Solar Sebastopol Events

Sept. 11, 2007
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Petaluma

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Comments from past trainings:

"Good academic and hands on experience which he conveyed very well."

"Bill was great.  He is very knowledgeable, and worked his great sense of humor into his training. "

"As a plan checker for the City of Santa Rosa I think this training will be very helpful in that it will help me to be both thorough and consistent in reviewing solar installations."

"I would recommend this training to anyone on the design, installation, plan-check or inspection side of the industry. "

"Trainer knows his stuff and was able to communicate it well."

"The food was great!"

"The best thing for this industry is consistency and education, and therefore sessions like this one are INVALUABLE to the industry, and go a long long way towards educating local authorities, installers and plan checkers.  You all ought to be commended for facilitating this and please know I enjoyed myself very much, and learned a bunch!"

See photos from 2005 Training:

PV Systems And The National Electrical Code

A Training Course for Building & Electrical Inspectors and Officials, Installers and Designers

Sponsored by Solar Sebastopol, City of Sebastopol,
and City of Petaluma 
IAEC CEU credits and 4 hours of NABCEP Continuing Education Hours

With more than 20,000 photovoltaic (PV) installations throughout California and a market that is growing at more than 30% each year, PV systems are becoming common in the North Bay, bringing many new installers, architects and engineers into the solar PV industry. At the same time, code requirements and installation procedures are continually being updated to ensure properly designed and installed PV systems.  This timely workshop is designed for building inspectors, plan checkers, fire officials, PV installers, designers, engineers, and architects who wish to stay on top of the latest code compliance issues to help facilitate safe and long-lasting PV systems. Participants will be provided with an intensive overview of the codes and standards that govern small-scale solar electrical generation. Primary focus is on the National Electrical Code (NEC), including the 2005 updates to the NEC with a permit and inspection guideline provided to guide jurisdictions.

About the Instructor: Bill Brooks

Brooks Engineering specializes in engineering consulting services for the PV industry. With over 18 years experience designing, installing, & testing grid-connected PV systems, Brooks Engineering provides unparalleled field experience.

During the past few years, the training programs presented by Bill Brooks have helped over 2,000 inspectors and over 3,500 electricians and installers understand how to properly install and inspect PV systems. His field troubleshooting skills have been valuable in determining where installation problems occur to focus training on those areas. He also has written several technical manuals for the industry that are widely used in California and beyond.

When: Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 11:00 am – 4:00pm, Check-in at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma

Cost: $85 per person (Includes box lunch, CEU’s and workshop handouts)

Reservations:   Your check WITH registration form is your reservation.  Please complete and send a form for EACH individual attending. No reservation without payment and reg. form.

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Questions:  Email Marty Roberts at


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Booth Information -

We will be offering booth space at some of our events. Related nonprofit groups can request a booth for a fee of $25 to $50. Businesses can qualify for a booth by becoming a member of Solar Sebastopol. Visit our Membership page for details.

Solar Vendor Members receive free booth space at our events. If you would like information on how to become a participating vendor, click here.

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