January 5, 2022

National Simplified Residential PV and Energy Storage Inspection Guidelines

The information in these guidelines is intended to provide a format whereby local jurisdictions and contractors can inspect simple photovoltaic (PV) system and energy storage system (ESS) installations where only a basic review is necessary.

The National Simplified Residential PV and Energy Storage Inspection Guidelines were drafted by Bill Brooks, PE, Principal of Brooks Engineering with support from SolSmart, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, and the Sustainable Energy Action Committee. These inspection guidelines are intended to complement the National Simplified Residential PV and Energy Storage Permit Guidelines.

The information in these guidelines is intended to provide a format whereby local jurisdictions and contractors can inspect simple photovoltaic (PV) system and energy storage system (ESS) installations where only a basic review is necessary. It is likely that most residential PV and ESS will comply with these simple criteria, which address the requirements for PV and ESS in the International Building, Residential, and Electrical Codes, published by the International Code Council (ICC). The companion Commentary document provides the technical analysis and commentary consistent with these guidelines.


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-EE0009002.0001. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Energy or the United States Government.