DVD Team for 2014 Understanding NEC Requirements for Solar Photovoltaic Systems DVD Program


Bill Brooks
Principal Engineer
Vacaville, CA
www.BrookSolar.com

Bill Brooks has over 25 years of experience designing, installing, and evaluating grid-connected PV systems. More than 12,000 installers and inspectors have attended his courses throughout the U.S. and abroad.

His field troubleshooting skills have been valuable in determining where problems occur to focus training on those issues of greatest need. He has written several important technical manuals for the industry that are now widely used through-out the United States and beyond. His recent publications include the Expedited Permit Process for PV Systems, the Field Inspection Guidelines for PV Systems, and Understanding the CalFire Solar PV Installation Guidelines, as well as articles in Photon and SolarPro magazines.

He is actively involved in the developments of PV codes and standards including IEEE-929 and IEEE1547 (PV Utility Interconnection), the National Electrical Code (NEC®) Article 690 (Solar Photovoltaic Systems), and IEC TC82 (international PV standards). Mr. Brooks is an active participant on many codes and standards panels including Code-Making Panel 4 of the National Electrical Code, UL1703 and UL1741 Standards Technical Panels, and IEC TC82 Working Group 3 and 6. Mr. Brooks was a member of the California Office of the State Fire Marshal’s (Cal Fire) PV Task force that developed the Solar Photovoltaic Installation Guideline, which became the model for national fire regulation. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered Professional Mechanical and Electrical Engineer.

Bill enjoys helping people make progress toward reaching their God-given potential. His interests include sailing, motorcycle riding, performance automobiles, home theatre, and all types of music.



David Click
Program Director, PV Project Engineering
Florida Solar Energy Center
Cocoa, Florida
www.floridaenergycenter.org

Dave Click became involved in solar energy through the Department of Energy’s first Solar Decathlon, serving as project manager for the engineering team behind the University of Virginia’s entry. After receiving his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from UVA, he joined Solar Design Associates in Massachusetts from 2004 to 2007, managing and designing PV projects from 3-600 kWdc.

Since 2007, Dave’s been working at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida with projects including training prospective PV installers, educating code officials on proper PV design and installation, and analyzing the impacts of widespread PV on power systems. He serves as a volunteer for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and he is coordinator for a 7-university team aiming to expand power systems education.

Dave and his family live beneath their 5.4 kW PV system in Orlando; over the last four years, their total electric bill was $81.99.



Mike Culbreath
Graphic Illustrator,
Mike Holt Enterprises, Inc.
Alden, Michigan

Mike Culbreath devoted his career to the electrical industry and worked his way up from an apprentice electrician to master electrician. He started the electrical field doing residential and light commercial construction. He later did service work and custom electrical installations. While working as a journeyman electrician, he suffered a serious on-the-job knee injury. As part of his rehabilitation, Mike completed courses at Mike Holt Enterprises, Inc. and then passed the exam to receive his Master Electrician’s license. In 1986, with a keen interest in continuing education for electricians, he joined the staff to update material and began illustrating Mike Holt’s textbooks and magazine articles.

He started with simple hand-drawn diagrams and cut-and-paste graphics. When frustrated by the limitations of that style of illustrations, he took a company computer home to learn how operate some basic computer graphic software. Becoming aware that computer graphics offered a lot of flexibility for creating illustrations, Mike took every computer graphics class and seminar he could to help develop his computer graphic skills. Mike has now worked as an illustrator and editor with the company for over 25 years and, as Mike Holt has proudly acknowledged, has helped to transform his words and visions into lifelike graphics.

Originally from south Florida, Mike now lives in northern lower Michigan where he enjoys kayaking, photography, and cooking, but his real passion is playing with his horses.

Mike loves spending time with his children Dawn and Mac and his grandchildren Jonah and Kieley.



Jason Fisher
Founder, Solar Technical Consulting
Charlottesville, Virginia
www.solartechconsulting.com

Jason Fisher has been earning his living in the PV industry for more than 16 years. From 1996 to 2006, he owned and operated the first fully licensed PV contracting firm in Maryland, where he designed and installed many of the DC region’s earliest utility-interconnected PV systems including systems for the Pentagon, the Department of State, and the
White House. For six years Jason was the Senior Director for Technical Training for a global manufacturer of PV systems. As an independent consultant, Jason provides technical services to many clients in the PV industry including technical training, design review, performance modeling and validation, system optimization, commissioning, troubleshooting, and owner’s agent.

Jason is a licensed master electrician, a NABCEP™ Certified PV Installation Professional, and a UL Certified PV System Installer. He has over 7 years of experience training thousands of engineers, installers, and inspectors in PV applications and the NEC. He is also the author of several technical articles on PV and is the co-author of a textbook on PV design and installation for a PV system manufacturer.

Jason lives in Charlottesville Virginia with his wife and two kids. He enjoys hiking, sea kayaking, mountain biking, and wood oven cooking.



