Photovoltaic Systems and the 2017 NEC


Length: 1 week

Instructor: Dr. Sean White

Subjects: Solar: Design and Installation


The 2017 National Electric Code (NEC) is here and the adoption cycle has begun. This course is be 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.

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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Self-Paced Online Course

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Dr. Sean White

2014 IREC Trainer of the Year

Dr. 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]

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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 complete the material whenever is convenient and work ahead or catch up if you fall behind. The course discussion board is a great place to interact with other students and ask questions. Expect to dedicate a minimum of 5 hours per week to the course. This session runs for the posted dates and you will receive weekly emails to keep you on pace. Course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after the course ends. Please review the orientation materials and introduce yourself on the discussion board.

  • Introduction to HeatSpring (1 minute) (Video) preview
  • Set up email notifications and your student profile (Text)
  • Join the Alumni Network: Add education to your LinkedIn profile in one click (Resource)
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board (Text)
Week 1 - 2017 National Electric Code (NEC) for Solar Installers

  • Free Digial Version of the 2017 NEC (Resource)
  • 2017 NEC Video 1 - Intro to 690.2 (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 2 - 690.7 Voltage (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 3 - 690.8 Current (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 3 - 690.8 Current (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 4 - 690.9 Overcurrent Protection (Video)
  • 2017 NEC Video 5 - 690.10 Stand-Alone Systems and 690.11 DC Arc-Fault Protection (Video)
After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

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  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey (Survey)
  • Consider Joining as a Founding Member (Resource)
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate (Certificate)
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