Roofing industry careers in solar energy are rapidly emerging. With reports that the solar energy market more than doubled last year, the State of Florida is considered among the top twelve largest solar markets and has the fifth most solar work opportunities in the country. Naturally, solar jobs are projected to increase substantially in the upcoming years as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), solar photovoltaic (PV) installers are projected to see an employment growth of 105 percent from 2016 to 2026.
With a significant demand from homeowners for solar shingles, many construction industry employers are assessing how to become established in this innovative industry. If you are a contractor, it is critical that you ensure you are legally permitted to engage in solar energy projects before doing so or you may need to speak to a roofing attorney in Florida.
In this two-section article, we first discussed eligibility laws in solar energy contracting. In this section, we will discuss how to become licensed and certified in a state that requires such special, separate licensing.
If you live in a state that requires licensing to legally obtain a classification for contracting jobs that involve solar energy, the requirements depend on the state you are licensed in. For example, in Florida, you must be at least 18 years of age and either have a four-year construction-related degree from an accredited college, significant professional experience in the field you are applying for, or at least one year of experience as a foreman, among other requirements to qualify. These requirements differ depending on your level of work experience compared to your educational level. For more information on Florida solar energy licensing requirements please visit the US Solar Institute webpage.
Obtaining Solar Licensing
Assuming you are a qualified candidate that fulfills your state’s minimum requirements, you can typically obtain a specialized solar license by either completing coursework or passing an exam. In Florida, you are required to complete two comprehensive exams on solar contracting and business/finance construction. If you pass the exams, the final step of the process is that applicants are required to pass a background check, insurance evaluation, and credit report. Of course, these requirements may differ depending on your state.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.