“One of the things most valuable for a contractor is building confidence with an inspector so they feel you know and follow the applicable codes and standards.”
Don Hughes, 20+ year code official with Santa Clara County, Calif.
PV systems can be as straightforward as many of the electrical system code officials review or inspect, but the technology is advancing at lightning speed, with new related electrical codes and constantly evolving best practices. Keeping up is critical, as is improving the plan review process to help authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) complete a solar plan review as effectively and efficiently as other plans.
Recognizing this urgent need, IREC and industry partners IAEI (International Association of Electrical Inspectors) and the International Code Council’s Solar Rating & Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCC) developed new in-person and online solar training for code officials.
IREC’s Learning Online website features video-based interactive solar training targeted specifically for code officials, focused on a comprehensive process to inspect five types of solar systems. IAEI, International Code Council and NABCEP offer continuing education units.