2020 NEC PV, Energy Storage, Building and Fire Codes for PV System Inspectors

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Instructors: Sean White, Bill Brooks

Subjects: Solar: Batteries and Storage, Solar: NABCEP, Solar: Certification Prep, Solar: Inspection, O&M

Length: 5 modules

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Description

This course is intended for PV System Inspectors and covers Photovoltaics combined with Energy Storage Systems (ESS) and the 2020 National Electric Code (NEC).

This is the best way to prepare for and pass the NABCEP PV System Inspector Certification Exam and it is also an excellent way for PV Inspectors to understand how the NEC applies to Solar + Storage and how to properly inspect systems.

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Earn Continuing Education Credits

Approved for: NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, NABCEP NEC, NABCEP JTA, NABCEP RE Elective, NABCEP Building or Fire Code, NABCEP PV Associate Renewal.

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours by Credential and Category

NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
PV Installation Professional Certification 30 30 28 30 12 2
PV Associate Credential 0 12 0 0 0 0
PV Design Specialist Certification 24 30 28 30 12 2
PV C&M Specialist Certification 24 30 28 30 12 2
PV Technical Sales Certification 15 30 0 15 30 0
PV System Inspector Certification 0 28 28 0 0 0
PV Installer Specialist Certification 24 30 28 30 12 2

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Instructors

Sean White

2014 IREC Trainer of the Year

Sean White was the 2014 Interstate Renewable Energy Council Trainer of the Year. He is an ISPQ 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...[more]

Bill Brooks

Principal, Brooks Engineering

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...[more]

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Course Outline

Welcome - 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 HeatSpring (Video - 01:25 minutes) Preview
  • Intro to Course (Video - 05:24 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Free Download and 2020 NEC Free Access (Resource)
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
Module 1 - NEC Overview

Before we dive deep into NEC articles specific to PV and ESS, we are going to get more familiar with the rest of the NEC, from a PV and ESS point of view.

  • Module 1 Organization (Text)
  • Memorize and Familiarize: NEC Articles 100 Definitions and 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations (Video - 10:12 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize: NEC Articles 200-250 including 230 Services, 240 Overcurrent Protection and 250 Grounding and Bonding (Video - 10:11 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize: NEC Chapter 3 Wiring Methods and Materials, including the 310 Tables and different Articles on installing Conduits, such as EMT or Cables (Video - 11:09 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize: 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! (Video - 20:50 minutes)
  • Memorize and Familiarize: NEC Chapter 7 Video 1 of 2 including Articles 705 Interconnections, 706 Energy Storage Systems and 710 Stand-Alone Systems (Video - 23:32 minutes) Preview
  • Memorize and Familiarize: NEC Chapter 7 Video 2 of 2, including Articles 710 Stand Alone Systems and 712 DC Microgrids (Video - 24:26 minutes) Preview
  • Memorize and Familiarize: NEC Chapter 9 Tables and Annex C Conduit and Tubing Fill Tables for Conductors and Fixture Wires of the Same Size (Video - 08:26 minutes)
  • Audio 2020 NEC Article 690 Reading - Radio 690! (Audio .m4a)
  • NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 1 of 2 (Video - 29:57 minutes)
  • NEC Article 100 Definitions Part 2 of 2 (Video - 34:02 minutes)
  • NEC Article 110 Requirements for Electrical Installations (Video - 38:59 minutes) Preview
  • NEC Article 200 Grounded Conductors (Video - 32:56 minutes)
  • NEC Articles 210 Branch Circuits, 215 Feeders and 230 Services (Video - 20:47 minutes)
  • NEC Article 240 Overcurrent Protection (Video - 42:09 minutes)
  • NEC Article 250 Grounding and Bonding (Video - 47:25 minutes) Preview
  • NEC Article 300 General Requirements for Wiring Methods and Materials (Video - 36:34 minutes)
  • NEC Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Part 1 (Video - 33:32 minutes) Preview
  • NEC Article 310 Conductors for General Wiring Part 2 (Video - 26:41 minutes)
  • 320 to 358 Common Wiring Methods like EMT (Video - 32:18 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 4 Featuring Article 480! (Video - 32:31 minutes)
  • NEC Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8 (Video - 10:42 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 9 Tables Part 1 (Video - 28:19 minutes)
  • NEC Chapter 9 Tables Part 2 (Video - 34:24 minutes)
  • Informational Annexes (Video - 11:08 minutes)
Module 2 - NEC Article 690 PV Systems

Article 690 was first put into the NEC in 1984.

