The Laws of Florida (§377.705, FS) require that all solar systems manufactured or sold in the state of Florida comply with Solar Equipment Standards promulgated by the Florida Solar Energy Center® (FSEC®). These solar certification and testing standards cover both solar thermal equipment and solar electric equipment. The Florida Solar Energy Center® works closely with industry, the research and development community, and other interested stakeholders to ensure that its Standards encourage the effective use of renewable energy resources and protect the consumers of the state of Florida.
Photovoltaic System Certification
Photovoltaic (PV) system certification covers any type of PV system that is either interconnected with the utility grid or is a stand-alone system. The system is examined for compliance to minimum standards and industry-recognized best practices. The system evaluation is based on the complete design and documentation packages that accompany the application for design review.
- Florida Solar Energy Center’s Online PV System Certification
- Legacy Application for FSEC PV System Certification [ PDF] | FSEC Standard 203-10
- Certified PV Systems List
Photovoltaic Module Registration
Photovoltaic equipment is rated for performance, examined for compliance to minimum standards, and approved to bear a label of certification from FSEC. Note: Modules must be registered for use in FSEC PV-certified systems.
Photovoltaic Module Testing
Manufacturers can have PV modules tested to IEC Standard 61215 or IEC 61646 to determine performance characteristics.
Learn More: Photovoltaic Module Testing
Solar Thermal (Domestic Hot Water and Pool Heating)
The FSEC Standards for solar thermal collectors and solar thermal systems accept certifications from the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation™ (SRCC) or the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). A streamlined certification program removes barriers between the FSEC certification process and the SRCC and IAPMO certification processes.
Although the Florida Solar Energy Center is no longer conducting standardized testing of solar thermal collectors and systems, existing FSEC certifications will be valid and maintained. While FSEC maintains its existing certifications, solar thermal venders are encouraged to apply for new certifications through SRCC or IAPMO as national certifications.
- Accredited Test Laboratories for standardized solar thermal tests
- FSEC Standards for solar thermal collectors and systems (FSECstd 101-15)
Verification of the authenticity of solar thermal collector or system certification can be determined at the following links:
- FSEC Solar Thermal Certifications
- SRCC Solar Thermal Certifications
- IAPMO Solar Thermal Certifications