Licensing (PV)
A state electrical contractor license is required for any company in the business of installing, erecting, repairing or altering electrical systems, or apparatus used for electrical light, heat, power or signaling. Person(s) performing the PV electrical installation for the electrical contractor must be a licensed electrician. The Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act allows for municipal and regional regulation.

Licensing (Solar thermal)
A license is required to install and make connections to the potable water system. Each plumbing company must have a responsible master plumber that over sees all work. However, the responsible Mmaster may delegate tasks to others. Typically these installations would be done by a Journeyman Plumber. All work is subject to permit and inspection by the local code authority. All plumbing in Texas is licensed and regulated by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.

Incentive notes
Austin Energy: Customers must use a solar installer from the Austin Energy Participating Solar Contractor list to access residential and commercial solar PV incentives from the utility serving Austin and the surrounding area. Requirements for participating PV companies: Be a TDLR licensed electrical contractor, register as a City vendor, provide proof of required insurance coverage, have a NABCEP certified installer review and sign all layouts and system designs prior to submittal, and meet all other Program Guidelines and requirements of the Contractor Handbook.

Austin:  requirements for participating PV companies:  Have at least one employee with a certificate verifying they have passed the NABCEP  test.


  1. Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners
  2. Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
  3. Austin Energy

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