Confronted by the COVID-19 global pandemic, building departments across the country face a challenging question: “Do we shut down or stay open?” Fortunately, there are options that allow for safe, continued building department operation.
For an owner, planning a larger commercial-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) installation involves a myriad of decisions about size, equipment, design, location, and perhaps most important, the installation contractor.
Photovoltaic power systems are proliferating and are going to be a major player in our nation’s energy mix. The inspector community must be able and willing to inspect these systems as the last line of defense in ensuring the safety of the public.
Those of us in the inspection community and those associated with the inspection community, including inspectors at all levels, chief inspectors, building officials, and administrators responsible for funding, need to work diligently to increase the competency and quality of our inspection process and our inspection force.
Today we have daily PV inspections, and some are supply-side connected. Article 705.12(A) Point of Connection (Supply-Side) points the reader to 230.82(6) for the allowance to connect to the supply side of the service disconnecting means.