The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has released newly updated guidelines to help local jurisdictions improve the solar plan review and field inspection process.
The checklists – which can be tailored for local and state code requirements while meeting national best practices – can be used by plan reviewers, inspectors and installers, says IREC.
IREC’s expanded “Plan Review and Inspection Guidelines: Model Inspection Checklists for Rooftop PV” now includes solar-specific code requirements updated to the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) and the most current international building, residential and fire codes, as well as additional insight on safety and new technologies. It provides guidelines for reviewing building permit plan applications and inspecting most residential rooftop PV systems.
“Solar capacity has grown exponentially since the first model inspection checklist was released in 2013, as has the number of code officials who see solar in their communities,” says IREC’s workforce director, Laure-Jeanne Davignon. “Best practices and guidance documents like these are increasingly important to ensure consumer confidence and consistent practices throughout the country.”
Pete Jackson, chief electrical inspector for the town of Bakersfield, Calif., adds, “Tools like IREC’s model inspection guidelines are invaluable to support the work of building and electrical inspectors. By consulting this comprehensive guide to an effective solar inspection, individual inspectors and AHJs (authorities having jurisdiction) can tailor the tool to fit their needs in the office and in the field.”
IREC says the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and the International Code Council contributed to the updating of this document, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.