An Act To Clarify the Qualifications of Installers under the Solar Energy Rebate Program
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, installers of solar energy systems have to take a course to be qualified to install solar energy systems; and
Whereas, current law requires that a licensed plumber sign off on the installation of a solar thermal water system that is installed by a qualified solar thermal water system installer before a person may receive a solar energy rebate; and
Whereas, it is necessary that the rules be amended as soon as possible so that solar thermal water systems that have been installed by qualified installers may be approved and rebates may be issued without having a licensed plumber sign off on the installation; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §3211-C, sub-§1, ¶A-1 is enacted to read:
Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §3211-C, sub-§1, ¶C, as reallocated by RR 2005, c. 1, §17, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 35-A MRSA §3211-C, sub-§2, ¶B, as amended by PL 2007, c. 29, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. Rules amended. The Public Utilities Commission shall amend its rules pertaining to the solar energy rebate program under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 3211-C.
1. The commission shall amend its rules to implement the provisions of this Act that amend Title 35-A, section 3211-C.
2. The commission shall amend its rules that pertain to requirements for obtaining a rebate to include language that states that an application for a solar thermal system rebate must include a copy of the certificate of competency issued by the commission to the installer and, if the solar thermal system incorporates the heating of potable water, the application must include a copy of the master plumber's license or license number.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.