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Carter PhotoFirst, meet Steve Carter, our winner from Phoenix, Ariz., a self-proclaimed code lover. Steve used his love and knowledge of the NEC to climb to the top of the online leaderboard, where he held the highest score throughout 2014. After spending 21 years in the electrical field, he is putting his expertise to the test for a chance to win $5,000!

Carter is currently an Electrical Inspector for the City of Phoenix, responsible for verifying and ensuring compliance of electrical installations with the most current adopted electrical standards. He agrees that his life and career depend on his knowledge of the code. You can say that he is somewhat a master guru of the NEC and is up for the challenge!

After viewing last year’s championship, Carter saw a great opportunity to participate in a challenge that pertained to his career and the importance of the NEC.

“There are not many opportunities for people to entertain in this type of venue,” said Carter in his interview after he competed in the first play-in round to earn his spot in the championship. “This is a fantastic opportunity for anybody to get involved, open up the code book and get motivated to study it.”

When Steve isn’t brushing up on his code knowledge in preparation for the championship, you can find him rocking out to Bob Seger, hiking, fishing or spending time with his family and friends.

So what will this lover of the code do if he takes home the NEC Challenge Champion belt and the $5,000 grand prize? He’ll treat his first love, his wife, by packing their bags and leis to head to Hawaii for a winning celebration.

Want to see if Steve takes home the grand prize? Visit to find out how you can register to view the crowning of our next NEC Challenge Champion this Friday, February 6th at 12:00 p.m. EST.

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While photovoltaic systems have numerous benefits for energy generation, they have always presented a unique challenge for first responders, because the systems cannot be turned off quickly or easily.

Jeffrey Sargent, NFPA regional electrical code specialist, writes in his column in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal about a new requirement in the 2014 National Electrical Code® that will help solve this problem.

The 2014 NEC requires “rapid shutdown,” a device that can quickly reduce the power output of a PV system.

“Within 10 seconds of activation, the rapid-shutdown system reduces the voltage level to not more than 30 volts, and the overall power in the system to not greater than 240 volt-amperes, levels that mitigate shock and electrical burn hazards,” Sargent writes.

To learn more about this requirement, read the latest issue of NFPA Journal

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