My house was built in 1973 and has a tiny basement window (single-pane aluminum frame) in a window well. The utility electrical meter is on the same exterior wall, not directly over the basement window.
A few years ago I had some solar panels put on the roof, and they installed all of their meters and inverters right next to the utility electrical meter, so some of their equipment is now directly over the window well.
I'm considering upgrading the tiny window to an egress window, and I'm wondering if there's any way to do that and still meet code.
It looks like the National Electric Code 110.26(A) says I'm supposed to have 3' of space in front of the meters and inverters, but I can't find anything that talks about requirements for what the ground under that working space looks like.
Is the working space rule satisfied, if any workers have to stand on the grate on the top of my egress window well in order to access the equipment?
I emailed my county planning department and they said "Your proposed grate or cover over the window well shall NOT encroach on these requirements for the any electric devices." That sentence is a little convoluted so I'm not 100% sure, but I think he's saying that I can't do what I want to do?