Renewable Energy Contractor Licensing (Oregon)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Oregon
Name Renewable Energy Contractor Licensing
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing
Applicable Sector Installer/Contractor
Eligible Technologies Fuel Cells, Photovoltaics, Small Hydroelectric, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat, Wind
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2013-02-28

References DSIRE[1]


Oregon requires trade licenses for people installing solar energy equipment, and contractor licenses for the companies that do construction.

Companies with an electrical contractor license may engage in the business of making electrical installations. Similarly a plumbing contractor license allows a company to engage in the business of making plumbing installations. Companies must also meet licensing and bonding requirements of the Construction Contractors Board.

Individuals doing installations must hold a trade license. Solar electric installers must either hold an Electrical Journeyman's License or a Limited Renewable Energy License (LRT). General Journeymen can do all aspects of solar electric work, whereas the LRT license is limited to the DC side of systems under 25 kilowatts (kW). The Journeyman's license requires 8,000 hours of general on-the-job training whereas the LRT requires 4,000 hours of solar-specific on-the-job training.

Solar thermal installers must either hold a Plumbing Journeyman's License or a Solar Heating and Cooling System Installer License (STL). General Journeymen can do all aspects of solar plumbing work, whereas the STL license is limited to the non-potable side of systems. The Journeyman's license requires 8,000 hours of general on-the job training whereas the STL requires 2,000 hours of solar-specific on-the-job training.

Training for the solar specialty licenses (LRT and STL) are provided through the Renewable Energy Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (RE JATC) in Oregon. They offer three apprentice programs that are approved by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries: (1) Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT) program, (2) the Solar Thermal License (STL) program, and (3) the Combined Renewable Energy program (which combines the LRT and STL). For more information about the apprentice programs, check the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association website.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information - BCD
Department Department of Consumer and Business Services
Division Building Codes Division
Address PO BOX 14470
Place Salem, Oregon
Zip/Postal Code 97309
Phone (503) 373-1268


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: ORS § 447.065

Authority 2: ORS § 479.630

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"