by Caleb Werth
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced a free online training program for building and electrical code officials who perform inspections for residential photovoltaic (PV) solar energy installations. This information is also appropriate for solar installers, architects, and students interested in this field.
The Photovoltaic Online Training (PVOT) program is a tool that illustrates correct techniques for safe solar installations that comply with all relevant building and electrical codes.
- roof and ground mounted PV arrays
- electrical requirements
- equipment ratings
- expedited permitting
The modules are presented onscreen in various formats such as text, photos, videos, and voice-over narrations. Learn more about this training program here. While participation in the course is free, there is a nominal fee for obtaining continuing education units through the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI).
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council developed the PVOT program as part of the SunShot Initiative’s Solar Instructor Training Network. More information about this training network is available here.
Caleb Werth is an Information Specialist with the Division of Energy Resources at the Minnesota Department of Commerce.