Course name: Solar Permitting Plan Review
- Intended audience: Those who review plans and inspect solar systems for code compliance
- Format: Face-to-face
- Length: 6 hours
- Instructor: IAEI and ICC-SRCC instructors
Solar Permitting Plan Review is an interactive course designed to provide a practical and consistent plan review process. A code official who is a national expert in solar plan review facilitates as participants learn how to evaluate a plan for compliance. There is an emphasis on how to identify the errors most frequently encountered in the plan review phase and in the field inspection. Each participant is given a solar plan for learning.
After completing this training, the participant will be able to evaluate a complete solar permit package to ensure it is compliant with building, fire, and electrical codes relevant to the jurisdiction. A complete permit package is defined as a site plan, electrical diagram, manufacturers’ specification sheets, and installation instructions.
Course Learning Objectives
Given a (complete, but basic) residential plan, the participant will be able to determine if the plan is in compliance with applicable electrical, building, and fire codes.
Task-level learning objectives
Given the solar plan, each participant will confirm the following:
- The location of the roof top array meets requirements for access pathways and fire setbacks as required in local code: International fire code (IFC 605.11) or NFPA 1 (section 11.12).
- The quantity and spacing of array structural attachments are appropriate according to mounting system manufacturer’s installation instructions and appropriate for existing roof framing members.
- The attachments’ weather sealing detail is correct according to building code IRC section R909.3 and product installation instruction.
- AC and DC conductor size and type are correct in accordance with NEC Chapter 3, 690.7, 690.8, 690.31, 690.35, and 705.60.
- The module/mounting system combination achieves the required fire classification, equipment grounding/bonding in accordance with UL 1703, UL 2703, NEC 690.43 and 690.45.
- The location and rating of the PV system over-current protective device is in accordance with NEC 690.8, NEC 705.12, and NEC 705.60.
- The quantities of micro-inverters or AC modules per branch circuit are correct in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and NEC 690.8 and 705.60.
- All required disconnecting means, types, and locations are specified on plan in accordance with NEC 690.13 – 690.17 and/or utility.
- The plan includes description of all marking and labeling in accordance with IFC 605.11 or NFPA 1 section 11.12, NEC 690.17, NEC 690.31, NEC 690.53, and NEC 690.56.
- The existence of a rapid shutdown system (RSS) in accordance with NEC 690.12.
There is a multiple choice learning assessment at the end of the course. Each participant will evaluate a plan for compliance with applicable electrical, building, and fire codes.
CEUs are available through the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and International Code Council (ICC)
You will find a link to resources referenced in the training and a copy of the training presentation for download on the IREC website: irecusa.org/stepco