For microinverters and AC (Alternating Current) PV (Photovoltaic) modules, a need exists for clear and consistent installation methods and code interpretations, which enable safer, more efficient installations, and reduction in the cost to own a solar system. This Summary guide promotes the aforementioned by providing information about microinverter and AC PV module technologies, nationally recognized listing standards, listing processes, and industry-accepted methodology for installation, in compliance with the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) 70: NEC (National Electric Code).
This document is an outline of the SolarTech Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) Agreement templates, which is a component of a suite of documents that can help ensure the successful deployment of a commercial distributed generation solar PV project. Whereas a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement), Loan Agreement, or Operating Lease Agreement handle the front-end financing relationship, an EPC agreement handles the execution phase of the project. Subsequently an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) agreement handles the ongoing operational aspects of the project.
This report presents an Expedited Permit Process for small-scale photovoltaic (PV)systems. The Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) recommendsthat local jurisdictions use this Expedited Permit Process for awarding building permitsto installers of small PV systems. Use of this process simplifies the requirements for thecontractor submitting the request and reduces the time needed for the local jurisdictionproviding structural and electrical review of the permit application.
This fact sheet summarizes the findings and recommendations ofa new study report from the Solar America Board for Codes andStandards (Solar ABCs).,– A Standardized Process for the Review of Small-Scale PV Systems.
The SF Environment, a department of the City and County of San Francisco, is one jurisdiction that has listened to industry, examining processes, and working with other city departments to enact solutions.
The result of their efforts is pretty straight forward. By reducing the permitting and inspection process burden, they enable more solar projects which directly results in:
1. More solar jobs
2. Economic development in a time of economic stagnation
3. Lower carbon emissions and less dependence on fossil fuels.
4. Enabled improved compatibility between the City and County’s solar rebate program and the process that integrators and consumers must follow in order to build systems qualifying for the rebate.
At the same time, SF Officials do not expect any additional impact to public safety than would otherwise have been possible.
The following report is a “How To” document describing how SF Environment approached the problem, built consensus, and worked with building officials and Inspectors to achieve a solution mutually agreeable and beneficial to all stakeholders.