On October 7, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015. The new law had several objectives including increasing the procurement of electricity from renewable sources from 33% to 50% by 2030, and doubling the energy efficiency savings in electricity and natural gas for consumers via energy efficiency and conservation.
In effect, this means that contractors across the board will be encouraged to implement renewable energy sources for their clients.
Pool contractors should take note that, in California, it is necessary to have a C-53 Swimming Pool Contractors license if they want to install solar heating or connect solar power to a pool system.
Contractors with a C-61, D-35 license can work on existing solar systems but they cannot install or construct new systems. All pool construction and underground work falls under the C-53 license.
Ashley Caldwell, a public information officer for the California State Licensing Board, confirmed that solar heating is already covered by C-53, so contractors that currently have a C-53 can continue or begin solar construction on their pool projects.