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Energy Department Announces Free Online Training for Residential Solar Inspectors

October 1, 2012
As part of the Energy Department’s commitment to invest in skills for American workers, the Department today announced a free online training program for building and electrical code officials who perform inspections for residential photovoltaic (PV) solar energy installations.

The PVOT program includes seven online modules, providing lessons in subjects such as roof and ground mounted PV arrays, electrical requirements, equipment ratings, and expedited permitting. The first six lessons contain sequential material that includes onscreen text, video, and voice-over narration. The final module provides a virtual walk along a roofline, similar to what an inspector sees in a real-world situation. The PVOT program tracks each participant’s progress and test scores, and meets professional licensing requirements for ongoing education in most cities and states.

While this online training program is geared to code officials, it is also appropriate for solar installers, architects, students, and consumers who are interested in this growing field. The training program curriculum complies with current National Electrical Code requirements, which are referenced along with additional industry standards throughout the modules.

Learn more here.