Solar Contractor Licensing (Nevada)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Nevada
Name Solar Contractor Licensing
Incentive Type Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing
Applicable Sector Installer/Contractor
Eligible Technologies Photovoltaics, Solar Pool Heating, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Thermal Process Heat, Solar Water Heat
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-10-24
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


Nevada law requires that solar energy system installers be licensed by the Nevada State Contractors Board. Contractors may be licensed under License Classification C-37 (solar contracting for solar water heating and space heating and air conditioning). Contractors may also perform solar work under License Classification C-1* (plumbing and heating), sub-classification (d) for solar water heating installations, or sub-classification (f) for solar air heating. Contractors may also perform solar work under License C-2 (electrical contracting), sub-classification (g) for photovoltaics used to generate electricity; or C-21 (Refrigeration and air-conditioning), sub-classification (e) for solar air conditioning.

In June 2005, Assembly Bill 3 amended the Nevada Revised Statutes, Chapter 618, to create a mandatory licensing program for contractors installing and maintaining photovoltaic systems, beginning January 1, 2007. Under these rules, a PV installer must hold a license as a photovoltaic installer, issued by the Department of Business and Industry, Division of Industrial Relations, Occupational Safety and Health. A PV installer is defined as a person who is directly engaged with the electrical connection and wiring of a photovoltaic system project in a capacity other than as an inspector, management planner, consultant, project designer, contractor or supervisor for the photovoltaic system project.

To apply for a license, a PV installer will need to submit an application to the Division, pass an exam administered or approved by the Division, and pay a fee. If the person is a contractor, they must provide proof to the Division that they have been issued a license of the appropriate classification by the State Contractors’ Board, pursuant to Chapter 624 of Nevada Administrative Code.

Note that a person is not required to obtain a license from the Division to install or maintain a photovoltaic system on their own residence.

  • Prior to August 26, 2008, License Classification C-1 had a sub-classification (J) which allowed contractors to install solar water heating and solar space heating systems. LCB File No. R095-07 amended the sub-classifications under C-1, stating that contractors previously holding a C-1j license for solar water heating shall be deemed to hold a C-1d license, and contractors previously holding a C-1j license for solar space heating shall be deemed to hold a C-1f license.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Customer Service Representative
Department Nevada State Contractors Board - Reno
Division Licensing Division
Address 9670 Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Place Reno, Nevada
Zip/Postal Code 89511
Phone (775) 688-1141

Contact Name Customer Service Representative
Department Nevada State Contractors Board - Henderson
Division Licensing Division
Address 2310 Corporate Circle, Suite 200
Place Henderson, Nevada
Zip/Postal Code 89074
Phone (702) 486-1100

Contact Name Information Specialist
Department Department of Business and Industry
Division Division of Industrial Relations
Address 400 West King Street, Suite 400
Place Carson City, Nevada
Zip/Postal Code 89703
Phone (775) 684-7260
Phone 2 (775) 687-6305


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

Authority 1: NAC 624.190; 624.200; 624.380; 624.540

Authority 2: NRS §618.910 et seq.
Date Effective 2007-01-01
Date Enacted 2005-06-17

  • 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)"