October 18, 2022

Residential PV and Energy Storage Inspection Guidelines

Use this list of solar and energy storage inspection requirements to create custom checklists in your jurisdiction and improve outcomes from your inspection.
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Transparency in the inspection process can minimize the need for re-inspections and accelerate project completion.

The National Simplified Residential PV and Energy Storage Inspection Guidelines highlight common installation mistakes and help to adequately address all items in the inspection process before the inspector arrives on site.

Bill Brooks, principal engineer at Brooks Engineering, drafted the guidelines with support from SEAC’s Standard and Efficient Permitting and Inspection working group, SolSmart, and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council. The guidelines include relevant code requirements from the 2017 and 2020 editions of the National Electrical Code and the 2018 and 2021 editions of the International Residential Code.

The National Simplified Residential PV and Energy Storage Inspection Guidelines can help inform plan reviewers, inspectors, and installers. SEAC published the document in January 2022. We also published a companion document on permitting guidelines.

SEAC makes these guidelines publicly accessible to anyone who fills in the download form on this page. Your privacy is important to us. We do not sell or share your personal data.

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) under the Solar Energy and Technologies Office Award Number DE-EE0009001.0000. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Energy or the United States Government.