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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn how to use SolarAPP+, an online platform to automate the permitting process for residential rooftop solar projects. In this training, you will learn how to input project specifications for four different inverter technologies. SolarAPP+ saves time and cost by reducing permitting department workloads through its automatic checking system designs for safety and code compliance.

    Learn how to accurately input rooftop residential solar projects into the SolarAPP+ tool and have permits for code compliant systems issued in minutes.

     

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn how a code official can use the SolarAPP+ inspection checklist to perform an efficient and effective inspection of solar PV systems permitted through SolarAPP+. The approval document that contains the inspection checklist replaces a traditional plan set. The inspection checklist is dynamically generated for each job, while providing one consistent format as opposed to the varied plan sets inspectors are used to seeing. This training explains how the inspection checklist is generated, and how the inspector can complete a full inspection from the main panel to the roof in the same or less time than traditional practices.

    Use the inspection checklist from the SolarAPP+ tool to efficiently and effectively inspect a rooftop residential PV system without a traditional planset.  

     

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/20/2020

    IREC and GridLab describe their new resource: A Playbook for Modernizing the Distribution Grid, Volume 1: Grid Modernization Goals, Principles and Plan Evaluation Checklist. This is the first is a series of webinars.

    The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and GridLab describe their new resource: A Playbook for Modernizing the Distribution Grid, Volume 1: Grid Modernization Goals, Principles and Plan Evaluation Checklist. The first in a series, this evaluation toolkit is designed to help regulatory stakeholders navigate, analyze and make more informed decisions about grid modernization proposals. With this toolkit in hand, stakeholders will be better equipped to ensure that grid modernization efforts are done with state public policy goals, such as clean energy adoption, in mind. Playbook authors will provide an overview of the first volume, which consists of goals and principles for grid modernization, and an evaluation checklist – combined, they provide an initial framework to help utility regulators and regulatory stakeholders assess the merits of proposed grid modernization plans, investments and initiatives.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/06/2020

    Confronted by the current global pandemic, building departments across the country are facing a challenging question: “Do we shut down or stay open?” Jeff Spies moderates a stellar panel of experts weigh in on options that allow for safe, continued building department operations while maximizing the safety of solar installations. This webinar, hosted Monday, April 6th addresses how building departments can continue operations, using no-touch permitting and practices while preserving permitting and inspection quality.

    Timestamps: 

    0:00 - Presentation Introduction by Steve Jones, Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Action Committee (SEAC) and Assistant Building Official of the City of Oceanside, CA

    3:04 - Introduction by Larry Sherwood, President & CEO of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), which will be the administrator of SEAC under a forthcoming Department of Energy grant

    6:28 - 9:44 Panelist introductions and acknowledgments by Jeff Spies, Secretary of SEAC, President of Planet Plan Sets, and Chair of the Codes and Standards Committee of the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA)
    10:50 - Jeff Spies begins the presentation

    28:47 - Presentation by Donny Cook - Chief Electrical Inspector, Shelby County, AL. Shelby County has been doing remote inspections for about 10 years. 

    38:43 - presentation by Mostafa Kashe - Chief Electrical Inspector, Los Angeles County. LA County has been implementing some elements for about 2 years.

    50:50 - presentation by Darold Wiley - Senior Electrical Inspector, City of Irvine, CA. Irvine implemented remote inspection in response to COVID-19 (late March 2020)

    55:04 - presentation by David Gans - Chief Building Official, City of Oceanside, CA. Oceanside also implemented remote inspection. 

    1:07:22 - Jeff Spies shares additional solar permitting and inspection resources

    1:08:48 - Panelist contact information

    1:09:05 - SEAC contact information and info on how to subscribe to updates

    1:10:14 Q&A starts 

  • Contains 2 Component(s)

    This 1 hour webinar with experts from IREC and VoteSolar highlights a recently released checklist to help regulators and interested stakeholders evaluate and improve voluntary community solar across the country. Visit the Publications page on the IREC website to download the report: https://irecusa.org/publications/

    IREC and VoteSolar recently released a new checklist to help regulators and interested stakeholders evaluate and improve voluntary community solar across the country. The resource describes seven key principles and topics:

    ● Expand customer access to clean energy
    ● Offer tangible economic benefits for all participating customers
    ● Identify ways to promote project development cost savings
    ● Prioritize the customer experience
    ● Promote competition
    ● Optimize community solar to benefit the grid and community
    ● Complement existing programs

    The focus on utility-led community solar programs in this new tool is not intended to imply or recommend that voluntary offerings should be the only programs made available. It also does not take a position on utility-ownership. This checklist highlights key considerations to support replicable successes across diverse markets.

    You may also be interested in exploring these related IREC resources which are discussed in the webinar:


  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Bob Hattier takes us through the inspection of a system in Illinois with two rooftop arrays and DC-DC converters.

    Many PV systems employ DC-DC converters to meet the rapid shutdown requirement. If you are new to either of these terms, join Bob Hattier for a detailed inspection in Midlothian, Illinois. Answer questions throughout the videos for more instruction. Then check your knowledge with a brief review at the end. Certificate of Completion for 1 hour of coursework.

  • Contains 5 Product(s)

    Tag along with inspectors across the country as they give inspection tips on 5 different types of PV systems.

    Join experienced inspectors Jim, Bob, Rebekah, and Pete as they show us how to make PV inspections efficient and effective. Preview the training in the one-minute video on the bottom of the home page. This series includes the inspection of five different systems:

    1. Microinverter system in Massachusetts
    2. DC-DC converter system in Illinois
    3. Roof top system with storage system in Califormia
    4. Ground mounted AC-coupled system with energy storage in North Carolina
    5. 300 kW Commercial carport system in California
  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The inspection of a 300 kW commercial carport system in Bakersfield, CA

    Join Pete Jackson, the chief electrical inspector of Bakersfield, CA, as he explains how to inspect a commercial carport system, the most common commercial installations.  Answer questions throughout the videos for more instruction. Then check your knowledge with a brief review at the end. Certificate of Completion for 1 hour of coursework.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Follow Rebekah Hren on an inspection of an ground mounted, AC-coupled system with sealed batteries.

    Rebekah Hren hosts Joe Sarubbi on an inspection in Liberty, North Carolina. Energy storage systems are becoming more common. This pole-mounted array is an AC-coupled system with both a PV-system inverter and a multi-mode inverter along with sealed AGM batteries.  Answer questions throughout the videos for more instruction. Then check your knowledge with a brief review at the end. Certificate of Completion for 1 hour of coursework.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Field inspection tips for the inspection of a residential rooftop system with a string inverter and Tesla Powerwall energy storage system.

    Energy storage systems are becoming common. Learn from Chief Electrical Inspector, Pete Jackson, the ins and outs of a string inverter system with a Tesla PowerWall in Bakersfield, California.   Answer questions throughout the videos for more instruction. Then check your knowledge with a brief review at the end. Certificate of Completion for 1 hour of coursework.