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  • Continuing Safe Permitting and Inspection Practices during COVID-19 Webinar

    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 

  • National Tools for Shared Renewables Program Design Webinar

    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:


  • PV Field Inspection 2 - DC-DC Converter System

    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.

  • Solar PV Field Inspection Basics - Series

    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
  • PV Field Inspection 5 - Commercial Carport System

    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.

  • PV Field Inspection 4 - Ground Mounted AC-Coupled System with Energy Storage

    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.

  • PV Field Inspection 3 - Lithium-Ion Energy Storage System

    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.

  • PV Field Inspection 1 - Microinverter System

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Follow seasoned wiring inspector, Jim Rogers, as he provides tips for the efficient inspection of a microinverter system.

    If your inspections include systems with microinverters, check out this interactive video. Jim Rogers walks you through the finer points of the inspection of a microinverter system in Massachusetts. 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.

  • Solar PV Safety for Firefighters

    Contains 20 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn the basics of how to operate safely when responding to a solar-equipped structure.

    Can you spray water on solar panels? Is a roof top solar array hazardous on a cloudy day? Boost your confidence when operating around solar electric (photovoltaic) systems by learning from an experienced fire chief. There are fourteen brief videos that describe components and provide case studies from which to learn. Watch how departments respond to incidents on solar-equipped structures, both residential and commercial. Check your understanding throughout with four knowledge checks.

  • A Regulator’s Guide to Hosting Capacity Analyses for Distributed Energy Resources

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Optimizing the Grid: A Regulator’s Guide to Hosting Capacity Analyses for Distributed Energy Resources

    IREC hosted a webinar on January 10, 2018 about hosting capacity analysis and IREC’s new resource Optimizing the Grid: A Regulator’s Guide to Hosting Capacity Analyses for Distributed Energy Resources. Report authors Sky Stanfield, Stephanie Safdi and Sara Baldwin Auck provided an overview and insights on the findings and recommendations from the guide, including lessons learned from states already engaged in HCA efforts.