board website at

Incentive notes
Go Solar NC Initiative:  For a company to become  a “Registered PV Contractor”, at least one employee of the contractor company must provide proof to the Solar Center of obtaining the following administrative requirements:

  • NC electrical contractor license
  • Liability insurance coverage
  • Business license
  • Retail license
  • Registration with NC Industrial Commission/Workers’ compensation insurance
  • Code of Ethics

For a company to become a “Registered Solar PV Contractor,”  at least one employee of the contractor company must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Provide current proof of 35 hours of solar PV training, pass the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry-Level PV exam , and provide proof that they have  installed at least two solar PV systems- both using a minimum of 1 kWDC and inverter;
  • Either hold a letter from NABCEP stating they are qualified to sit for the NABCEP PV Installer Certification Exam (you must submit an application to NABCEP to sit for this exam OR hold a certificate verifying they have passed the NABCEP PV Installer Certification Exam.

Electric code:  NEC 2008 edition

Reciprocity: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia

1.    North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
2.    State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler Contractors
3.    State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors




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