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Intermediate Level
Approx. 13 hours to complete
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Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Articulate PV system building code essentials

  • Describe the site inspection process

  • Identify code and zoning rule considerations

  • Explain key design elements and points for inspection

Skills you will gain

Building CodesPermittingPV systemsSite inspection
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Intermediate Level
Approx. 13 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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The State University of New York

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Code and Inspection Requirements

3 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 18 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Codes for Commercial Roof Systems3m
Site Inspections9m
4 readings
Acknowledgements2m
International and United States Codes (Optional)40m
Code Adoption (Optional)20m
State-Level Code Amendments (Optional)20m
2 practice exercises
Code and Inspection Requirements Practice Quiz30m
Code and Inspection Requirements30m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Inspection Methods and the Permitting Process

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 18 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Permitting3m
Planning Documents2m
Streamlining the Permitting Process3m
5 readings
International Codes (Optional)40m
U.S. National Electrical Code (Optional)10m
Uniform Building Code Updates for New York State (Optional)10m
Unified Solar Permit (Optional)10m
Solar Foundation Solar APP (Optional)10m
2 practice exercises
Inspection Methods and the Permitting Process Practice Quiz20m
Inspection Methods and the Permitting Process30m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Inspection Considerations

4 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 20 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Load Considerations7m
What to Inspect3m
Electrical Code Inspection6m
6 readings
Code Inspection Resources (Optional)30m
Hazard Maps (Optional)20m
Snow Load Information (Optional)20m
Flashing (Optional)10m
Inspection Resources (Optional)30m
Disconnects and Rapid Shutdown (Optional)30m
2 practice exercises
Inspection Considerations Practice Quiz30m
Inspection Considerations30m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Labeling Requirements

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 13 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
2 videos
Labeling and Inspecting Large Systems4m
3 readings
PV System Labeling Resources (Optional)20m
Power Optimizers (Optional)20m
Bonding and Grounding PV Systems (Optional)10m
2 practice exercises
Labeling Requirements Practice Quiz30m
Labeling Requirements30m

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About the Solar Energy for Engineers, Architects and Code Inspectors Specialization

This specialization provides an overview of solar photovoltaics (PV), intricacies of solar system design, and a framework for solar PV project management. Targeted for engineers, HVAC installers, architects and building code inspectors, it is also appropriate for anyone considering a career in the growing renewable energy field of solar power. Courses introduce how PV operates and the anatomy of solar electric systems, the economics of solar power, pros and cons of different systems, considerations for designing a PV system, and fundamental code compliance. Materials primarily focus on solar PV in the United States. To learn more, view an overview at https://youtu.be/XjkKzbXqA6s....
Solar Energy for Engineers, Architects and Code Inspectors

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