Photovoltaic Systems and the 2017 National Electric Code (NEC)


Instructor: Sean White

Subjects: Solar: Design and Installation

Length: 1 module

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The 2017 National Electric Code (NEC) is here and the adoption cycle has begun. This course is jam-packed with 2017 NEC insight and interpretation. Sean compares and contrasts the 2014 NEC to the 2017 NEC, with special emphasis on the rapid shutdown and interconnection requirements of the Code.

PV is on the cover of the NEC and there are new articles affecting the industry, such as 691 Large-Scale PV Electric Supply Stations, 706 Energy Storage Systems, 710 Stand-Alone Systems, 712 DC Micro-Grid Systems.

NABCEP has also now adopted the code and NEC 2017 is now in use on the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam. This course is now completely updated with videos and materials needed to prepare for the new NABCEP exam covering the 2017 NEC.

There are many changes in the 2017 NEC. Everything that you thought you knew about grounding has functionally changed. 1500V systems, voltage and current definitions, labeling, be prepared!

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Free Preview - 2017 NEC Video 6 - 690.12 Rapid Shutdown Showdown (53 minutes)
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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]

Free Preview - 2017 NEC Video 6 - 690.12 Rapid Shutdown Showdown (53 minutes)

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.

  • 2017 NEC Free Download (Resource)
  • Introduction to HeatSpring (1 minute) (Video) preview
  • NABCEP and US jurisdiction adoption of the 2017 NEC (Text)
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • New 2017 NEC Book Released! Photovoltaic Systems and the National Electric Code (Resource)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
  • Important: Purchase a copy of "Solar PV Engineering and Installation: Preparation for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification" (Download .pdf)
Module 1 - 2017 National Electric Code (NEC) for Solar Installers

  • Free Digital Version of the 2017 NEC (Resource)
  • 2017 NEC Video 1 - Intro to 690.2 (22:19 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 2 - 690.7 Voltage (20:43 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 3 - 690.8 Current (25:46 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 4 - 690.9 Overcurrent Protection (16:26 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 5 - 690.10 Stand-Alone Systems and 690.11 DC Arc-Fault Protection (7:10 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 6 - 690.12 Rapid Shutdown Showdown (53 minutes) (Video) preview
  • 2017 NEC Video 7 - 690 Part III Disconnecting Means (22 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 8 - 690 Part IV Wiring Methods (35 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 9 - 690 Part V Grounding and Bonding (40 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 10 - 690 Part VI to End of Article 690 (26 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 11 - 691 Large-Scale Photovoltaic (PV) Electric Power Production Facility (23 minutes) (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 12 - 705 Interconnected Power Production Sources (58 minutes) (Video)
  • Practice Exam 70 Questions (Quiz)
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 use this module to print your certificate of completion and submit survey feedback when you are done. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)
  • Corona Announcement: All NABCEP Exams can be taken at home (Text)
Free Preview - 2017 NEC Video 6 - 690.12 Rapid Shutdown Showdown (53 minutes)

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