Renewable Energy Professional (REP)

Overview

During the 2014 legislative session, the General Assembly passed and Governor Lincoln D. Chafee signed S 2692 A/H 8200 A, amending An Act Relating to Businesses and Professionals - Electricians and Plumbers. The amendment updates the electrical and plumbing licensing laws and creates a new type of contractor: the Renewable Energy Professional (REP). The new rules create a limited license that allows REPs to perform certain renewable energy system installation work without holding an electrical or plumbing license.

The Office of Energy Resources and the Department of Labor and Training partnered to quickly implement this legislation. If you are interested in learning more about this policy, please click here. For the Senate version and for the House version, please click here.

The Electrical Contractor's License already includes the work allowed by the REP limited license. Only contractors or individuals without an electrical license are required to obtain the REP limited license to perform ancillary non-electrical work on renewable energy systems. There are many ways that someone can qualify for a Renewable Energy Professional license. If you have any of the following, you can apply for a license. This list was built with input from the current renewable energy installer community in Rhode Island and through consultation with other state energy offices.  If you know of a qualification that you believe should be added to this list, please feel invited to contact Shauna Beland with the contact information below:

  • The applicant holds a certificate from the SEI Solar Professionals Certificate for Residential and Commercial Photovoltaic Systems.
  • The applicant currently holds a certificate from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as a: PV Installation Professional OR Solar Heating Installer (solar hot water). The REP will then be able to install only the technology for which they hold a certificate.
  • The applicant holds a current certification from Underwriter Laboratory (UL)’s PV Installer Certification Program. This training is available to members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).
  • The applicant holds an Associate’s degree or higher in a renewable energy technology or solar PV installation from an accredited school.  
  • The applicant holds a certificate of training from a manufacturer of a specific technology for the installation of that specific technology (e.g. solar roof shingles).  
  • The applicant holds a certification from Everblue's PV Training Program, NABCEP PV Installation Exam Prep course.
  • The applicant holds a certificate of completion from the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar Ready Vets® program.  A certificate of completion from any of the military bases offering this training will be accepted.

If you are interested in applying for a Renewable Energy Professional license, you can download the application below. First time applicants need to bring all materials and paperwork to the Department of Labor and Training Professional Regulation Office, located at 1511 Pontiac Avenue, Building #73, Cranston, RI 02920.

FAQ

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) and the Office of Energy Resources have worked together to create a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding what electricians and non-electricians can do on a solar PV job site. The questions were compiled during the July 2015 Solar Stakeholder meeting. OER and DLT provided the answers. If you have questions that are not answered in this document, please email them to Shauna Beland, shauna.beland@energy.ri.gov and we will work to add them to this Q & A document.

Current Rhode Island Licensed Renewable Energy Professionals

The following is a list of the individuals and companies who have received a Renewable Energy Professional (REP) license in Rhode Island by the Department of Labor and Training (DLT). This list will be updated as needed. This list is not an endorsement by the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources or the State of Rhode Island for any specific individuals or businesses.

Name Company Technology LIC Expires
Gregg A. Albright Freedom Forever Rhode Island, LLC Photovoltaics May 31, 2023
Anthony Baro E2SOL LLC Photovoltaics - Dual Axis Solar Tracking Only October 31, 2024
Ralph Branca Energy EPC Photovoltaics September 30, 2023
Vito Buonomano Northeast Solar & Wind Power, LLC Photovoltaics July 31, 2024
John Dell'Oro C&E Resources, LLC Photovoltaics September 30, 2024
Greg Demarse Apex Solar Photovoltaics January 31, 2024
Edmund DiTroia Renewable Energy Services of New England, Inc. Photovoltaics October 31, 2024
Pete Fine US SolarWorks Photovoltaics AND Solar Hot Water December 31, 2022
Stuart Flanagan Newport Renewables Photovoltaics April 30, 2023

John C. Foster


QE Solar LLC
Photovoltaics June 30, 2024
Taylor Frothingham NRGTree Consulting Photovoltaics July 31, 2023

Roger W. Gaydou 

  Photovoltaics August 31, 2024
Daniel Gold Green Water and Power Photovoltaics August 31, 2024
Adam H. Hessler American Energy, LLP Photovoltaics March 31, 2024
Peter Hughes Sunwatt Solar Photovoltaics October 31, 2023
Chris Hurley Gansett Solar Photovoltaics April 30, 2024
Shadaan Javan Suntuity Solar, LLC Photovoltaics October 31, 2023
Edward L. Kelly Solect Energy Development, LLC Photovoltaics April 30, 2022
Brian G. Kenney   Photovoltaics October 31, 2022
Michael Kelley Mass Renewables Photovoltaics April 30, 2023
Robin Klein Bright Planet Solar Photovoltaics May 31, 2024
Kevin Kura Trinity Solar Photovoltaics September 30, 2024
Kevin P. Lamarco National Roofing & Solar Corporation Photovoltaics January 1, 2023
Steven Lawrence Conti Enterprises, Inc. Photovoltaics April 30, 2023
Tyler Mason Sol Power Solar Photovoltaics April 30, 2023
Dylan J. Matthew

AEGIS Renewable Energy

Photovoltaics April 30, 2023
Brian McGovern Energy Scape Designs Photovoltaics September 30, 2023
James Moon Moonworks Photovoltaics March 31, 2023
Charles Morgan Eastern CT Solar, LLC Photovoltaics August 31, 2023

Sean E. Murphy Jr.

  Photovoltaics February 28, 2024
Sachin Patel Last Mile Energy Photovoltaics October 31, 2022
Ryan Potter Green Seal Environmental Photovoltaics November 30, 2022
Michael Riley 401Solar Photovoltaics May 31, 2024
Douglas Sabetti Newport Solar Photovoltaics October 31, 2023
Christopher Sheldon Southern Light Solar, Inc. Photovoltaics May 31, 2024
Donald Stauffer Vivint Solar Photovoltaics March 31, 2023
Siddharth Temburni Summit Energy Group Photovoltaics October 31, 2023
John Teti Centrica Business Solutions Photovoltaics September 30, 2023
Newell Thomas Thomas Equipment Company, LLC Photovoltaics July 31, 2024
Dwight Thompson Nexamp, Inc. Photovoltaics February 28, 2023
Robert Tyce Hillview Environmental, LLC Photovoltaics July 31, 2023
Matthew Ursillo Green Development Photovoltaics February 28, 2023
Joseph Vondeylen AP Alternatives, LLC Photovoltaics January 31, 2023
Christopher Warfel Entech Engineering, Inc Photovoltaics July 31, 2024
Nabin Younis Ameresco Photovoltaics March 31, 2024

For further information or questions about the Renewable Energy Professionals application, please contact:

Shauna Beland
Office of Energy Resources
401-574-9111
shauna.beland@energy.ri.gov