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Large-Scale PV Inspection Teams Planning for Success

Many years ago, I accepted a position working on a joint venture called KFM (Kiewit/FCI/Manson) to assist with the construction of a new bridge...

Ensuring the Safety of the Public: The Process of Inspecting PV...

The complexity of photovoltaic (PV) power systems dictates a careful and thorough inspection, starting with a detailed permit application and a plan review of...

Ensuring the Safety of the Public: The process of inspecting PV...

While large, utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) power systems account for more of the installed megawatts and gigawatts of PV power in the United States, the...

Adventures in Inspecting Large Scale PV

If you were inspecting PV systems before publication of the 2008 NEC, you may have seen some interesting DC combiners (see photos 2 through...

Field Evaluations: An Inspector’s Point of View

I remember 20 plus years ago working as an electrician at several Boeing facilities in Seattle Washington, and having the State Inspector at the...

Chapter 5 Highlights for the Combination Inspectors

Chapter 5 covers Special Occupancies, including areas such as hazardous locations, medical facilities, carnivals, mobile home parks, and more. The difficulty with enforcing chapter...

Inspecting Electrical Connections for Proper Torque

The year: 2007. The place: Tucson, Arizona. It was my first IAEI Section meeting. The education program was “Causes of Electrical Fires.” I did...

Help for the Busy Electrical Inspector

It is generally understood that the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) is responsible to evaluate and approve electrical equipment installations. These responsibilities are largely assigned to the AHJ by paragraph 110.2 of the National Electrical Code (NEC). It says that equipment is acceptable only if approved, where approved means “acceptable to the AHJ.” Of course, there are many distinctions, exceptions and deviations. But, still, as a general rule in the United States, it is the AHJ (typically the local electrical inspector) that carries out this responsibility. And it is not trivial. The liability associated with electrical safety can be enormous, and the amount of knowledge required to enforce equipment safety can be overwhelming.

The Inspector Perspective

We all have a unique perspective based upon our life experience. No two people have lived the same life and, therefore, do not have the same...

Working Safely with Electricity…for the Electrical Inspector?

Not too many years ago, I was conversing with a friend of mine, who is also an electrical inspector, about which codes and standards...
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