Bill Brooks has worked with utility-interconnected PV systems since the late 1980s. He is a consultant to the PV industry on a variety of performance, troubleshooting, and training topics. Over the past 18 years, these training workshops have helped thousands of local inspectors and thousands of electricians and installers understand PV systems and how to properly install them.
His field troubleshooting skills have been valuable in determining where problems occur and to focus training on those issues of greatest need. Mr. Brooks has written several important technical manuals for the industry that are now widely used in California and beyond. His experience includes work on technical committees for the National Electrical Code, Article 690, and IEEE utility interconnection standards for PV systems. In 2008 he was appointed to Code-Making Panel 4 of the National Electrical Code.
Mr. Brooks holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from N.C. State University and is a Registered Mechanical and Electrical Professional Engineer in North Carolina and California.
Large-scale PV plants have become commonplace in the desert southwest with plants routinely exceeding 100 MW in size. How does that impact the local AHJ and why is Article 691 for large-scale PV electric supply stations even in the NEC?
With most of the United States now on the 2014 or 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) several topics and enforcement questions are routinely being discussed. This article will address some of the most relevant issues facing enforcement and installers concerning PV systems.