This class provides six non-code hours of continuing education approved for Power Limited Technicians (PLTs) with a focus on recent changes to rules and laws, including those on photovoltaic (PV) systems.
The class begins with a look at how the Minnesota Electrical Act approaches PLTs, including statutes on licensing, registration of unlicensed individuals, and requirement for operating an electrical business in Minnesota. The module finishes with how Supervision, Technology and Process Control Circuits or Systems, and Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, or Remote Control and Signaling Circuits are defined. The review of the Minnesota Electrical Act finishes with statutes on safety, inspections, fees, and manufactured electrical parts.
The class next addresses Administrative Rules, including selected rules from Chapter 3800 that clarify how the DLI administers licensing, designation of Responsible Electrician, advertising, inspections, PLT training programs, and "Exclusive Administrative Remedy". The portion of the course on rules finishes with a review of how Chapter 1300, the Minnesota Building Code, is applied and how it impacts PLTs.
The class approaches PV system regulation in Minnesota through a framework created by the DLI to answer common questions and concerns. This followed by a survey of IRC Section R324 [Solar Energy Systems] which has, for the first time, been adopted by Minnesota. The class then provides a review of 16 of the most significant 2020 NEC changes to codes on PV systems.
There is a guide to sizing a home solar electric system and to the components & configuration of a PV System, including energy storage systems, power conditioning equipment, batteries, charge controllers, and Balance of System (BOS) Components. The class finishes up with a review of conductors and wiring methods, including OCPD, disconnects, and grounding, and with a look at the future of photovoltaics.
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- Approved By: Minnesota DLI
Charles "Chuck" Price is At Your Pace Online's Subject Matter Expert for the Electrical Trade. He started out in grocery management at the age of 18 and after 5 years decided to venture into the electrical trade in 1996. He served his apprenticeship and quickly became a foreman running work. He gained experience in many facets of the trade such as working on traffic signals, hospitals and healthcare buildings, waste water treatment plants, and many commercial applications including telecommunications data centers. He currently is working for the area's largest healthcare system.
One of his passions is working with kids - and that starts with his own two boys! He has coached youth football and basketball at several levels and is part of a men's organization that raises money for the youth as well. He is a leader in the local 4-H group, helping kids learn about animal science. All in all, Chuck focuses on being the best father he can be, while maintaining a firm grasp on the ever-changing electrical industry.