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Common Inspection Issues for Small Solar PV and Energy Storage Installs

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Event Description:

Come brush up on best practices for achieving quick, successful, and energy-code compliant solar and battery inspections. Industry expert Bill Brooks will provide a 1.5 hour training addressing the most common failings at inspection of single family PV solar and battery installs.

With expedited solar permitting mandated by AB 2188, and many jurisdictions utilizing standard checklists for permits, inspectors and installers are seeing an increase of in-field failed inspections.

This training is intended for both building department review & inspection staff as well as local installers and system designers to help levelize expectations, increase the pass rate of inspections, and ultimately lower the cost of installs across all local jurisdictions. This training is offered in partnership between 3CREN and City of Santa Barbara.


  • Bill Brooks, PE, is Principal of Brooks Engineering and has over 32 years of experience designing, installing, and evaluating grid-connected PV systems. He has written numerous technical manuals and articles for the PV industry that are widely used throughout the United States and beyond. He has trained over 15,000 contractors and code officials over the past 25 years. He was the lead technical advisor developing the IAEI PV Online Training for Code Officials (PVOT). His publications include the Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems, the Field Inspection Guidelines for PV Systems, and Understanding the CalFire Solar PV Installation Guidelines

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