Solar energy is the fastest-growing energy source in the United States and is key to helping the nation achieve its climate goals.
According to a report by the U.S. Department of Energy, it has the potential to power 40% of the country's electricity by 2035.
Furthermore, the cost to install solar has dropped substantially — 60% in the last decade — making it a viable energy choice for more consumers and a lucrative business opportunity for solar panel installation companies.
If you’re interested in selling and installing solar panels as a business venture, you must obtain the right business licenses and permits. Here’s what you need to know about obtaining licenses for your solar installation business.
Do you need a license to install solar panels?
The solar contractor industry is regulated by state and local authorities, each with unique licensing laws and application requirements.
Many states require solar businesses to obtain a state contractor license. Depending on the state this could be a specific license for solar contracting or residential/home improvement. Solar business licenses are usually managed by a state contractors board. They administer examinations, evaluate experience, and issue licenses.