Whether or not you are subject to building codes, we urge you to
do a safe and neat job. The reputation of renewable energy, and
the resale value of your home are at stake. Learn about battery
safety, fusing and grounding for your home. The owner-builder
ultimately takes responsibility for the safety of the home by
following building codes as well as individual responsibility
FUSING, at a MINIMUM, is ESSENTIAL FOR FIRE SAFETY. A fuse or
circuit breaker is required for every single wire, large or
small, connected to the positive of your battery. Un-fused
wiring can start fires. Rework existing wiring that is unsafe or
not properly fused. We can supply circuit breakers and power
centers that are UL listed, as well as low priced separate fuses
and holders (which will not pass code inspection unless
installed in metal enclosures).
BUILDING INSPECTORS? Photovoltaic powered homes are included in
the National Electric Code. Although smaller homes in remote
areas are often ignored by building inspectors where there may
be no local codes, in other areas, electrical inspectors do
enforce wiring codes on every house with wires in it, no matter
what the power source or voltage. It is a good idea to find out
how ‘off grid’ homes are treated in your area. Cost of rewiring
is much higher than the cost of doing it right the first time.
Some off-grid items in this catalog may not pass building
inspection in some areas. Where you do need to meet strict
building codes, the easiest way is to follow your inspector's
advice and use UL listed power centers and breaker boxes.
GET HELP AS NEEDED. Some electricians may not be familiar with
low voltage equipment, but they can certainly help you with
installation of conduit, underground cable, and wiring the home
safely. Books on design and safety are at the end of this
See website http://www.dsireusa.org/ for information on state
loans, financial incentives, and tax breaks for solar
installations throughout the United States.
Home Power Magazine is a great source of information about
home-scale renewable energy and independent living technologies.
Published bimonthly, it provides extensive product information,
project case studies, buyer advice, how-to instruction, and much
more. See their WebSite (www.homepower.com) or contact them at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 707-6585, or (541) 512-0201.
Classes: Solar Energy International offers hands-on training in
several locations. PO Box 715, Carbondale, Colorado. Phone (970)
963-8855, Fax (970) 963-8866. Email email@example.com.
Internet at http://www.solarenergy.org.
Hours: Mon. thru Fri.
8 to 5 Pacific Time.
Visiting Hours: M-F 1:00-4:00 PM
24 Hr. Fax: 208-265-4788
Backwoods Solar Electric Systems
1589 Rapid Lightning Creek Rd
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 USA