Alternative Energy System Contracting

June 23, 2010


In Virginia, licensed contractors (Class A, B, C) may declare a specialty called a "Alternative Energy System Contracting (AES)" as defined by the Board for Contractors. The AES is not a license. The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) defines the AES specialty as a "service which provides for the installation, repair or improvement, from the customer's meter, of alternative energy generation systems, supplemental energy systems and associated equipment annexed to real property. No other classification or specialty service provides this function. This specialty does not provide for electrical, plumbing, gas fitting, or HVAC functions." There is no related exam to receive an AES designation. An electrical license (for photovoltaic systems) or a plumbers license or HVAC license (for solar hot water systems) is required. Customers interested in installing a system should check their contractors licensing on the DPOR License Lookup web site (select "Contractor Businesses" and "Individual Licenses and Certifications" and enter the company name).

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Virginia
Incentive Type: Solar/Wind Contractor Licensing
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Photovoltaics


Name: 18 VAC 50-22-30


Name: Information AES Special License
Organization: Virginia Department of Professional and Occup
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Richmond VA 23230
Phone: (804) 367-8511

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.