Offer Inspection Checklist
Provide inspection checklist that explains unique requirements beyond applicable codes
a. Post inspection checklist along with permitting requirements, listing issues of particular concern to your jurisdiction on your website – 25 points
b. Post changes to existing codes, code interpretations, and inspection requirements as they occur in writing on your website. – 10 points
c. Share the changes as they occur with a solar industry nonprofit for timely communication to installers – 15 points
Some jurisdictions have unique priorities or interests that are not necessarily clear by referring to adopted electric and building codes. Specifying these exceptional requirements upfront can help the jurisdiction avoid repeat inspections and allow installers to pass inspections more often.
Boulder County’s checklist for PV systems clearly states its requirements for rough inspections.
- The city of Westminster has developed a detailed list of inspection requirements unique to PV systems. Click here for more information.
- IRECs Field Inspection Guidelines for PV Systems provide thorough and effective procedures for both residential and commercial PV inspections.
- Many code official training opportunities exist through several different initiatives across the U.S. These trainings are meant to help inspectors more safely and efficiently inspect systems and many offer continuing education credits to inspectors for participation. Examples include the photovoltaic online training project IAEI’s certified electrical inspector program, and Underwriters Laboratories one day code official workshops () are some examples.
How to make it happen
Work with the building department to see if inspection staff have any “unique” requirements or interpretations of existing code. Reach out to local installers for feedback to understand any confusion that exists and publish a checklist on the jurisdiction’s website.