SunSpec Alliance Works To Advance Renewable Energy Standards

At Intersolar North America las week, the newly formed SunSpec Alliance announced that it and its consortium of member companies are set to begin work on defining open data standards for the renewable energy and photovoltaic (PV) industries.

“The basic building blocks of solar PV systems—the inverters themselves, for example—must support an open standard interface for intelligent interaction and management,” said Tom Tansy, vice president of marketing for Fat Spaniel Technologies. “Practitioners must have this capability because they know that management solutions are vital for achieving the best possible ROI. The SunSpec Alliance can speed the definition of the required industry-standard interfaces and help address other interoperability issues that currently diminish system efficiency, availability, and profitability.”

Standards ultimately drive down costs, enabling manufacturers to embed more intelligence into system components and streamline the integration and management of renewable energy systems.

Membership is open to any corporation, non-profit, or individual with a vested interest in the renewable energy industry, including manufacturers of inverters, PV balance-of-system components, networking firms, software developers, computer hardware companies, system integrators, financial backers, regulatory agencies, and energy consumers.

The following companies have joined the alliance as charter members: Campbell Scientific, Draker Laboratories, Dust Networks, Energy Recommerce Inc., Fat Spaniel Technologies, Fronius USA, KACO Solar, Nautilus Solar Energy, PV Powered, Renewable Ventures (a Fotowatio Company), SatCon Technology Corporation, SMA America, Solar Power Partners and Veris Industries.

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