Featured Webinar

  • 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 

Archived Webinars

  • 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:


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

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    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.

  • Solar Updates in the 2017 National Electrical Code

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/15/2017

    In this webinar, national expert Jim Rogers discussed new articles in the NEC, such as Large Scale Photovoltaic Electric Supply Stations and Energy Storage Systems, as well as updates to existing provisions like rapid shutdown, and grounding of PV systems.

    There are more than 1.3 million photovoltaic (PV) systems installed nationwide, with more installed every day. PV system safety and reliability is increasingly guided by robust codes and standards, including solar provisions in the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) National Electrical Code (NEC). Although solar is by no means new to the NEC, the 2017 version has updates and additions to support the growing solar economy. In this webinar, national expert Jim Rogers discussed new articles in the NEC, such as Large Scale Photovoltaic Electric Supply Stations and Energy Storage Systems, as well as updates to existing provisions like rapid shutdown, and grounding of PV systems. The FREE webinar was supported with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot program.