Municipalities can use this checklist to ensure PV installers are aware of code requirements that must be verified on site during inspections.
This Model Inspection Checklist for Rooftop PV Systems App can serve a variety of important functions. First, it can serve as a supplementary educational tool for new or experienced inspectors to ensure they are aware of the host of code requirements that must be verified on-site during the inspection. It can also increase the consistency of inspections, by both a single inspector, as well as different inspectors working for the jurisdiction. Consistent inspections ensure high-quality, safe installations and also reduce conflict with installers, who may complain when they perceive that different inspectors provide different results. The municipality can also use an inspection checklist as a tool for highlighting particular issues that seem to be repeatedly problematic for installers. For example, a checklist could contain a section for “common mistakes” which could highlight particular issues for both installers and inspectors to verify.