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CALSSA WEBINAR: New California Electrical Codes Impacting Solar and Storage

Please join us for a review of the code updates impacting PV systems in the 2019 California Electrical Code, which become effective on January 1, 2020. Topics include rapid shutdown, PV disconnects, system grounding, and large-scale PV systems. The webinar will also review the new code sections that have resulted from the restructuring of Article 690 (Solar PV Systems), including Article 691 (large-scale PV), Article 706 (ESS), Article 710 (stand-alone systems), Article 712 (DC microgrids), and part IV of Article 705 (AC microgrids). We are pleased to be joined by panelists Bill Brooks, who was the primary architect of the Article 690 restructuring, and Pete Jackson, who is one of California's foremost electrical inspectors on PV systems.

This members-only webinar is free for all CALSSA members. You can join the Association here, or contact our Membership Director, Carter Lavin.

About the panelists:

  • Bill Brooks, PE, is Principal of Brooks Engineering and has over 30 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 used throughout the United States and beyond. Bill is an active participant on many national and international codes and standards panels including UL1703 (PV modules), UL1741 (inverters), and UL2703 (mounting systems) Standards Technical Panels. He also represents the Photovoltaic Industry Code Council on Code Making Panel 4 of the National Electrical Code (NEC).

  • Pete Jackson is presently the chief electrical inspector for the city of Bakersfield, California. He attained the status of journeyman wireman in 1984 and owned an electrical contracting business for 10 years before beginning his career as an inspector in 2005. Pete serves as an AHJ representative on over thirty Standards Technical Panels for Underwriters Laboratories and represents the IAEI as the Chair of NEC Code Making Panel 8.

  • Sponsor speaker: Thomas Fairman
    Thomas, the Global Sales Engineering Manager for Tigo, will contribute to the rapid shutdown portion of the webinar. In addition to managing the Training department of Tigo’s Customer Care team, Thomas also manages sales for the Northeastern US at Tigo. Thomas has been a part of the team for 3.5 years representing Tigo’s module-level power electronic solutions and helping navigate industry requirements with manufacturing partners, distributors, installers, solar financiers, and other solar associations. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University. Message him directly at


Thank you to our webinar sponsor!