Kennebec Valley Community College to hold solar photovoltaic code workshop


January 6th, 2014 

ReVision Energy workers installing solar panels on the Alfond arena, at Thomas College.

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) will offer a unique one-day workshop for Maine code officials and photovoltaic (PV) design and installation professionals on Jan. 21 at its Fairfield campus.

The one-day Solar PV Workshop for Maine Code Officials will focus on electrical, building, and fire safety codes and how they apply to PV systems. This workshop will benefit not only the code officials who permit and inspect PV systems, but also the professionals who design and install PV systems who would like a deeper understanding of PV code requirements.

Solar PV installations have increased exponentially in the last five years as prices for the technology have fallen precipitously. Because this technology is advancing so rapidly, there is a great need for training on inspecting solar systems to ensure they meet life safety code requirements.

In 2012, KVCC was appointed by DOE to serve as the Northeast Provider of Solar Instructor Training – North, for DOE’s Solar Instructor Training Network. KVCC provides solar photovoltaic (PV) training to instructors and code enforcement officials across the Northeast United States to facilitate DOE’s goal for the creation of a well-trained and highly qualified solar energy workforce to meet the projected needs of the solar industry.

Those interested are asked to register by Jan. 9. A flyer on this workshop and a registration form may be found online at:

For more information or to register for Solar PV Workshop for Maine Code Officials contact the Office of Energy Programs at (207) 453-5813 or