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NFPA 855 and Fire Code Requirements for ESS - Self Study


Authors: Justine Sanchez, Ryan Mayfield

Subjects: Solar: Batteries and Storage, Solar: NABCEP

Length: 1 module

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Course 2 of 2 in the Mayfield Renewables Solar+Storage Sequence

About this Course:
It's no secret that the solar industry is quickly becoming the solar + storage industry. Don't take our word for it; according to Swinerton CEO George Hershman, “Everything in 2022 will have a storage component — the vast majority will have storage in 2021. Everything in California and the West, every contracted asset is going to have storage. We’re seeing the scale go up and cost go down — and we understand how to monetize it — it’s here to stay.”

Our new solar + storage course series is designed to help system designers and engineers, as well as building officials, project managers, installers, and sales staff stay up-to-date and ahead of the curve for one of the most dynamic sectors of the PV industry.

This two-hour course, the second in our solar+storage sequence, covers National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 855 and UL9540 standards as they relate to design and installation considerations, as well as their intersection with the International Fire Code (IFC) and NFPA 1 Fire Code.

The course is self-paced and can be taken at any point within 12 months of enrollment. During that time, you will have access to the course videos and all course materials, including a copy of the presentation with easy-to-understand tables, maps, and timelines designed to be used for future reference. Not sure which Codes may apply to your project? We built the presentation to help find answers quickly and intuitively.

About our Solar + Storage Workshop Series:
Throughout the year, we will continue to post additional solar + storage courses to our HeatSpring page on topics ranging from codes and standards to design best practices to an in-depth overview of the energy storage product market.

The courses are designed to be taken as a full sequence for a more holistic approach to solar + storage learning, or taken a la carte for industry professionals with significant experience in certain subject areas. You can see both courses offered together here.

Next up in our workshop series is a course covering the ESS product landscape. This course will be posted in the coming months. In the meantime, please reach out to us at education@mayfield.energy with any questions or comments you have.

Interested in taking this course privately as a group? We also offer each course as a live workshop led by our instructor, Justine Sanchez. Find more information here: https://www.mayfield.energy/workshops

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Earn Continuing Education Credits

Approved for: NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, NABCEP NEC, NABCEP JTA, NABCEP RE Elective, 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 (PVIP) Certification 2 2 0 2 2 2
PV Associate (PVA) Credential 0 2 0 0 0 0
PV Design Specialist (PVDS) Certification 2 2 0 2 2 2
PV Installer Specialist (PVIS) Certification 2 2 0 2 2 2
PV Technical Sales (PVTS) Certification 2 2 0 2 2 2
PV Commissioning & Maintenance Specialist (PVCMS) Certification 2 2 0 2 2 2
PV System Inspector (PVSI) Certification 2 2 0 0 2

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Justine Sanchez

Solar+Storage Program Director, Mayfield Renewables

As Solar + Storage Program Director for Mayfield Renewables, Justine spends her days developing and teaching workshops on energy storage systems, reviewing electrical plan sets for PV and solar-plus-storage projects, and acting as a project consultant and facilitator for commercial-scale solar-plus-storage systems. Since 1993, Justine has played many technical roles...[more]

Ryan Mayfield

Founder & CEO, Mayfield Renewables

Ryan Mayfield has been working in the renewable energy field since 1999 and is the President of Mayfield Renewables (formerly Renewable Energy Associates), a consulting firm providing design, support and educational services for electrical contractors, architectural and engineering firms, manufacturers and government agencies. Ryan served as Photovoltaic Systems...[more]

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Course Outline

NFPA 855 and Fire Code Requirements for ESS

  • Presentation Materials (Download .pdf)
  • Part 1: Course Introduction (Video - 04:16 minutes)
  • Part 2: Why Fire Codes Are Important (Video - 05:13 minutes)
  • Part 3: Fire Codes Timeline For Energy Storage Systems (Video - 10:58 minutes)
  • Part 4: Fire Codes Across the U.S. (Video - 14:30 minutes)
  • Part 5: Oregon Example Fire Codes (Video - 07:33 minutes) Preview
  • Part 6: NFPA 855 Overview and Residential Requirements (Video - 10:55 minutes)
  • Part 7: NFPA 855 Commercial Requirements (Video - 13:15 minutes)
  • Part 8: NFPA 855 Labeling Requirements and Annexes (Video - 04:15 minutes)
  • Part 9: UL9540 Listing and Testing (Video - 13:06 minutes)
  • Part 10: Summary and Conclusion (Video - 04:58 minutes)
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