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  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    Whether you are being asked to design, install, or inspect an energy storage system, you’ll want to understand the opportunities energy storage presents and the plan for safe installations. Join us to engage with a diverse group of panelists to discuss why you should care about the exponential growth of these systems and what you can expect in the coming year. Get your questions answered live so you can benefit from the safe and widespread adoption of energy storage.

    Energy storage systems are here. 4.2GW of battery storage capacity was added to the U.S. grid in 2021, according to a recent report from BloombergNEF. And while much of that capacity is large scale storage systems, most of us are more likely to see the thousands of residential systems that will go in this year. Whether you are being asked to design, install, or inspect an energy storage system, you’ll want to understand the opportunities energy storage presents and the plan for safe installations. You will engage with a diverse group of panelists to discuss why you should care about the exponential growth of these systems and what you can expect in the coming year. Join and have your questions answered live so you can benefit from the safe and widespread adoption of energy storage. 

    Topics include:

    • What roles AHJs play in permitting and inspection
    • UL Standard 9540 and 9540A Test Method
    • Examples of adapting codes and standards for specific locations
    • ESS-readiness codes

    Diana Burk

    Project Manager

    New Buildings Institute

    New Buildings Institute is a non-profit whose mission is to push for better buildings that achieve zero energy, zero carbon and beyond through research, policy guidance and market transformation. Diana works to establish EV infrastructure and other building code requirements both locally and nationally to combat climate change. She also leads a DOE funded project to streamline the permitting and inspection process for Electric Vehicles. She has a B.S. in Physics from Davidson College and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

    Matt Paiss (Moderator)

    Technical Advisor

    Pacific Northwest National Lab

    Matthew Paiss serves as a Technical Advisor in the Battery Materials & Systems group. Prior to joining PNNL, he was the President of Energy Response Solutions, Inc (a Training & Consultation). He brings 28 yrs of emergency response experience retiring as a Fire Captain with the San Jose CA Fire Department. His background in renewable energy started in 1982 at ARCO Solar in Camarillo, CA before studying Solar Technology and Fire Science in Santa Cruz, CA. He spent 5 yrs in the semiconductor industry as a field service engineer prior to transitioning to the fire service. Matt has 10 years’ experience on RE Codes & Standards committees and currently serves on NFPA 855 Energy Storage Systems, UL Standards Technical Panels 9540, 1974, and IEC TC120. He served as a subject matter expert for the National Fire Protection Association on energy storage and has contributed to the model Fire Code sections on PV & ESS. He has delivered electrical safety training to over 8000 firefighters nationwide and has spoken across North America and in Europe on fire and PV/ESS Safety.

    Michael O'Brian

    Fire Chief

    Brighton Area Fire Authority (MI)

    Michael O’Brian is the Fire Chief for the Brighton Area Fire Authority. He serves on the IAFC Board of Directors and currently is serving to lead the IAFC Work Group on Lithium Ion Batteries.

    Doug Smith

    Energy Division Manager

    West Coast Code Consultants (WC3)

    Doug is the Energy Division Manager for West Coast Code Consultants (WC3). He has also been an inspector/plan reviewer for over 17 years. During his career he has obtained 19 ICC certifications, including Certified Building Official and Master Code Professional. Doug has taught hundreds of electrical, solar photovoltaic, and energy storage system classes throughout the United States. With WC3, he has performed well over 10,000 plan reviews for solar PV and ESS (small & large-scale) for many jurisdictions. He serves on the National Electrical Code as an Alternate Voting Member on Code Panel 10, representing IAEI. Doug also serves as an STP Member for five UL Standards: UL 9540, UL 1703/61730, UL 1741, UL 2703, and UL 6703.

    Daniella Leifer

    Distributed Generation Ombudsman

    Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York

    Daniella is the Distributed Generation Ombudsman with Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York.  She leads efforts to identify and resolve barriers to deployment of energy storage systems in the NYC market, by working with local agencies to streamline permitting and approval processes and creating tools and educational resources to assist project developers.  Prior to her role with Sustainable CUNY, Daniella was a training coordinator for a city-wide energy efficient building operations program, and also worked for several years in the non-profit sector.  The part of her job she enjoys most is the creative solution-finding that is involved in meeting the needs of a diverse variety of stakeholders.

