November 15, 2021

Reinstallation of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

See how your community can support safe, code-compliant procedures for reinstalling solar photovoltaic (PV) systems following roof repair or replacement.

The growing number of re-roofing projects on buildings with photovoltaic (PV) systems is prompting local governments to search for sensible guidelines to ensure safety codes are followed.

Working with local building officials, inspectors, and first responders, SEAC has developed a set of guidelines to address the goals and safety concerns associated with reinstallation projects.

These guidelines pertain to the following activities.

  1. Removing previously installed, inspected, and approved systems
  2. Repairing or replacing the roof beneath PV systems
  3. Reinstalling PV system once roof work is finished

SEAC’s Recommended Practices for Reinstallation of PV Systems will benefit local authorities having jurisdiction tasked with safety and code compliance as well as contractors and property owners. SEAC originally published the document in August 2019.

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.