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Benefits of Hiring a Certified Contractor and/or Accredited Companies


Hiring a nationally-certified contractor and/or an accredited company to perform your energy efficiency and renewable energy projects ensures professional, quality work that meets today’s nationally-recognized standards and practices.

Understanding Certifications and Accreditations

Independent, third-party certification requires that an individual conforms to specified standards, and often involves a written, and sometimes a field or practical exam. Individuals who have been certified through nationally-recognized organizations are trained to build, install, and service clean energy equipment/systems using best practices and quality work.

Accredited photovoltaic installers and Home Performance companies also adhere to a set of industry-recognized best practices. They distinguish themselves by committing to high quality installation standards, safe work practices, and customer satisfaction.

Accreditation organizations include:

  • North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners’(NABCEP).
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) Home Performance Company.
  • Individual photovoltaic or clean-energy equipment manufacturers.

Finding a Certified Contractor

Choosing a qualified contractor to perform your energy efficiency and renewable energy projects can be a daunting task. If you already have a company in mind, please verify that their staff is certified and the company is accredited. Consult NYSERDA's comprehensive list of residential, and renewable companies, which is searchable by county.