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    Webinar Recorded in May 19, 2022 featuring Matt Paiss, Pacific Northwest National Lab and Brad Fox, Assistant Fire Marshal for Santa Clara County Central Fire District.

    This webinar features a discussion between a California Fire Marshal and an advisor to a DOE national lab on energy storage system safety.
    Key topics include:

    • What do AHJ’s need to know to approve residential & small commercial energy storage systems?
    • What are some of the key items that hold up approvals?
    • What improvements to the IFC/NFPA 855 do you feel are needed for ESS?
    • How do product standards like UL 9540 and testing like 9540A allow for safer installation of ESS?
    • Where can you find available training?

    Target audience:
    AHJs who enforce fire code (both NFPA and IFC) and other clean energy stakeholders interested in learning more about energy storage systems.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This course builds on what you learned in How to Use SolarAPP+ for Residential Rooftop Solar Projects. In this course, you will learn how to input project specifications related to energy storage systems and batteries.

    Learn how to accurately input energy storage related structural and electrical information into the SolarAPP+ tool and have permits for code compliant solar and storage systems issued in minutes.

     

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    An interactive mini-course to learn how to get started with EV charging at your building.

    If you are a building owner, you have almost certainly been asked about installing a charger for electric vehicles (EVs). These quiet, reliable, and efficient vehicles are growing in number and popularity. This interactive resource is designed to introduce building owners of multi-unit dwellings (MUDs) to the basic requirements associated with installing EV supply equipment (EVSE). You can get started today by learning more about the costs and benefits of installing an electric vehicle charging station at your site.

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    Take this 10 question quiz to see how you would evaluate the residential rooftop solar PV plan for compliance.

    Try this quiz after you have taken the courses related to fire-safety, structural, and electrical aspects of code compliance of a residential rooftop solar PV system. You will download the plan for a PV system, then evaluate different aspects for compliance - just as you would before issuing building and electrical permits. 

  • Contains 11 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn how to evaluate aspects of the plan prior to issuing an electrical permit for a residential rooftop solar PV system.

    In this three-hour course, you will practice evaluated the compliance of:

    • Fire Classification
    • Grounding/Bonding of Module-Rack
    • Conductors - DC Size and Type
    • Inverter AC output conductors and OCPD
    • Bus Size of Panelboard
    • Disconnecting Means
    • Rapid Shutdown
    • Microinverters

    Visit the Handouts tab of the course to download the comprehensive practice plans you will evaluate and other relevant references. Complete the survey at the end of the course to obtain the Certificate of Completion. Save and present the Certificate to the CEU-awarding entity. 

  • Contains 6 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Practice how to review the review of plan applications for structural-related tasks prior to issuing a building permit.

    In this one-two hour course, you will learn and practice how to evaluate the compliance of:

    • Access pathways and setbacks
    • Structural attachments
    • Weather sealing 

    Visit the Handouts tab of this course to download the plans you will use in the course and other relevant reference material.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn a three-phased approach to evaluating the compliance of a residential rooftop solar PV system.

    This course deals with some of the requirements to evaluate the structural aspects of a residential rooftop PV system before issuing a building permit. The course shows a three-phased approach to analyzing the compliance:

    1. Prescriptive process that works for many systems when criteria for the area have been determined
    2. Using a rafter span table for systems that don't meet the determined criteria
    3. Understanding when an engineered drawing of the system should be required

    Upon completion, you should be able to verify that the spacing of array structural attachments are appropriate according to the racking manufacturer's specifications and that the quantity of the attachments distribute the weight of the system to avoid heavy point loads.

    Visit the handouts tab of this course to download the two plans used in the course as well as other useful resources. 

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This 30-minute course lets you practice reviewing a plan to ensure what is used for rapid shutdown is in compliance with the National Electrical Code

    Practice reviewing a plan to ensure what is used for rapid shutdown is in compliance with the National Electrical Code. Approximately 30 minutes. Visit the handouts tab of this course to download the two plans used in the course as well as other useful resources. 

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This 20-minute course lets you practice verifying the required disconnecting means are shown in the plan at the proper locations.

    Practice verifying the required disconnecting means are shown in the plan at the proper locations. Approximately 20 minutes. Visit the handouts tab of this course to download the two plans used in the course as well as other useful resources.