IET Public Consultation Opens on New Solar Photovoltaic Guidelines

Engineers, technicians and researchers are invited to comment on the new Code of Practice for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems, due for publication by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2015.

The Code of Practice, the first from the IET to cover solar photovoltaic energy, is open for consultation until 7 November 2014 via the IET website.

The new Code of Practice, due for publication early next year, will address the requirements for the design, installation and operation for all scales of solar PV deployment in the UK. It will provide engineers and technicians with guidance on the safe, effective and competent application of grid-connected solar PV systems, including building-mounted, building-integrated and ground-mounted installations.

Ray Noble, of the IET Solar Photovoltaic Technical Committee and the DECC Solar Strategy group, said: “The popularity of solar photovoltaic systems has increased in recent years to the point that a Code of Practice is essential to meeting the challenges of this maturing industry.

“Key stakeholder involvement is critical to this Code of Practice, and so the development of this document by a respected body such as the IET will increase consumer confidence, while also meeting the needs of solar PV professionals, users and owners.”

Solar panels can be used for a variety of applications, including domestic, large roof, building façade and solar field.

In developing the new Code of Practice, the IET worked with the BRE National Solar Centre as expert technical authors, as well as with a technical committee of key stakeholders to build broad consensus for this important field.

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