UpCodes logo
// CODE SNIPPET

Section 3111 Solar Energy Systems

Go To Full Code Chapter
3111.1 General
Solar energy systems shall comply with the requirements of this section.
3111.1.1 Wind Resistance
Rooftop-mounted photovoltaic (PV) panel systems and solar thermal collectors shall be designed in accordance with Section 1609.
3111.1.2 Roof Live Load
Roof structures that provide support for solar energy systems shall be designed in accordance with Section 1607.14.4.
3111.2 Solar Thermal Systems
Solar thermal systems shall be designed and installed in accordance with this section, the International Plumbing Code, the International Mechanical Code and the International Fire Code. Where light-transmitting plastic covers are used, solar thermal collectors shall be designed in accordance with Section 2606.12.
3111.2.1 Equipment
Solar thermal systems and components shall be listed and labeled in accordance with ICC 900/SRCC 300 and ICC 901/SRCC 100.
3111.3 Photovoltaic Solar Energy Systems
Photovoltaic solar energy systems shall be designed and installed in accordance with this section, the International Fire Code, NFPA 70 and the manufacturer's installation instructions.
3111.3.1 Equipment
Photovoltaic panels and modules shall be listed and labeled in accordance with UL 1703 or with both UL 61730-1 and UL 61730-2. Inverters shall be listed and labeled in accordance with UL 1741. Systems connected to the utility grid shall use inverters listed for utility interaction.
3111.3.2 Fire Classification
Rooftop-mounted photovoltaic (PV) panel systems shall have a fire classification in accordance with Section 1505.9. Building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems installed as roof coverings shall have a fire classification in accordance with Section 1505.8.
3111.3.3 Building-Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Systems
BIPV systems installed as roof coverings shall be designed and installed in accordance with Section 1507.
3111.3.4 Access and Pathways
Roof access, pathways and spacing requirements shall be provided in accordance with Section 1205 of the International Fire Code.
3111.3.5 Ground-Mounted Photovoltaic Systems
Ground-mounted photovoltaic systems shall be designed and installed in accordance with Chapter 16 and the International Fire Code.
3111.3.5.1 Fire Separation Distances
Ground-mounted photovoltaic systems shall be subject to the fire separation distance requirements determined by the local jurisdiction.

Related Code Sections

3111.3.2 Special Construction, Fire Classification
Rooftop-mounted photovoltaic systems shall have a fire classification in accordance with Section 1505.9. Building-integrated photovoltaic systems ...