The Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) has just released the 2010 edition of its highly regarded and valuable Field Inspection Guidelines for PV Systems, authored by Bill Brooks. This report is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Bill Brooks, well known for his distinguished work in PV codes and standards, is the author of IREC’s 2010 Field Inspection Guidelines for PV Systems. The 2010 edition of the Guidelines replaces the 2006 edition, also authored by Brooks. For more than 20 years, Brooks has designed, installed and evaluated grid-connected PV systems. Even more impressive is the more than 4,000 installing contractors and 4,000 inspectors who have attended his courses throughout the U.S. and abroad. Brooks has been working with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. since 1996.
According to Brooks, a great number of poorly designed and installed PV systems have been approved. Clarifying the issues, and providing a detailed checklist for the field inspector, will improve the results. And as local inspectors become familiar with products and sound installation techniques, those contractors doing marginal work will be forced to improve or, as Books contends, find another line of work.
The intent of the 2010 Guidelines is to consolidate the most import aspects of a field inspection into a simple process that can be performed in as little as 15 minutes. Explanation and illustrative pictures are provided to instruct the inspector on the specific details of each step.
For more than two decades, Brooks worked closely with Chuck Whitaker, one of the industry’s leading authority on PV codes and standards. Whitaker’s untimely passing in 2009 occurred just as this updated version of the Guidelines began. The 2010 Field Inspection Guidelines for PV Systems is dedicated to Whitaker.
“It is difficult to overstate Chuck’s contribution to the PV industry since his influence is found in nearly every code and standard that has been developed for PV equipment and systems over the past 25 years.”
Brooks said that the 2010 Guidelines is complementary with the Solar ABC’s expedited permitting process document for PV systems. Both of these documents replace the 2006 version of the Guidelines.
“This is an invaluable document for code officials in the U.S.,” said Jane Weissman, Executive Director, IREC. “We thank Bill Brooks for updating this document with new information on codes and practices.”