Photovoltaics and the 2020 NEC (no NABCEP credit) - Self Study


Authors: Sean White, Bill Brooks

Subjects: Solar: Design and Installation

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Important note: Since this is a free course, it does not qualify for NABCEP credits or CEUs. We do offer a paid version of this course, which contains the same exact content and also access to me (instructor Sean White) on the discussion board for a full year. I'll answer any and all questions you have. The paid version of the course includes 2 NABCEP CEU hours.

If you don't need the hours and don't need to ask me questions, then go ahead and take this free version of the course!

Bill Brooks and Sean White published the book Photovoltaics and the National Electric Code, which was based on the 2017 NEC and are currently writing a 2020 NEC version.

In this free self-serve course, Sean and Bill will cover the new 2020 NEC, 2017 NEC as well as Energy Storage. Bill and Sean have been teaching NEC Workshops together for 8 years and together have over 40 years of PV training experience. Sean was the 2014 IREC Trainer of the year and was awarded the 2019 APVIA award for Academic Contribution in Shanghai.

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This is a self-study, self-paced online course. You can begin instantly upon enrollment and complete the course materials on your own pace.

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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]

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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]

Course Outline

Photovoltaics and the 2020 NEC

  • Welcome! (Text)
  • A Note about this Free Course (no NABCEP credit) (Text)
  • Go-At-Your-Own-Pace (Text)
  • 2020 NEC Video 1 Intro and what defines a PV system (Video - 15:03 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 2, AC and DC Coupling, 690.2 definitions (Video - 15:52 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 3 Voltage (Video - 16:05 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 4 Bifacial, Solsmart Permit Process, Voltage Irradiance and Temp. (Video - 15:19 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 5 690.8 Current! (Video - 16:42 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 6 690.8 and 690.8(A)(2) Circuits Connected to Electronic Power Converters (Video - 15:30 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 7 of 8 (Video - 18:08 minutes)
  • 2020 NEC Video 8 of 8 (Video - 18:56 minutes)
  • Quiz hints from the NEC (Download .pdf)
  • 2020 NEC Quiz (Quiz)
  • Code-Compliant Conductor Sizing - SolarPro Article (Download .pdf)
  • Sandia Report (Download .pdf)

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