For the past few months, NFPA has hosted a series of videos to help explain the significant changes to the 2017 edition of NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) that impacts the electrical industry as a whole, as well as the work you do every day. We’re pleased that so many of you have taken the time to view this series and have utilized our Xchange platform to start discussions and ask questions about the code.
This latest video is the last in our series but one that is extremely relevant to many of our industry stakeholders. In the video I talk through some of the most significant changes that impact alternative energy technologies and electrical vehicle supply equipment. There are four new articles added to the 2017 NEC covering alternative energy systems that I covered in our first video but in this segment I discuss important changes to existing articles such as 625 on Electric Vehicle Supply Systems and 690 on Solar Photovoltaic Systems.
Article 625 is one such article that’s in the technology fast lane. Inductive charging systems, now referred to as wireless power transfer, are now covered in Article 625. New rules covering the installation of wireless power transfer equipment now reside in Article 625. This article is an example of why it is so important for the NEC to be regularly updated to include rules for safe installation and implementation of new technology in homes, businesses and other occupancies. Equally important is for the regulatory community to take advantage of NFPA’s efforts by adopting the most recent edition of the NEC.
We also include in this video, other impactful changes from the 2017 edition that you absolutely need to know, including updates to requirements in Articles 690 and 705 for photovoltaic systems that are interconnected with another source of electrical power. First responder protection when responding to incidents at buildings or structures with PV systems has been enhanced through revisions to the requirements for rapid shutdown of photovoltaic systems on buildings or structures.
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