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NECA Publishes Revised Recommended Practice for Designing, Installing, Operating and Maintaining Microgrids

Jan 27, 2020

NECA 417-2019, Recommended Practice for Designing, Installing, Operating, and Maintaining Microgrids is the latest revision in the National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS®) series published by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

NECA 417 has been meticulously revised to include the latest revisions in the National Electrical Code (NEC)® while continuing to deliver most current and highest level of quality and performance criteria to maintain and operate microgrid systems through recommended practices successfully, this helps contractors, designers, and installers get the installation right the first time.

This standard applies to microgrids and provides recommended practices for their design, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance. It covers distributed energy resources, distributed generation and energy storage systems, electrical power distribution system components and equipment associated with microgrids. This applies to Energy Storage Systems (see NECA 416) and Microgrid Generation Systems, including:

  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Systems (See NECA 412)
  • Wind Power Systems
  • Fuel Cells
  • Microturbines
  • Engine-Generators (See NECA 404)

Additionally, NECA 417 covers power distribution system components and equipment associated with microgrids and energy storage systems and can be applied to conductors, disconnecting means, overcurrent protection and grounding and bonding.

In today's market, owners demand the best electrical installation for their money. Conforming to the requirements of the NEIS ensures that facility owners and managers receive a quality installation that will not only look good but will also provide optimal performance for years.

“NECA's library of National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS) has grown over the years, and as new technologies emerge, the NEIS evolve and keep pace,” stated Michael Johnston, NECA Executive Director of Standards and Safety. “The standards are constantly providing significant value to those involved in electrical design and engineering communities. NEIS help professionals reduce and often eliminate specification writing time in the design development process.”


NECA 417-2019, Recommended Practice for Designing, Installing, Operating, and Maintaining Microgrids is $25 for NECA members and $55 for non-members.

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Index# NECA 417-2019