For Immediate Release: November 9, 2023
Christine O’Neill
Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments


Solar Inspection Training for Connecticut Building Officials 

WATERBURY, CT – The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG), in partnership with SolSmart, is offering a free, virtual training on best practices for inspections of solar installations. The training is open to all building officials and will take place on Friday, December 8th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Event speakers will include Jeffrey Cook and Sertaç Akar from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Connecticut State Building Inspector Omarys Vasquez. These presenters will review solar inspection best practices, codes and standards, how to develop and use an inspection checklist, and the integration of solar with energy storage systems. 

Building officials who attend this training will be eligible to receive one OEDM Continuing Education Credit. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance.  

NVCOG is a regional agency that supports 19 municipalities in west-central Connecticut with transportation, environmental, land use, and other types of planning. SolSmart is a U.S. Department of Energy funded program that provides no-cost technical assistance to governments to promote solar energy use, and awards designations to celebrate communities and regions for their excellence in this field. NVCOG currently holds Bronze SolSmart status and looks forward to achieving Silver status early next year. 

To join the training, please register at Questions may be directed to