The resources in this section allow municipalities to access inexpensive training for staff that also counts for continuing education credits. Allowing your staff to access the latest ideas and tools being offered by state initiatives can help your community to grow and prosper. Trained personnel know what to look for, and can help alleviate frustration and excessive work for municipalities, installers and property owners.Online Training Resources:
- CT Green Bank-hosted trainings and webinars specifically for inspectors -- check our website, www.energizect.com/sunrisene, for updates.
- “Photovoltaic Online Training for Code Officials” developed by Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
- Solar Energy International offers workshops on solar PV as well as a variety of textbooks in eBook format and print editions.
- Sandia National Laboratories has put together “photovoltaic guide post,” multimedia tutorials for code inspectors.
- “Understanding National Electrical Code (NEC) Requirements for Solar Photovoltaic Systems, Based on the 2011 NEC,” Mike Holt, available at Mike Holt Solar PV Products.
- Brooks Solar offers training and workshops. Visit their site to download their “recommended reading,” and “training materials” including “Expedited permit Process,” and “A Guide to PV System Design and Installation.”
- Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABC’s) “Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems. A Standardized Process for the Review of Small-Scale PV Systems,” prepared by Bill Brooks, P.E., Brooks Engineering.
- “NABCEP Photovoltaic (PV) Installation Professional Resource Guide,” version 6, authored by William Brooks and James Dunlop, published 2013 by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), is available as a PDF download free of charge on the NABCEP website.
- IREC’s Solar Instructor Training Resources.
Resources for Firefighter Safety:
As solar PV deployment increases, firefighters will be more likely to encounter a home or business with a solar PV system installed. Training and notification that a PV system is located at a home are two great ways to reduce risk to firefighters. More information about firefighter safety and solar PV is available at the following website.
- Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), “Fire Safety and Solar,”
- Clean Energy States Alliance fire safety training module:
In Person Training Resources:
Updates on upcoming trainings will be posted here, or you can email CGBsunshot@ctgreenbank.com to find out if there is an upcoming training near you.
You can also check the CT Office of Education and Data Management (OEDM) website. OEDM offers periodic trainings on solar PV in their fall and spring course schedules.