Specialized 2020 NEC Topics for PV Solar and Storage

Saturday, September 30, 2023
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Registration will open Summer 2023


Driving design and installation standards on a national scale, the National Electrical Code® (NEC) is intended to be an inclusive and evolving benchmark in electrical design, installation, and inspection. Yet in the rapidly changing industry of solar energy, NEC’s standards are a combination of proactive and reactive mandates and best practices. Understanding the critical NEC concepts for photovoltaic and storage systems is increasingly essential if you’re an installer, designer, manufacturer, engineer, developer, or building official. This course highlights relevant sections of the 2020 NEC® including Chapters 6 and Chapter 7 as well as some key PV-focused topics in other chapters. This course curriculum will cover critical updates, changes, and relevant details that impact PV system design and installation, applicable to a wide spectrum of scenarios ranging from battery-based off-grid to interactive PV systems of all sizes, including utility-scale solar farms. Finally, the course will provide brief insight into the 2023 NEC and implications regarding PV and storage systems.

Early Registration Cost: Early Registration Cost: $250*

*Cost after September 15th: $300

Students and in UNC System Early Registration Cost: $175**
**Student Cost after September 15: $200

Discount options:

  • Government and nonprofit organizations 
  • Group discount (4 or more registrations)

For discount options, please contact James Sharp: sharpj1@appstate.edu

You may cancel your registration two weeks before class starts for a refund minus a $50 processing fee. There will be no refunds after September 15, 2023. In certain cases, we will issue a full credit for a future classLearn more about other special pricing options.

Location: Appalachian State University Campus, Reich College of Education. Parking will be at College Street Parking Deck

Time: Saturday 8:30am-5:00pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 8 hours for the NCBEEC, 8 NCDOI Electrical, 8 PDH

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Please contact James Sharp with any questions or issues with online registration: sharpj1@appstate.edu


Thomas HoneyThomas Honeyis 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. Between 1994 and 2015, HES installed more than 500 solar energy systems throughout North Carolina, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Currently, Thomas is a full-time Applications/Product Engineer at Fortress Power, a leading lithium battery manufacturer. His day-to-day experience at Fortress Power keeps him on the leading edge of the integration of lithium battery(s) and with several of today's inverter manufactures products. 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. Thomas is also an instructor for Solar Energy International.