City of Dubuque - Solar Thermal Licensing Requirement

July 18, 2020


The City of Dubuque requires a Solar Thermal License in order for a person to install a solar thermal project on a home or business. The requirement does not apply to solar photovoltaics. The licensing requirement can be met one of two ways:

  • An installer may be Solar Thermal Certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) or
  • An installer may complete the Northeast Iowa Community College Solar Thermal Training

Installers are also required to obtain a permit before altering or installing a system. Application details are available on the program website.

Iowa as a state only requires a state electrical contractor's or journeyman's license (under the supervision of an EC) to install solar.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Iowa
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Thermal Electric


Name: Dubuque City Code 14-13
Date Enacted: 01/03/2011
Name: Dubuque City Code 14-14
Date Enacted: 01/03/2011


Name: Tom Snyder
Name: Todd Carr
Organization: City of Dubuque
Address: 50 W 13th Street
Dubuque IA 52001
Phone: (563) 589-4150

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.