2017 NEC and Advanced PV Systems: Inspecting and Designing

Saturday, September 12, 2020
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NOTE: We are planning to hold this class in person, a final decision will be made one month prior to the class if complications exist due to covid-19.

Take a deep dive into the National Electrical Code (NEC® 2017) standards as well as other best practices that pertain to designing safe and efficient grid-direct PV systems. This one-day class will clearly explain and summarize the intent and application of the National Electrical Code relevant to photovoltaic (PV) solar electric systems and cover significant updates to the 2017 National Electric Code that pertain to PV systems. 

Because the photovoltaic industry is undergoing extremely rapid growth and new technologies are constantly being introduced to the market, Articles 690 and 705 of the National Electrical Code incorporate a large quantity of important changes. The primary focus of this course will be inspecting plansets and system installations of PV systems for Code-compliant equipment specifications, grounding systems, conductor installation, labeling, overcurrent protection, disconnects, rapid shutdown, ground-fault and arc-fault protection devices. As the PV industry expands more training is required to both safely install and inspect these systems.

Qualified individuals will gain an understanding of how to incorporate both new and existing requirements of the National Electrical Code into code-compliant photovoltaic system design and installation, with emphasis on materials and methodologies specific to photovoltaic systems. 

Early Registration Cost: $200* (lunch included) 
*Cost after August 28: $250 
Students in UNC system Early Registration Cost: $175**
**Student Cost after August 28: $200
Refer a friend and you'll each receive $25 off. Details here.

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, TBD.
Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Continuing Education Credits: 8 NCBEEC (updated 2020 course), NC Code Officials Qualification Board CE 8 Electrical (updated 2020 course), 8 PDH, 8 NABCEP CE, 6 SC Electrical License                         
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion

Note: Course materials will be provided electronically.

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your registration on or before August 31 for a full refund, we are waiving the $50 nonrefundable processing fee due to covid 19. There will be NO refunds after August 31. If the class is canceled due to covid 19 full refunds will be given. We recommend paying with a credit card to enable prompt refunds.


Thomas Honey

Thomas HoneyThomas Honey is a U.S. Navy veteran with over 30 years’ experience in the fields of electrical & electronic technology. He founded Honey Electric Solar, Inc. (HES) in 1994, where under his guidance HES professionally installed and maintained hundreds of Solar Hot Water, Solar Pool Heating, and Photovoltaics systems in PA, NC, and VA. Currently, his focus is to maintain and service existing PV systems, while providing technical guidance to other PV installation companies. He holds Electrical Contracting Licenses in NC and VA, and is a NABCEP certified PV Installation Professional. As an Adjunct Professor within the North Carolina Community College System he’s taught Introductory and Advanced PV design & installation courses, Commercial Electrical Wiring courses (conduit bending), and ConEd classes about the National Electrical Code.