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What you need to know

A new law effective July 1, 2023, requires companies that contract with residential homeowners to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on homes in Minnesota be licensed as a residential building contractor or remodeler. This license requirement will allow homeowners to make claims to the Contractor Recovery Fund in the event a solar company goes out of business, bankrupt or is otherwise unable to complete a solar PV installation project, resulting in an out-of-pocket loss to the homeowner.

The actual installation of the solar PV system must be performed by a Minnesota-licensed electrical contractor. This change will not impact Minnesota-licensed electrical contractors that are subcontracted by licensed residential building contractors and remodelers to perform the installation of solar PV systems on residential structures.