Solar energy projects can be as small as a backyard shed and as large as the Capitol building, but getting a commercial solar project off of the ground is a little trickier.
You might have to pay thousands of dollars to get one approved for construction, and you can only get a commercial project on the federal level if you have a state-issued construction license.
There are also regulations governing the commercial projects, and the rules vary state by state.
If you want to build your own solar energy system on your own, here’s how to get started.
Find an Installer 1.
Get a Solar Project Certificate (SCP) and/or a Solar Power Permit.
The SCP allows you to obtain a solar panel installation permit and set up your system for installation.
Apply for a Contract for Your Solar Project The SCPs application process can take anywhere from five to more than seven months.
You will need to submit a completed application, a written description of the project, and a sample project plan.
You may also have to submit an application for an extension.
Request an Energy Certificate from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) The SCPS application process also can take several months to complete.
In order to request a Federal Energy Certificate (FERA), you will need: a written statement of the solar system that you are requesting (the Solar Project Plan) and the specific type of energy it needs (the Renewable Energy Credits Program)