PHRC Webinars

Solar PV in PA: Intro to the Design of New Construction and Retrofit Residential Systems

1/8/2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Sarah Klinetob Lowe (PHRC)


Link to Webinar:


Pennsylvania’s Alternative Residential Energy Provisions include solar photovoltaic systems as an optional entrance requirement. Building off PHRC’s Energy Auditing 101 webinar in January 2018, this webinar will provide an overview of how to design new construction and retrofit solar photovoltaic systems for Pennsylvania homes. The webinar will include how to assess anticipated or actual home energy usage to evaluate sizing needs, how to conduct a solar site assessment for roof- or ground-mount applications, how to use tools like PVWatts for anticipated system output for grid-tied and off-grid systems, and how to place roof-mounted solar photovoltaic panels to comply with 2015 IRC 605.11 requirements.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review components of grid-tied, grid-tied with battery backup, and off-grid solar photovoltaic systems to reduce environmental impacts from site and source energy consumption.
  2. Evaluate anticipated or actual source and site residential energy consumption for solar PV system sizing needs.
  3. Learn how to analyze a site for solar PV system suitability, including for shading, economic feasibility, structural safety, and resulting anticipated energy output.
  4. Review 2015 IRC code requirements that affect roof system placement for fire safety.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credit in live webinar

Credit Hours

Live Webinar: 1.0 L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PDH, 1.0 AIA LU|HSW, 1.0 ICC Contact Hour (0.1 CEU), 1.0 NARI hour/CEU

Tags: Energy Efficiency, Energy Codes, and Green Building



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