About this course

Hour 1- Solar Building Codes and Fire Codes

  • National Fire Protection Association 855 Energy Storage Systems
  • Building Codes overview
  • ICC Codes (i-codes)
  • IRC International Residential Code
  • IBC International Building Code
  • IFC International Fire Code
  • NFPA-1 Fire Code
  • ISEP International Solar Energy Provisions
  • Setbacks and roof area for PV

Hour 2- 2020 NEC Energy Storage, Rapid Shutdown and Electric Vehicle charging from a PV Installation point of view

  • 690.12 Rapid Shutdown
  • Article 625 Electric Vehicle Power Transfer System
  • Article 706 Energy Storage Systems

This is an advanced topics class. If you are not already familiar with the topics in the title of this course, you are welcome to take this class, however you may not understand the conversation. Most people taking this course are NABCEP certified.

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Course outline

1 module • 19 assignments • 2:10 hours of video lectures

Module 1 • 14 assignments
Solar Building Codes, Fire Codes, EVs, Rapid Shutdown and Energy Storage Systems for NABCEP Credit

  • Introduction (fun) (02:17 minutes)
  • 1897 NEC Presentation (optional) (.pdf)
  • Go-At-Your-Own-Pace
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 1- 2020 NFPA 855 Energy Storage Systems, IRC, IBC, IFC, NFPA 1, ICC (08:41 minutes)
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 2 Roof Setbacks (30:55 minutes)
  • Building and Fire Codes with Bill Brooks Part 3 The ICC i-codes (13:50 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on Rapid Shutdown Part 1 Outside of the Array Boundary (14:57 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks on Rapid Shutdown Part 2 inside of the Array Boundary (20:17 minutes)
  • Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Video 1 Article 706 (22:29 minutes) Preview
  • Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Video 2 Article 706 (10:56 minutes)
  • Bill Brooks talks EV Power Transfer Station (EV charging and EV to Grid) (05:38 minutes)
  • Connect with your instructor Sean on LinkedIn
  • Live Online Proctoring (LOP) for All NABCEP Exams!
  • Jokes

Continuing Education Units

Approved for the following CEUs

  • NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours
  • NABCEP RE Elective
  • NABCEP Building or Fire Code
  • NABCEP PV Associate Renewal

NABCEP Registered Provider

This course counts towards the training requirements for taking NABCEP professional certification exams and CEUs for renewing all certifications.


  • Bill Brooks

    Principal, Brooks Engineering
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    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... Learn more

  • Sean White

    2014 IREC Trainer of the Year, HeatSpring / White House Energy Inc. / Sean White Solar / Norcal Solar
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    Sean White was the 2014 Interstate Renewable Energy Council Trainer of the Year. He is an IREC 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... Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. This 1 module course is delivered entirely online. The lecture video and other materials are available any time. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to generate a certificate of completion.
How long do I have access to the materials?
Students get unlimited access to the course materials for as long as their membership remains active.
Is there a certificate of completion?
Yes, when you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our LinkedIn integration.
Can I register multiple people?
Yes please visit our HeatSpring for Teams page to get a group discount.


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