If you’re thinking about a career in contracting, what about being a solar contractor? With a eco-friendlier outlook, the world is more in demand for solar technology, so the job of solar contractor is in demand.
According to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR), a solar contractor is defined as a contractor whose services “consist of the installation, alteration, repair, maintenance, relocation, or replacement of solar panels for potable solar water heating systems, swimming pool solar heating systems, and photovoltaic systems and any appurtenances, apparatus, or equipment used in connection with these systems.”
There are two types of solar contractors: you can either become a certified solar contractor (CV) and a residential solar water or a heating specialty contractor (CW).
To work as a solar contractor in many states, you need to have a contractor’s license; however, if you are working under a licensed contractor you do not need to be licensed yet. If you do work on your own that requires installing, altering, repairing, maintaining, relocating or replacing any type of solar thermal or PV system, you need a certification and/or license to work legally in the state of Florida.
It is in your best interest to have a solar contractor’s license regardless of what state you work in. Why? People will trust you more and you will likely be paid better for your work.
If a person needs a solar water heater or solar pool heater installed, only a CV or CW licensed worker or a plumbing contractor can do that job. A photovoltaic system must be installed by a CV license holder or an electrical contractor, but not a CW license holder. If these systems are not installed by these specific contractors, the owners are not eligible for Florida’s established rebate program for residential and commercial solar water heaters, solar electric systems, and residential solar pool heaters.
Some jurisdictions have a solar contractor certificate of competency that is considered an RX license; these contractors are limited to the installation of solar water or pool heaters.
Solar photovoltaic installers can receive a salary from $32K to $48K per year, depending on experience and knowledge.
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