Solar PV Code Trainings & Resources

The following free trainings and resources on solar PV, code compliance, and inspections are available to all solar contractors and building inspectors.  Stay tuned for upcoming in-person solar PV trainings!

  • On-line Solar PV Code Training (Free for building officials and inspectors)
    The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Training & Education Resource (NTER) have partnered to develop and offer a free online training program for building and electrical code officials who perform inspections of residential photovoltaic (PV) solar energy installations. The aim of this training program is to help establish a consistent and streamlined PV inspection process in jurisdictions throughout the country--saving time and reducing costs for consumers. CEUs are availalbe. Please share this resource with your colleagues and code officials across the state.
    • All DC wires must be sized according to NEC 690.8.
    • DC overcurrent protection must be in place according to NEC 690.9
    • DC disconnecting means must be in accordance with NEC 690.17
    • DC conductors must be in protected raceways in accordance with NEC 690.31
    • The solar system must be grounded according to NEC 690.41 through 690.50.
    • Labels must be installed on equipment according to NEC 690.51 through 690.56
    • All wires must be protected from harm and secured
    • Inverters must be in there NEMA rated locations.
    • Inverters must be installed in accordance with NEC 110.26
    • The mounting location must be a structural fit for the Inverters
    • The Modules must be securely fastened to the Racking.
    • The Modules must be grounded to the racking or directly to the grounding conductor
    • The installation should be in straight lines, flush with each other and without shading issues
    • Proper overcurrent protection devices must be installed
    • The bus rating on the load center may not be exceeded and must be in accordance to NEC 705.12
    • The load center must be labeled according to NEC 705.12 (D) (7)
    • Batteries must be installed in accordance with NEC 690.71 and 480

 

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