October 23, 2023

What do I need to know to effectively review a plan for a solar PV system to ensure compliance for rapid shutdown?

Have you heard of rapid shutdown? Rapid shutdown is a crucial safety feature in solar electric systems, and it’s particularly significant for code officials like yourself who oversee construction and code compliance. It involves the rapid de-energization of solar arrays in emergency scenarios, ensuring the safety of first responders and maintenance personnel. Understanding and enforcing rapid shutdown requirements in accordance with the National Electric Code® (NEC®) is essential to ensure that solar installations in your jurisdiction meet safety standards and mitigate electrical hazards effectively.

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In this 30-minute course, Plan Review and Permitting for Residential PV Systems, you will learn what the National Electric Code requires for achieving rapid shutdown in solar electric systems and practice reviewing a plan to ensure compliance. 

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