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Fire Codes for Photovoltaic Power Systems and Inspecting PV Systems for Code Compliance (Missouri, USA)

23 June 2011

Instructor: Bill Brooks PE, of Brooks Engineering LLC
Date: Thursday June 23, 2011
Location: Mid America Regional Council 600 Broadway - Suite 200 Kansas City, MO 64105
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Synopsis Fire Codes for Photovoltaic (PV) Power Systems - As PV system installations continue to increase in number on buildings around the country, fire service personnel need to be educated about these systems. There are a variety of issues of which fire officials need to become aware when dealing with these systems including dc voltage (up to 600 V), and access on roofs with PV installations. This seminar is designed to introduce local Fire Officials to PV systems and help them understand the issues involved with this new technology. The discussion will include the current status of PV systems in the field, new codes and standards to address fire safety of PV systems, important technology specific issues that impact firefighters, and training resources available for their departments.
Three (3) hours of NABCEP Continuing Education Credits – satisfies 3 of the 6 hour requirement of instruction related to Codes (National Electrical or Fire Code).
Half day (8:30 a.m. - Noon).

Synopsis Inspecting Photovoltaic (PV) Systems for Code Compliance - Class participants learn NEC requirements for designing and installing PV systems. The Seminar is designed for building inspectors, plan reviewers, fire officials, PV installers, designers, engineers, and architects who want to stay current with the latest code compliance issues that facilitate safe and long-lasting PV systems. Participants are provided with a basic overview of the codes and standards governing small-scale solar electrical generation. Primary focus on the National Electrical Code (NEC), including the 2005 and 2008 updates to the NEC with a permit and inspection guideline provided to organize the process. 3.5 hours of NABCEP Continuing Education Credits – satisfies 3.5 of the 6 hour requirement of Photovoltaic technical instruction for re-certification. Half day (1 p.m. - 5 p.m.).

Instructor - Bill Brooks PE, of Brooks Engineering LLC, has over 22 years of experience designing, installing, and evaluating grid-connected PV systems. Over 10,000 installers and inspectors have attended his courses throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has authored several widely used publications including the Inspector Guidelines for PV Systems. Actively involved in the developments of PV codes and standards including IEEE-929 (PV Utility Interconnection) and for NEC Article 690 (Solar Photovoltaic Systems), Mr. Brooks is a member of Code Making Panel 4 of the NEC. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and California.

Eligible for a total of 6.5 hours CEC credits for NABCEP
Members of MOSEIA: $60 morning or afternoon $120 for both includes lunch Register 3 or more participants from same organization, pay only $100 per participant - this option is only available to full day registrants.
Non-Members of MOSEIA: $135 morning or afternoon $270 for both includes lunch Register 3 or more participants from same organization, pay only $225 per participant - this offer is only available to full day registrants.
UTILITY & GOVERNMENT RATE: $75 morning or afternoon - $150 for both includes lunch This is a discounted flat rate for employees of utility companies, rural COOPs, municipal utility, or municipal, county or state government agencies. Late Registration— after May 23, 2011 add $50 per registrant Sign up for both morning and afternoon sessions and receive a complimentary lunch. Seminar includes free parking.