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About this course

This 10-Hour course on energy storage and the 2020 NEC is designed for experienced professionals looking to get the most out of their CEUs. Sean White and Bill Brooks are two of the best teachers you'll find in the industry and their goal with this course is to unlock significant growth in the solar + storage market.

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Learning Objectives

  • Get - or keep - your NABCEP certification.
  • Bring NEC expertise to your next solar + storage project.

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Course outline

3 modules • 42 assignments • 6:30 hours of video lectures

Welcome • 9 assignments
Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.

  • Introduction to 10-hour Energy Storage 2020 NEC Class (08:29 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Free Download and 2020 NEC Free Access
  • Books and resources
  • Live Online Proctoring (LOP) for All NABCEP Exams!
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn
  • Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code Book by Sean White and Bill Brooks
  • Discussion Board Request from Sean and Notes on Posting Discussion Board Questions
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board
Module 1 • 5 assignments
NEC Overview

  • Overview: NEC Chapters 4, 5 & 6. 4 is Equipment for General Use and includes 480 Storage Batteries, 5 is Special Occupancies and 6 is Special Equipment and includes 690 PV! (20:50 minutes)
  • Overview: NEC Chapter 7 Video 1 of 2 including Articles 705 Interconnections, 706 Energy Storage Systems and 710 Stand-Alone Systems (23:32 minutes)
  • Overview: NEC Chapter 7 Video 2 of 2, including Articles 710 Stand Alone Systems and 712 DC Microgrids (24:26 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 4 Featuring Article 480! Part 1 (15:38 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 4 Featuring Article 480! Part 2 (17:11 minutes)
Module 2 • 17 assignments
Energy Storage Systems (706) and Interconnections

  • 2020 National Electrical Code 706 With Bill Brooks Part 1 (20:04 minutes)
  • 2020 National Electrical Code 706 With Bill Brooks Part 2 (17:26 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 12 - 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Part 1 (25:51 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 12 - 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Part 2 (20:46 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks Energy Storage Systems Part 1 (22:29 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks Energy Storage Systems Part 2 (10:56 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks Storage Batteries Article 480 (03:30 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks EV Power Transfer Station (EV charging and EV to Grid) (05:38 minutes) Preview
  • Bill gets excited talking about 705.13 Power Control Systems (08:16 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 1 Supply and Load Side Connections (07:44 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 2 with ESS Implications and Markets (11:51 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 3 More 705.13 PCS and MIDs (08:04 minutes)
  • More EV to Grid-Full Circle with Bill Brooks (07:14 minutes) Preview
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 4 Supply-Side Connections and Microgrids (10:16 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 5 Wire Sizing and Supply-Side Connections (05:52 minutes) Preview
  • NEC Update for IPCs effective 1/1/23 even for the 2020 NEC.
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 6 Load-Side Connections (26:10 minutes)
Module 3 • 7 assignments
More NEC

  • Answer to Question on Connecting PV System to a Split Bus Panel (10:59 minutes)
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - SolarPro (PDF) (.pdf)
  • Code Compliant Conductor Sizing: a 2021 take on a 2011 SolarPro Article Part 1 (16:41 minutes)
  • Code Compliant Conductor Sizing: a 2021 take on a 2011 SolarPro Article Part 2 (18:55 minutes)
  • Wire Sizing (Chapter 12 PV and the NEC) (.pdf)
  • PV UL Listing 1703 transitioned to UL 61730 (.pdf)
  • Grounding electrode schemes and transformers with emphasis on utility-scale (double advanced topic). (21:27 minutes)
Conclusion • 4 assignments
Feedback and Additional Resources

This is our last module but you still have access to the all of course materials for 12 months (1 year), so keep working and you'll be able to complete the course at your own pace. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate

Continuing Education Units

Approved for the following CEUs

  • NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours
  • NABCEP PV Associate Renewal

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours

NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
10 10 10 10 10 0
0 10 0 0 0 0
10 10 10 10 10 0
10 10 10 10 10 0
10 10 10 10 10 0
5 10 0 10 10 0
10 10 10 10 10 0
0 10 10 0 0 0

NABCEP Registered Provider

This course counts towards the training requirements for taking NABCEP professional certification exams and CEUs for renewing all certifications.


  • Sean White

    2014 IREC Trainer of the Year, HeatSpring / White House Energy Inc. / Sean White Solar / Norcal Solar
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    Sean White was the 2014 Interstate Renewable Energy Council Trainer of the Year. He is an IREC Certified Solar PV Master Trainer and has authored several books on solar. He contributed to the development of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Job Task Analysis and has been a member of the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Technical Committee. Sean is a... Learn more

  • Bill Brooks

    Principal, Brooks Engineering
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    Bill Brooks PE, of Brooks Engineering LLC, has over 30 years of experience designing, installing, and evaluating grid-connected PV systems. More than 12,000 installers and inspectors have attended his courses throughout the U.S. and abroad. His field troubleshooting skills have been valuable in determining where problems occur to focus training on those issues of... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. This 3 module course is delivered entirely online. This course is self-paced and you can set your own schedule to complete the materials. You can begin the lecture videos and other course materials as soon as you enroll. During your year of access the instructor will be in the course answering questions on the discussion board. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to generate a certificate of completion.
How long do I have access to the materials?
Students get unlimited access to the course materials as soon as they enroll and for one year (365 days) after enrollment. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world. After the one year of access expires, access can be extended by joining as a HeatSpring member. A single membership extends access to course materials for all past enrollments.
Is there a certificate of completion?
Yes, when you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our LinkedIn integration.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes please visit our HeatSpring for Teams page to get a group discount.


Based on 126 reviews
students have taken this course

I loved the course and it was extremely helpful. I truly believe that V2G technology can solve a lot of the problems that are coming to the crib that the EV's are going to cause. I loved that Sean and Bill touched on this and made it abundantly clear about how to make that happen. Thanks for a great course!

Cory Vanderpool
CEO, CR Power

It's not a 10 hour course with nothing but silent powerpoints that you are forced to watch in players that have no speed control or fast forward or rewind controls. Sean connects with you and brings you into the code, clarifies it and helps you remember it with humor. I highly recommend his course.

Michael Frank
CEO, Driven Solar

These are the smartest guys on the planet, if you really want to tap into their matrix take the course!

Nathan Coggins
Owner, Appalachian Properties

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