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SEI’s New Online CE Course - 2014 National Electrical Code® and PV Systems

Posted by: chris
January 30, 2014

It’s January, and that means the rollout of the new 53rd edition of the National Electrical Code® is in full swing. The simple fact of the matter is that in a rapidly growing industry like PV, best practices and products change quickly, and the new requirements and recommendations in the 2014 NEC® will drive them.  So whether you’re an installer, designer, manufacturer, engineer, or building official, it’s critical to stay ahead of the game.  

SEI is and will continue to work hard to address changes curriculum-wide, and on 
February 7th opens access to a three-hour online CE course focusing on 2014 NEC® changes as they relate to PV system design and installation. Sign up, login, view the presentation at your convenience, ask questions via email, and get NABCEP CE or advanced educational hours credit! Ace instructors and Code experts Rebekah Hren and Brian Mehalic have spent countless hours pouring over the new Code, reading the Reports on Proposals and Comments, and interviewing Code Making Panel members for the insights they’ll share!

Some of the most notable changes related to PV in this Code cycle include:

  • Rapid shutdown for PV systems on buildings, which addresses concerns of first responders. 
  • What are the requirements and how will they be implemented?
  • Expansion of ground-fault and arc-fault requirements. 
  • What new products and design standards will address these enhanced safety requirements?
  • 1,000 volts! Code-wide changes further enable 1,000 Vdc PV systems.
  • Updates to disconnect and fuse servicing requirements – some clarification in a “muddy” section of the Code.
  • New standards for field-applied hazard markings. 
  • And we all know there are a lot of markings/labels/plaques/directories required for PV systems!
  • Major changes for interconnecting PV systems to the grid.  Busbars, feeders, taps…now there’s a calc for everything!
  • New requirements for the most complicated PV systems – those that include batteries.
  • And, obviously, a lot of other stuff…after all, it’s the NEC®!

That’s a lot of material and access for only $149!

NABCEP Credit:
Advanced educational hours for the Certification exams: 3
CE hours: 3 (NEC)

Cheers, and bring on the 2014 NEC®!

Description:

2014 National Electrical Code® and PV Systems
The National Electrical Code® drives industry-wide best practices as well as product development cycles of PV component manufacturers, so whether you’re an installer, designer, manufacturer, engineer, or building official, it’s critical to stay on top of the game.  

This CE course addresses significant changes in the 2014 Code that impact PV system design and installation, for systems ranging from battery-based off-grid to large utility-scale solar farms – the 2014 NEC® has new mandates for all of them.

Topics include:

  • Rapid shutdown for PV systems on buildings
  • Expansion of ground-fault and arc-fault requirements
  • Changes that further enable 1,000 Vdc PV systems
  • Updates to disconnect and fuse servicing requirements
  • New standards for field-applied hazard markings
  • Major changes for interconnecting PV systems to the grid
  • New requirements for battery-based PV systems, both stand-alone and interactive
  • Additional changes in Articles 690 and 705, as well as other relevant Articles

Join SEI instructors and Code experts Rebekah Hren and Brian Mehalic for a fast-paced and fun three-hour long look at where the PV industry is heading in regards to PV system design and installation.

You can submit questions via email, and also included is access to additional, live one-hour Q&A sessions with the instructors, which will be scheduled at various times during 2014.


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