Hardware and Inspections


Do not require any hardware that is not specifically required by locally adopted standards and codes including:

  • Visible, lockable AC disconnects
  • Rooftop disconnects

Can You Hear Me Now?Consider eliminating utility site inspections by accepting code and safety inspection results from the local jurisdiction.

If a utility inspection is required, consider the following policies:

  • Complete the inspection within three days of the request.
  • Provide a specific time of inspection to the system installer.
  • Make information on inspection requirements easy to access.
  • Eliminate redundant site visits by combining inspections. For example, one large Oregon utility typically conducts inspections coincident with the placement of bi-directional meters, thus eliminating the need for a separate scheduled inspection. Customers and installers appreciate the time savings!


External Disconnect Switch: Reasons to Eliminate the Requirement