  • Read NEC Article 690 PV Systems (Text)
  • Listen to Sean read NEC 690 on his podcast (Text)
  • 2017 Versus 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) (Text)
  • 2017 NEC Video 1 - Introduction to 690.2 (Video - 18:42 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 2 - 690.7 Voltage (Video - 16:59 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 3 - 690.8 Current (Video - 22:18 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 4 - 690.9 Overcurrent Protection (Video - 14:13 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 5 - 690.10 Stand-Alone Systems and 690.11 DC Arc-Fault Protection (Video - 06:00 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 6 - 690.12 Rapid Shutdown Showdown Part 1 (Video - 21:12 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 6 - 690.12 Rapid Shutdown Showdown Part 2 (Video - 25:23 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 7 - 690 Part III Disconnecting Means (Video - 19:32 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 8 - 690 Part IV Wiring Methods (Video - 30:06 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 9 - 690 Part V Grounding and Bonding (Video - 34:47 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 10 - 690 Part VI to End of Article 690 (Video - 23:03 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 11 - 691 Large-Scale Photovoltaic (Video - 19:10 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on Rapid Shutdown Part 1 Outside of the Array Boundary (Video - 14:57 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on Rapid Shutdown Part 2 inside of the Array Boundary (Video - 20:17 minutes)
  • News: 690.12(B)(2)(1) Rapid Shutdown UL Listing (Text)
Module 3 - Module 3 Energy Storage Systems (706) and Interconnections (705)

If you are studying for the NABCEP PV System Inspector (PVSI) exam, you do not need to focus as much on ESS. ESS is a hot topic and very important in real life, which is more important than what NABCEP puts on exams. Article 706 ESS was new in the 2017 NEC and much of it came out of Article 690. It was originally meant to replace Article 480 Storage Batteries, however 480 was kept in the NEC. Article 690 points us to 706 when using energy storage systems and not 480. Different AHJs interpret this differently and the NEC can sometimes contradict itself as we will learn. Article 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources is very important for both PV and ESS and is definitely a part of the PVSI exam.

  • 2020 NEC Article 706 Energy Storage Systems (Video - 37:47 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video - 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Part 1 (26 minutes) (Video - 25:51 minutes)
  • 2017 NEC Video 12 - 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources Part 2 (21 minutes) (Video - 20:46 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks Energy Storage Systems (Video - 22:29 minutes) Preview
  • Bill Brooks talks Energy Storage Systems (Video - 10:56 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks Storage Batteries Article 480 (Video - 03:30 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks EV Power Transfer Station (Video - 05:38 minutes)
  • Bill gets excited talking about 705.13 Power Control Systems (Video - 08:16 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 1 Supply and Load Side Connections (Video - 07:44 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 2 with ESS Implications and Markets (Video - 11:51 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 3 More 705.13 PCS and MIDs (Video - 08:04 minutes)
  • More EV to Grid-Full Circle with Bill Brooks (Video - 07:14 minutes) Preview
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 4 Supply-Side Connections and Microgrids (Video - 10:16 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 5 Wire Sizing and Supply-Side Connections (Video - 05:52 minutes) Preview
  • Bill Brooks on 705 Video 6 Load-Side Connections (Video - 26:10 minutes)
Module 4 - More NEC and some Building Codes

Here we have some extras.

  • Answer to Question on Connecting PV System to a Split Bus Panel (Video - 10:59 minutes)
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - SolarPro (PDF) (Download .pdf)
  • Code Compliant Conductor Sizing: a 2021 take on a 2011 SolarPro Article Part 1 (Video - 16:41 minutes)
  • Code Compliant Conductor Sizing: a 2021 take on a 2011 SolarPro Article Part 2 (Video - 18:55 minutes)
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - Part 1 (Video - 22:23 minutes)
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - Part 2 (Video - 35:39 minutes)
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - Part 3 (Video - 46:25 minutes)
  • Wire Sizing (Chapter 12 PV and the NEC) (Download .pdf)
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 1- 2020 NFPA 855 Energy Storage Systems, IRC, IBC, IFC, NFPA 1, ICC (Video - 08:41 minutes) Preview
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 2 Roof Setbacks (Video - 30:55 minutes)
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 3 The ICC i-codes (Video - 13:55 minutes)
  • PV UL Listing 1703 transitioned to UL 61730 (Download .pdf)
  • Utility Scale Grounding Discussion (Video - 21:38 minutes) Preview
Module 5 - PV System Inspector (PVSI) Exam

Here is a good representation of the PVSI exam, with some added energy storage questions. There is a lot of learning to be had here, especially when you read the explanations of the answers with the downloadable PDF. For those of you taking the PVSI exam, this PDF is the most valuable part of this course. Remember, the PVSI exam is the least expensive NABCEP Certification exam at $150 and has no prerequisites, so even if you were not planning on taking it, hey you got this far, why not! Maybe it will be the best investment of your life! Even if you are not going to take the PVSI exam, all of this information is relevant, so you do need to take the exam in order to complete this course. Remember, all of the answers are on a downloadable PDF right after the exam, so you too will pass.

  • PV System Inspector Exam (Quiz)
  • PV System Inspector Exam answers with explanations (Download .pdf)
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 (Text)
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member (Resource)
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)
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