March 05, 2014 – Ashburn, VA:
IBTS has developed a resource for “Solar PV Labeling Requirements” to assist installers, building officials and third-party inspectors better understand the NEC labeling requirements for residential Solar PV systems. IBTS, a leader in Solar Quality Assurance (QA) has published the Solar Labeling Specifications guide to accompany the article “Sweating the Details – Quality Matters.” The article discusses the importance of properly labeling a Solar PV system to ensure homeowner safety. Based on our inspection results, we find that systems are improperly labeled for over 60% of solar installations, even after the local jurisdiction has inspected and approved the system.
IBTS is a non-profit organization that acts as a third-party quality assurance resource for solar finance companies, utility programs and local jurisdictions. IBTS inspectors verify that systems were installed to applicable building code, industry best practices and manufacturers’ specifications. IBTS services ensure the quality and reliability of Solar PV installations so that they perform as designed.
Since improper labeling is common, IBTS is making this valuable resource available for free to download from its website. https://www.ibts.org/solar-labeling.html
The form can help PV installers avoid overlooking the small details of Solar PV installations, which are often most important to ensure building occupants’ safety. A system that is not labeled or labeled improperly can be a hazard to the homeowner when making repairs, and also to first responders during a house fire. Likewise, it’s important to follow the NEC labeling requirements so system components can be identified quickly, especially in an emergency situation.
IBTS created an infographic with labeling details that can be used during inspections, as well as during installation. The “Solar Labeling Specifications” guide has been made available to ensure public safety, which is part of the mission of IBTS.
Dana Johnston, Energy Marketing Manager
IBTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping communities through quality services that reduce risk, enhance public safety, and improve quality of life. IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia with branch offices across the country. IBTS’s work is guided by a Board of Directors made up of government officials appointed by five of the most highly respected, grassroots, state and local governmental associations. The board appointing organizations include the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), the Council of State Governments (CSG), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the National League of Cities (NLC), and International City/County Management Association (ICMA).