June 15, 2017
12:00-1:30 PM MT
San Francisco, California
July 1, 2017
As solar installations continue to grow exponentially, there is an increasing need for other professions to know more about solar technologies. Firefighters, local code officials and electrical and building inspectors need a thorough understanding about solar technologies if the solar sector is to continue growing in a safe and sustainable way.
To meet this need, the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative provided funding to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) to develop Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP). Working with partners in related fields, IREC created a number of training resources for allied professionals whose jobs require some knowledge of solar technology.
IREC’s STEP partners are:
- The International Association of Fire Fighters and National Association of State Fire Marshals represent the fire service.
- The International Code Council’s Solar Rating & Certification Corporation and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) represent a wide range of code officials and building and electrical inspectors.
- Private sector partners Interplay Learning and Embedded Assessments support development, delivery and evaluation of training.
STEP is presenting Solar Updates in the 2017 National Electrical Code, an interactive webinar June 15. This interactive webinar will cover new articles, such as large scale photovoltaic (PV) electric supply stations and energy storage systems, and changes to existing provisions like rapid shutdown and grounding of PV systems. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance, or during the webinar. The event is free and continuing education units (CEUs) are available.
Training in person
For solar professionals in California, an in-person workshop has been scheduled in conjunction with Intersolar North America in San Francisco, July 12. The half-day training session is one in a series of national forums on solar codes and safety specifically for local building planners and inspectors, architects, builders, solar installers and others who will benefit, including fire officials.
National solar code and technical experts will discuss the most recent solar code updates and impact on those tasked with enforcement. The material will cover much of the same ground as the webinar but in more detail, with an eye on California. Other solar code enforcement considerations, including permitting and first responder safety, will be discussed. After attending this session, participants will be able to:
- Identify three or more solar code updates
- Explain the impact of one or more solar code changes
- Navigate to solar code resources, including best practices for permitting
The forum is also eligible for CEUs from the International Code Council, IAEI and North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.
Training on demand
In addition to these upcoming training opportunities, STEP offers specific free online training courses for code officials PV Online Training for Code Officials and firefighters Solar PV Safety for Firefighters Online Course.
For questions about the Solar Codes and Safety Forum contact IREC at 518-621-7379.
Source: Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 5/22/17