SB333 may sound familiar, as the bill was originally relative to increasing the net metering cap from 50MW to 75MW. As the House recently passed HB1116 to increase the cap to 100MW, SB333 was amended to “an act relative to the installation of photovoltaic systems”. The purpose of the amendment was to allow non-electricians to install certain non-electrical aspects of photovoltaic systems under RSA 319-C.
The House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee heard from a variety of stakeholders both for and against the amendment on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The Committee got a crash course in the PV installation process from multiple points of view, the electrical components involved in the systems, and safety considerations.
On Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, the Committee held a work session to discuss the amendment to SB333. Again, the Committee heard from several stakeholders including the NH Electrician’s Board, State Fire Marshall’s Office, licensed electricians, and other qualified parties. The Electrician’s Board provided a draft bulletin that it hopes will clarify installation requirements and eliminate the need for legislative action.
If the current language of the bulletin is passed, it would allow non-licensed individuals to assemble, affix or attach the means to support PV racks or other PV support structures that are not identified in the listing or manufacturer’s instructions as a required component of the Equipment Grounding System. Any and all bonding of the means to support PV racks or other support structures must be done by individuals licensed under RSA 319-C.
As a result of this draft bulletin, SB333 was unanimously ITL’ed (killed). If in the future the bulletin does not appear to have solved the issue, the Committee agreed legislative action could be taken. The Electrician’s Board is confident the bulletin will be agreed upon by all members of the Board at their next meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd 2016 at 9:00 am. This meeting is open to everyone and will be held at the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification, 121 South Fruit Street in Concord.