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Friday, May 13, 2011

New Jersey & Solar Not So Perfect Together

There is considerable confusion about whether an Electrical Contractor's License and Business Permit is required for solar-photovoltaic (SPV) installations in New Jersey.

The answer, direct from NJ's Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors who regulate the Electrical Contracting Industry in NJ is; with the exception of owners of single family homes performing the installation of PV panels on own home themselves is yes. See letter published in the NJ Construction Code Communicator Here

N.J.S.A. 45:5A-1 et seq., known as "The Electrical Contractors Licensing Act of 1962", States; "No person shall advertise, enter into, engage in, or work in a business as an electrical contractor unless they have secured a business permit and a license from the New Jersey Board of Electrical Contractors (the Board)."

The term "electrical contractor" is defined as a person who engages in the business of contracting to install, erect, repair, or alter electrical equipment for the generation, transmission, or utilization of electrical energy (N.J.S.A. 45:5A-2(d)).

SPV systems, by definition, are electrical work. They are a series of components that generate (the SPV panels), transmit, and/or utilize electrical energy. Any person engaged in installing, erecting, repairing, etc. such equipment must be an electrical contractor under the provisions of the Act. Read More

The Law applies to all Residential, Commercial, and Institutional, and Industrial installations of Photo Voltaic Panels.

Additionally any person who engages in these activities without a valid Electrical Contractors Business Permit may be charged with a Felony in the State of New Jersey. (151_C.2C21-33 of the New Jersey Statutes) Read Felony Law Here

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Place Safety High On Your Project List!

Do it Yourselfers: Put safety high on your project list!

If summer weather is sprouting thoughts of home improvement projects, you are not alone. Rising temperatures traditionally give rise to more remodeling, repairs, maintenance, landscaping and construction projects both inside and outside the home

Whether it’s putting in a new deck, remodeling, or landscaping, Advanced Electric Design & Service urges everyone to take precautions, particularly when working around electrical equipment and overhead power lines. Make sure electric tools are in good working order, with cords free from frays and cracked insulation. Be sure to use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection when using power tools.

For added protection consider the installation of ARC Fault Circuit breakers on your existing circuits. More on ARC Fault Here

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