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  •  Tax credits require licensed contractor (1+ / 0-)
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    KenBee

    I'm a fucking retard.

    by Helpless on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 05:11:05 PM PDT

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    •  there's ways around that for DIY (0+ / 0-)

      and most DIY's know a guy, who knows a guy, but basically I think you are right, in that the  work has to be done to some degree by a licensed contractor and inspected and signed off.
          I asked the Redwood Alliance about that and I am pretty sure they said DIY was ok for rebates and tax credits...except for the electrical hookup part....but worth asking again, it was a while ago.

      And thanks for reminding us of that.

      However, I will look into that because essentially, homeowners are allowed to do their own work. I am able to wire to the subpanel, but past the subpanel   no.....
        For a DIY solar install the hookup to the grid however is another matter and should be done and /or supervised by a licensed electrician. ...which of course can be the homeowner as well.
          And that hookup part may be the part that 'requires...etc'

        The other people that will get all up in your grid are insurance inspectors and bank inspectors, there for any number of reasons...and that's worth factoring in as well for the DIY..those people can be even worse to deal with sometimes.

          And as an aside, for all that officiousness I have seen some very shifty professionals and licensed contractors along with the honest and hard working trustworthy ones.

        In my house I recently bought, it had a new service panel put in by a licensed electrician, and inspected by the city building inspector...who didn't apparently go inside to see the connections to the old wiring.

      It had all been shoved very very tightly, like no movement possible, thru the one conduit to a hanging junction box, where the feeds from the new subpanel were then spliced to the old wiring.

      * 18" box hanging on the old wiring. not kidding.
      * no color coding...noooo labeling
      * runs to two more smaller junction boxes a few feet away
      * too many romex pieces in the feeder conduit

      all done by a licensed contractor.

      and that was before the vandals got in and chopped out the 220v romex to the utility room with an axe...while it was on.
        Yep. true story.

      and then the 'licensed contractor' the bank hired to fix a few things and had been in the house many times,  ...had failed to notice that the power was still on with these cut ends hanging there for anybody to blunder into.

      So, there are contractors and then there are contractors....whether licensed or not...ymmv.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 12:58:28 AM PDT

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