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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Solar and Wind Contractor Licensing   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/05/2014
Program Overview:
State: Louisiana
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics
Applicable Sectors: Installer/Contractor
Authority 1:
Louisiana Department of Revenue LAC:61:I.1907

NOTE: SB 447 requires that by February 1, 2015 licensed contractors must be in compliance with the Lousiana State Board of Licensing to legally install solar panels. Contractors without solar PV Installer or Solar Heating Installer certifications issued the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) will at a minimum be required to take a written exam to demonstrate comptency.

In June of 2014, SB 447 mandated that the Louisiana State Licencsing Board for Contractors develop new rules for solar contractors no later than January 1, 2015. Licensed contractors must be in compliance with the new rules no later than February 1, 2015. Contractors holding the major classification of Building Construction, Electrical Work (Statewide) or Mechanical Work (Statewide) as of August 1, 2014 will meet requirements for compiance. Contractors without NABCEP certifications must, at a minimum, pass a written exam. Contractors applying for the classification of Solar Energy Equipment must have a major classification for Buildign Construction, Electrical Work, Mechanical Work, or Residential Building Contractor in addition to other licenses and must complete a board approved training course in solar energy systems design. A Mechanical Work classification is required for projects with expenses of $10,000.

All solar and wind energy installations must be performed by a contractor duly licensed by and in good standing with the Louisiana Contractors Licensing Board with a classification of "Solar Energy Equipment" and a certificate of training in the design and installation of solar energy systems from an industry recognized training entity, or a Louisiana technical college, or the owner of the residence.

Installers must have the appropriate license, as well as this specialty classification in order for systems to take advantage of state tax credits. Installers must be licensed with the Louisiana Contractors Licensing Board. This specialty classification does not substitute for an electrical or plumbing license; installers must have this specialty classification in addition to an electrical contractor's license (for solar photovoltaic installations) or a plumbing contractor's license (for solar thermal installations).

A list of state approved trainers and course offerings can be found here.

  General Inquiries
Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
2525 Quail Drive
P.O. Box 14419
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Phone: (225) 765-2301
Fax: (225) 765-0947
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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