Codes and Standards
for NABCEP Exam Prep
Featuring Subject Matter Expert Jeff Spies

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Jeff Spies, VP of Business Development at Quick Mount PV, presented a lecture on Thursday April 11, 2013 that covered codes and standards for mechanical installation of solar PV systems.
The NEC isn’t the only guideline that PV installers need to follow to ensure safe, code compliant PV installations. Check out the resources below for links and info regarding the codes and standards that were covered in Jeff’s lecture. There’s no guarantee what you find on the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam, but it never hurts to be prepared.


The Golden Nugget: After doing some soul searching online, I found that to dissect these codes/standards would be a terrible task, at least before the exam.  Are you surprised?  Quick Mount PV has a page on their website that breaks it down nicely. It would be a good idea to have an idea about these codes/standards going into the exam- and a great overview is provided on their webpage here: Are you up to Code?

Quick Mount PV has even outlined the specific sections of the each code that outline guidelines pertinent to installers and provided links to each organization’s hompage. Awesome!

International Fire Code:  

Check out the website for a whitepaper that gives a good explanation of how the IFC  effect PV installers and PV installations.

Download a full report here: Solar American Board of Codes and Standards Report


Ms. MOOC was recently working out some problems to review with a study group, and found there were a few errors in a past #SolarMOOC document. Yikes! To see the answers and how she got them:  Installing Mechanical Components

(They will also be posted in the #SolarMOOC FORUM.)

Note: Do you have questions about any of the past resources? PLEASE let me know! Email:


There has been some good activity going on in the #SolarMOOC forum – A BIG thanks to those of you who have participated!  If you haven’t it’s not too late!

For example, here’s one question that is answered in the forum:

“When figuring conditions of use for Conductor Ampacity 690.8(B)(2), do we use Table 310.15(B)(2)(a) based on 30º C or Table 310.15(B)(2)(b) based on 40º C? (For the temperature correction part of the calculation)

And why?”

Visit the Forum for the answer!  This specific question is in the topic conversation: Ampacity Correction Factors for High Temperatures


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