From WA L&I “Electrical Currents” May 2015 Newsletter:
Note From the Chief – Solar Photovoltaic Rules Delayed
After extensive research into product availability, and feedback from
stakeholders, in accordance with National Electrical Code® (NEC®) 90.4, I
have made the decision to extend the delay in implementation of three
requirements for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems until July 1, 2016. The
three requirements are 690.11 Arc-Fault Circuit Protection (Direct Current),
690.12 Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on Buildings, and 705.12(D)(6) Wire
Harness and Exposed Cable Arc-Fault Protection. Oregon has a similar delay
in implementation of these rules. This approach will ensure that the
products currently under development to meet these requirements will be
certified by an accredited product testing laboratory as meeting appropriate
electrical product safety standards. Enforcement of these requirements will
begin July 1, 2016. Due to the delay in implementation of 690.12 Rapid
Shutdown requirements, the 2011 NEC® 690.31(E)(1) requirement to route
Direct-Current PV source and output circuits at least 10 inches below roof
decking or sheathing when installed inside a building will be enforced until
the Rapid Shutdown requirement takes effect on July 1, 2016.
This ruling is a sigh of relief. Whenever new technology is implemented to solve a perceived problem the first few month (years) of implementation can be very painful as the technology struggles to provide a real wold solution. This ruling by Washington State will allow the industry to catch up technically with the code and hopefully come out with a reliable, cost effective solution in the mean time.
SMA Sunny Boy inverters allow up to 1500W of back up power for when the sun is shining and the grid is down. This revolutionary new technology give homeowners added security and value from their grid tied solar array. Watch this short video to find out how it works:
To find out what items you can run with this back up receptacle you can use this handy Wattage Calculator from Consumer Reports.
Hire Electric is super excited to be part of this great campaign to solarize our community.
With support from Northwest Solar Communities, Gorge Owned (GO!) is working with local solar contractors to offer discounted, bulk rates on solar panel installations to Gorge homeowners in Klickitat, Skamania, Wasco and Hood River counties.
GO! Solar is a community “solarize” initiative aimed at helping Columbia River Gorge homeowners overcome the barriers associated with investing in solar power. Local contractors and suppliers are working together to offer a simplified process and unbeatable prices. In addition to state, federal and local incentives, GO! Solar can reduce total project cost by up to 20%. The catch: Homeowners have to sign up for the program no later than March 30, 2015 to guarantee the bulk discounts.
“Going solar pays off in a number of ways,” says Amanda Lawrence, Gorge Owned Membership and Program Director. “It reduces your monthly utility bills, increases your home value, reduces your dependence on fossil fuel and, if done through GO! Solar, supports the local economy.”
Learn more about GO! Solar at a community launch party, Tuesday, February 3, from 6-8 pm, at Full Sail Brew Pub (506 Columbia St., Hood River). Learn about financial incentives for solar, meet the local contractors delivering the program and have your questions about solar answered by regional experts. Participants can also enjoy light appetizers and beer courtesy of Full Sail.
Gorge Owned is planning additional events in Klickitat and Wasco Counties in February. Details will be announced atwww.gorgeowned.org/programs/
What: GO! Solar Launch Party
When: Tuesday, Feb., 3, 2015, 6-8 pm
Where: Full Sail Brew Pub, 506 Columbia St., Hood River
Follow Up Meetings:
- February 10th, The Dalles, Clocktower Ales, 311 Union Street from 6pm – 7:30pm
- February 12th, White Salmon, Columbia Bank Community Room, 390 NE Tohomish St, 6pm – 7pm
- February 17th, Goldendale, Klickitat PUD Community Room, 1313 South Columbus Avenue 6pm – 7:30pm
About Gorge Owned
Gorge Owned is a 501.c.3 member-supported organization with a mission to strengthen connections between the people, natural environment and economy of the Columbia River Gorge. With more than 200 individual and business members, GO! delivers year-round programing that informs and inspires people to invest in a vibrant community, healthy environment and strong local economy. Programs include Gorge Green Drinks, Sense of Place Lecture Series, GO! Local Campaign, and Gorge Earth Day.
Learn More: GorgeOwned.org
— Hire Electric Solar (@hireelectric) February 4, 2015