2012 Canadian Electrical Code Addresses Renewable Energy Applications

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The expanding market for renewable energy systems has led to the need to establish electrical safety requirements to ensure safe practices for installation and maintenance personnel and to provide a level regulatory playing field for installers and manufacturers. Revisions to the 2012 Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), Part I, respond to this market need through the addition of Section 64 on "Renewable Energy Systems" and adoption of required revisions to Section 50 on "Solar Photovoltaic Systems".

The newly developed Section 64 was formulated through extensive research of existing international documents and reflects the principles of global standards and industry best practices, while addressing unique Canadian installation requirements for wind, hydrokinetic, micro-hydro & fuel cell systems and other renewable energy systems. While Section 64 covers many new technologies, requirements for solar photovoltaic systems in Section 50 have been substantially updated to reflect many technology specific requirements.