What is a Certified NABCEP Solar Installer?
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, or NABCEP, is a professional organization with the most highly recognized PV solar and solar thermal installer certification program. The goal of the organization is to raise consumer standards and promote consumer confidence in the field of solar energy. The mission of NABCEP is also to create a level of quality control for the solar industry.
The board currently consists of representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificate grads, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. The certification consists of two levels: Entry Level and Complete Certification. In order to become certified, installers must complete coursework (usually taught by Instititute ofof Sustainable Power Quality - ISPQ - instructors) and take a stringent examination.
When choosing a solar installer, it is important to examine the professional's training and experience. Solar is a fairly new field, so many contractors are self taught in installation. Many people prefer a NABCEP certified installer because they can count on consistently quality work and a level of accountability not held by other installers.