Solar Industry Shaken by State Ruling

We here at Electrician Training Guide feel that Solar energy and Wind power are becoming big businesses as we move closer to a more energy efficient country. The electricity produced by these systems is the same electricity that flows through the power system now the only difference is how it is produced and how much is produced. Whether enough is produced and feed into the power grid to run an entire city or you produce just enough to power your own home from your own solar installation. That leaves us with many future questions and answers to sort through.

And now on to the news.

All photovoltaic systems installed in the state of Massachusetts must be installed by a licensed electrician, rules the state board of examiners of electricians, who are interpreting an obscure existing law.

This ruling has not gone over very well with the solar industry in that state. They are calling for legislation to counter the ruling. The new legislation would call for a special license that would divide solar installations from traditional electrical work.

Wait… are they trying to say that solar generated electricity is different than regular electricity, that its not as dangerous as regular electricity. Whats next a special license if you only work on apartment buildings.

The solar energy business association believes that this will have a bad impact on the solar industry, that the cost of solar installations will increase and that it will be a deterrent to getting people back to work.

Some of the community colleges there have had a drop in enrollment in training classes for solar installers and have had to switch from offering those classes to the general public and start offering them to unemployed licensed electricians.

So what is your take on all of this? Do you feel like there should be a separate license to do solar installations, or should the licensed electricians be given more training on solar installations? Should the solar installations be broken down into a mechanical part and an electrical part and have electricians only on the electrical side?

The way that it stands now in regular electrical work, the lower paid apprentice, or electricians helper does most of the work, with the electrician having responsibility for the job, electrical oversight as they say. Is this what the solar industry needs? Please leave us here at electrician training your comments and let us know what you think.


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