Certification for PV Installers Proposed

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) released the second draft of the requirements for the voluntary certification program of installers of PV systems…

Highlands Ranch, Colorado – October 24, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) released the second draft of the requirements for the voluntary certification program of installers of PV systems. NABCEP is asking for comments and feedback to these proposed requirements. According to the NABCEP, the certification is not intended to prevent qualified individuals from installing PV systems or to replace state license requirements but rather, it is meant to provide a set of national practitioner standards by which PV installers with skills and experience can distinguish themselves. Certification will provide an educational tool for consumers and will encourage increased financing and reduced insurance rates for PV projects. It will be available voluntarily to those PV installers who feel they will benefit from it. NABCEP is a representative board with involvement of the solar industry, independent installers, BOS manufacturers, labor, contractors, training organizations, educators, national laboratories, and government. NABCEP welcomes comment at all times and encourages Renewable Energy professionals interested in being involved in the development process to contact NABCEP. The Board will be taking comments through November 8, 2002. It is anticipated that once this Call for Comments concludes, the Board and PV Technical Committee will review the comments, make any final changes to the Requirements, and then create a final version of the PV Installer Certification Requirements.
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