Mike Holt

Mike Holt worked his way up through the electrical trade. He began as an apprentice electrician and became one of the most recognized experts in the world as it relates to electrical power installations. He has worked as a journeyman electrician, master electrician, and
electrical contractor. Mike’s experience in the real world gives him a unique understanding of how the NEC relates to electrical installations from a practical standpoint. You’ll find his writing style to be direct,
nontechnical, and useful.
Did you know that he didn’t finish high school? So if you struggled in high school or if you didn’t finish it at all, don’t let this get you down, you’re in good company. As a matter of fact, Mike Culbreath, Master Electrician, who produces the finest electrical graphics in the his-
tory of the electrical industry, didn’t finish high school either. So two high school dropouts produced the text and graphics in this textbook! However, realizing success depends on one’s continuing pursuit of
education. Mike immediately attained his GED (as did Mike Culbreath) and ultimately attended the University of Miami’s Graduate School for a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA).
Mike Holt resides in Central Florida, is the father of seven children, and has many outside interests and activities. He’s a six-time National Barefoot Water-Ski Champion (1988, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, and
2008), has set many national records, has competed in three World Championships (2006, 2008, and 2010) and continues to train and work out year-round so that he can qualify to ski in the 2012 World Barefoot Championships at the age of 61!
What sets him apart from some, is his commitment to living a balanced lifestyle; placing God first, family, career, then self.



Ryan Mayfield
State Licensed PV Installer/NABCEP Certified PV
Installer/PV Instructor
Renewable Energy Associates
Corvallis, OR
www.renewableassociates.com

Ryan Mayfield has been working in the renewable energy field since 1999 and currently focuses on commercial photovoltaic (PV) system design and education. As the
President at Renewable Energy Associates, he provides design, support and educational services for contractors, architectural and engineering firms, manufacturers and government agencies. Typical projects include commercial and residential PV system designs and training PV system designers and installers. Ryan also works directly with manufacturers of PV-specific products to help gain market acceptance and develop products that directly help the implementation and use of their products.

Ryan serves as Photovoltaic Systems Technical Editor for SolarPro magazine, regularly writing feature articles in SolarPro and Home Power magazines; he is also the author of PV Design and Installation for Dummies (published in 2010). He is an Affiliated Certified Master Trainer (from the Institute for Sustainable Power Quality) for the PV course he teaches at Lane Community College. Ryan also teaches various PV courses across the nation for electricians, existing solar professionals, code officials, inspectors and individuals looking to join
the solar industry. Ryan holds a Limited Renewable Energy Technician (LRT) license in Oregon and chairs Oregon’s LRT apprenticeship committee.

Ryan lives in Corvallis, OR with his wife, Amy, and three children, A.J., Lauren and Kai. They enjoy getting outdoors as much as possible, especially when they get the opportunity to get in the canoe for a few days.



Richard Stovall
LEED AP BD+C
CEO, SolPowerPeople, Inc.
Austin, Texas

Richard Stovall has been actively involved in the Solar Industry since 2008 motivated by his belief that solar technology will be an engine for economic growth for at least the next century. He has worked in 2 different accredited and industry recognized solar training organizations.

Richard has been involved in developing state of the art hands-on training labs for on-site and mobile education, developing curriculum, and training thousands of electricians, firefighters, solar installers, and utility workers. His company, SolPowerPeople, is known for the SolarMOOC Academy, which features free live lectures by industry experts (Mike Holt being the very first) that have been viewed by over 50,000 people globally. Richard says about his work as a solar instructor: “What’s most satisfying is when I have the opportunity to dispel the myths and misconceptions that most people have about solar energy, and leave them with the knowledge that solar is a viable, affordable, and inevitable solution.”

Richard’s professional experience includes: CEO and owner of SolPowerPeople, Inc. (since 2011); Director of Operations and Lead Instructor for a leading solar training organization (2009 to 2011); Certified IREC ISPQ Master Trainer in Photovoltaics; Certified NABCEP PV Installation Professional; Certified NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional; Certified NABCEP Solar Thermal Installer; Participant on NABCEP’s Solar PV Installer Technical Committee; LEED AP BD+C (Building Design and Construction); M.B.A. with a focus in Technology Management, University of Phoenix; B.A. Business Administration, Saint Edwards University; Certificate in Renewable Energy, Austin Community College.

Richard lives with his wife, Leanne, and two children, Piper and Levi, on a ranch just outside of Austin, Texas.



Sean White
PV Professor and Solar Entrepreneur
Orinda CA and Manila Philippines
www.pvstudent.com

Sean White is an Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC/ISPQ) Certified PV Independent Master Trainer, is NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certified, NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certified, a NABCEP PV Entry Level Program Provider, a California Licensed Electrician, a California Licensed Solar Contractor, a professor at Diablo Valley College and PV instructor who has taught thousands of students in the USA, Canada, China, Philippines, Mongolia and Qatar.

Sean excels at making difficult concepts easy to understand. He is a fun and entertaining speaker. Sean is always working on many projects. Whatever time it is, there is always PV system that is producing power that Sean has worked on around the world. The latest solar companies he has co-founded are a residential installation company White House Solar in California and a commercial installation company Solar Philippines in Manila.

Sean has a big commute and spends his time living with his wife in the Philippines, with his awesome mother in California or often at a solar event somewhere in between. He is currently installing a 0.0001 MW (do the math) PV system on his sailboat “Stella” in the San Francisco Bay.