2023 Electrical Safety Code – Safety Rules for Solar Farms
The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC®), also referred to as IEEE-C2, covers the practical safeguarding of utility persons during the installation, operation or maintenance of electric supply stations, overhead supply lines, and underground or buried supply cables.
The NESC® is a recognized American National Standard and has been adopted in whole or part by most U.S. states. The NESC® is updated every five years to keep the Code current with changes in the industry and technology. The new Code took effect on February 1, 2023.
The revised NESC® includes a new Section (19) to address photovoltaic (PV) generating stations, commonly referred to as solar farms. The provisions of the section apply to PV generating stations that are under the exclusive control of utilities and are not mounted on occupied buildings. There are five components within this section: location, grounding configurations, vegetation management, DC overcurrent protection, and DC conductors.
New requirements of NESC® include:
For more information, please contact Loss Control Utility Operations Vice President, Laura Strowbridge, P.E., by e-mail or 201.289.0787, or your designated AEGIS Loss Control Senior Electric Utility Professional.
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