Renewable Energy Professionals
During the 2014 legislative session, the General Assembly passed and Governor Lincoln D. Chafee signed S 2692 A/H 8200 A, amending An Act Relating to Businesses and Professionals - Electricians and Plumbers. The amendment updates the electrical and plumbing licensing laws and creates a new type of contractor: the Renewable Energy Professional (REP). The new rules create a limited license that allows REPs to perform certain renewable energy system installation work without holding an electrical or plumbing license.
The Office of Energy Resources and the Department of Labor and Training partnered to quickly implement this legislation. If you are interested in learning more about this policy, please visit (http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText14/SenateText14/S2692A.pdf) for the Senate version and (http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText14/HouseText14/H8200A.pdf) for the House version.
The Electrical Contractor's License already includes the work allowed by the REP limited license. Only contractors or individuals without an electrical license are required to obtain the REP limited license to perform ancillary non-electrical work on renewable energy systems. There are many ways that someone can qualify for a Renewable Energy Professional license. If you have any of the following, you can apply for a license. This list was built with input from the current renewable energy installer community in Rhode Island and through consultation with other state energy offices. If you know of a qualification that you believe should be added to this list, please feel invited to contact Shauna Beland with the contact information below:
- The applicant holds a certificate from the SEI Solar Professionals Certificate for Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Systems.
- The applicant currently holds a certificate from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as a: PV Installation Professional OR Solar Heating Installer (solar hot water). The REP will then be able to install only the technology for which they hold a certificate.
- The applicant holds a current certification from Underwriter Laboratory (UL)’s PV Installer Certification Program. This training is available to members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
- The applicant holds an Associate’s degree or higher in a renewable energy technology or solar PV installation from an accredited school.
- The applicant holds a certificate of training from a manufacturer of a specific technology for the installation of that specific technology (e.g. solar roof shingles).
- The applicant holds a certification from Everblue's PV Training Program, PV Installation Professional for Solar PV Installers OR Solar PV Mastery Combo.
- The applicant holds a certificate of completion from the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar Ready Vets® program. A certificate of completion from any of the military bases offering this training will be accepted.
If you are interested in applying for a Renewable Energy Professional license, you can download the application here. First time applicants need to bring all materials and paperwork to the Department of Labor and Training Professional Regulation Office, located at 1511 Pontiac Avenue, Building #73, Cranston, RI 02920.
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) and the Office of Energy Resources have worked together to create a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding what electricians and non-electricians can do on a solar PV job site. The questions were compiled during the July 2015 Solar Stakeholder meeting. OER and DLT provided the answers. If you have questions that are not answered in this document, please email them to Shauna Beland, firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work to add them to this Q & A document.
Current Rhode Island Licensed Renewable Energy Professionals
The following is a list of the individuals and companies who have received a Renewable Energy Professional (REP) license in Rhode Island by the Department of Labor and Training (DLT). This list will be updated as needed. This list is not an endorsement by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources or the State of Rhode Island for any specific individuals or businesses.
|Matthew Arner||SolarFlair.||Photovoltaics||March 31, 2018|
|Matthew Banoub||Aten Energy Conservation, LLC.||Photovoltaics||November 27, 2017|
|Anthony Baro||E2SOL LLC.||Photovoltaics - Dual Axis Solar Tracking Only||October 31, 2018|
|Vito Buonomano||Northeast Solar & Wind Power, LLC||Photovoltaics||July 31, 2018|
|Stephen Burns||EnterSolar, LLC||Photovoltaics||July 12, 2019|
|John Carey||Bright Planet Solar||Photovoltaics||December 19, 2017|
|William Carr||New England Clean Energy||Photovoltaics||July 31, 2017|
|David Caldwell||Caldwell & Johnson, Inc.||Photovoltaics - solar shingles only||July 29, 2017|
|James Coffee||Green NRG||Photovoltaics||July 14, 2019|
|David Compaan||RBI Solar, Inc.||Photovoltaics||January 13, 2019|
|James Cormican||RBI Solar, Inc.||Photovoltaics||March 31, 2019|
|Steven DePina||Renewable Energy Solutions||Photovoltaics||February 28, 2019|
|Edmund DiTroia||Renewable Energy Services of New England, Inc.||Photovoltaics||October 31, 2018|
|Peter Fine||US Solarworks LLC||Photovoltaics & Solar Thermal||December 22, 2018|
|Stuart Flanagan||Newport Renewables||Photovoltaics||April 30, 2019|
|Samuel Florence||Altaray Solar||Photovoltaics||February 18, 2019|
|Anthony Gazzaniga||Solect Energy Development||Photovoltaics||May 13, 2019|
|Rob Gianfrancesco||Ace Solar Store||Photovoltaics||August 24, 2017|
|Daniel Gold||Green Water and Power||Photovoltaics||August 30, 2018|
|Peter Hughes||Sunwatt Solar||Photovoltaics||October 31, 2017|
|Jason Kechijian||Solbright Renewable Energy||Photovoltaics||November 3, 2016|
|Kevin Kura||Trinity Solar||Photovoltaics||September 11, 2017|
|Steven Lawrence||Conti Enterprises, Inc..||Photovoltaics||April 24, 2018|
|Walter Mahla||Megawatt Energy Solutions, LLC.||Photovoltaics||May 23, 2017|
|Tyler Mason||Sol Power Solar.||Photovoltaics||April 30, 2019|
|Philip McCarron||Rhode Island Solar Solutions.||Photovoltaics||May 31, 2019|
|James Moon||Moon Associates, Inc..||Photovoltaics - solar shingles only||March 31, 2019|
|Charles Morgan||Eastern CT Solar, LLC.||Photovoltaics||August 25, 2017|
|Luke Neimiec||Acushnet Alternative Heating.||Photovoltaics||December 9, 2018|
|Sachin Patel||Last Mile Energy.||Photovoltaics||October 31, 2018|
|Charles Picard||SolarCity.||Photovoltaics||October 23, 2016|
|Hans Castro Pisconti||Syncarpha Capital.||Photovoltaics||February 23, 2018|
|Michael Riley||401Solar||Photovoltaics||May 5, 2018|
|Douglas Sabetti||Newport Solar||Photovoltaics||October 31, 2017|
|Samuel Schlitzer||Brightergy.||Photovoltaics||January 31, 2018|
|Michael Smith||MF Smith Associates.||Photovoltaics - solar shingles only||November 7, 2017|
|John Teti||Direct Energy Solar.||Photovoltaics||September 17, 2017|
|Dwight Thompson||Nexamp, Inc..||Photovoltaics||February 23, 2019|
|Andrew Truitt||Dividend Solar.||Photovoltaics||July 24, 2017|
|Robert Tyce||Hillview Environmental, LLC.||Photovoltaics||July 31, 2019|
|Christopher Warfel||Entech Engineering, Inc||Photovoltaics||July 31, 2018|
|Seth Wiggins||Alteris Renewables & Real Goods Solar||Photovoltaics||April 30, 2019|
|Jonathan Williams||New England Clean Energy||Photovoltaics||April 20, 2018|
|Lester Wilt||One Roof Energy, Inc..||Photovoltaics||November 18, 2016|
|NanLung Wu||Level Solar.||Photovoltaics||May 9, 2019|
|Nabih Younis||Ameresco.||Photovoltaics||March 31, 2020|
For further information or questions about the Renewable Energy Professionals application, please contact:
Office of Energy Resources