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#194201 05/15/10 11:55 AM
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I have been wanting to get into the solar market, because it seems to be good for the country as well as profitable. I have been to some seminars and read alot. What I am confused about is the State certification and how can 1 person stay on top of all the rules? I really don t want to give up my other work. Can anyone help me out. I am located in PA

Ob


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Obsaleet #194280 05/20/10 10:34 PM
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Ob:
Are you saying solar requires a Commonwealth Certification?

Licensed electrical contractors do it here across the Delaware from you. We have EC's that specialize in the solar niche market, and occasionally a few who dabble in something they have no clue about.

As to 'our' rules, engineer drawing (plans) for racking, electrical one-line. Permits required are Building (racking); Electric (All PV Equip)

EC's over here require 34 hours of CEU's. 9 on NEC Changes; 1 on Law; 24 on approved trade related items. All must be done each 3 year Lic. renewal.


John
HotLine1 #194422 05/31/10 11:39 PM
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Yes if you want to be eligible for the rebates and things. And also a state registration the requiremnts needed are a pulse and $50. for the registration.


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Obsaleet #194425 06/01/10 02:50 PM
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$50 and a pulse, now that's a tough requirement!!!

On the serious side, why don't you give it a shot? Don't sweat too much on keeping up with the 'rules', just stick with the NEC, unless there are local issues. You could always jump in here for any help/hints!!!



John
HotLine1 #194432 06/02/10 12:53 AM
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The $ 50 and a pulse gives only gives you the privledge of being a contractor. Then the solar certifications, of which I know little about. This is were it gets fuzzy. I don t have alot of time to chase answers. I'm trying to run a business. LOL So I thought someone might know on this board?


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Obsaleet #194444 06/02/10 10:59 PM
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Ob:
One good source for solar info is a magazine, go to solarprofessional.com & fill out the subscription form, it's free to industry pros.

Training (online & workshop) is available from solarenergy.org

Hopefully, the above will be of some help to you.



John

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