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SEIA Codes & Standards Symposium

New Decade, New Codes

SEIA Codes & Standards Symposium
Monday, September 14
Co-located with SPI, ESI, and North America Smart Energy Week
Hilton Anaheim - Pacific A

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This year 2020 marks the implementation of new and improved building and energy codes that impact solar installation. Our experts will provide insight into the transition to these newer codes, identifying key considerations for designers, engineers, marketers, and policy professionals.

Solar system design and installation is regulated by a complex and interconnected system of codes and product standards that vary by geography. The 4th annual SEIA Codes & Standards Symposium will provide actionable guidance that enables solar firms to successfully navigate the codes environment, evaluate opportunities for market growth, and gain an advantage in marketing products and services to customers.

New to this year’s program will be the addition of three foundational webinars that will cover the basics and updates to key topic areas – electrical and PV hazard control, structural and fire, and energy storage.  These webinars will be held in June, July and August leading up to the in-person event in September.

Attendees will be briefed on key elements of brand-new codes & standards, including the 2017 National Electrical Code, the 2018 International Building, Fire and related codes, and the 2019 California Building Standards Code. You’ll also learn what’s on the horizon for the next generation of solar codes and standards, shaping the future of solar regulations. Staying informed of these developments is critical to give your company a competitive advantage in a crowded marketplace.

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Who should attend:

  • Solar design professionals
  • Electrical engineers
  • Structural engineers
  • Permitting managers
  • Solar product designers
  • Residential energy storage product manufacturers
  • Solar design software vendors
  • Homebuilders interested in solar
  • Marketing and business development professionals
  • Policy developers involved in technical regulations and building/energy codes

Agenda

Time Session Information
7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration Open
8:30 am - 9:00 am Opening Session, Welcome
The Changing Landscape of Solar in the U.S.
9:00 am - 10:00 am Collaborative Industry Efforts
SEIA works with many partners to advance solar-friendly codes, standards and related regulatory requirements as well as improvements in permitting, inspection and installation of solar throughout the U.S. We've invited a few of those collaborators to share the progress regarding SolarAPP (a permitting software platform) and the national effort towards building AHJ and industry collaboration.
10:00 am - 10:15 am Networking Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am TBD
11:20 am - 12:20 pm Where are They Now? Innovation and Trends in PV Systems and Components
This session will explain corrosion and define issues relating to the use of dissimilar metals, different ISO Service Environments, soil corrosion, and the design life of mounting systems for 25-year frames. Additionally, this program will describe codes and standards related to corrosion, and investigate the design life of frames and piles and incorporate a review of case studies featuring in-ground and atmospheric failures and successes. Codes and standards related to corrosion will also be addressed.The solar industry always leads the pack when it comes to innovation and this year is no exception. Though these changes create excitement and opportunities, they can also present regulatory challenges. This session will focus on the latest trends in PV and energy storage applications and what new products are expected to come to market. A panel of representatives from major manufacturers will present on their latest products and participate in a group discussion about how their innovations are helping to evolve, or could be impeded by, codes and standards. Representatives from solar module/BIPV, power electronics (microinverters, optimizers), mounting systems, and balance of systems manufacturers will be invited.
12:20 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch Break & Session: Major Product Standard Update and Impact
Several major PV products have updated and on-going developments in requirements, such connectors, PV Hazard Control, ESS Fire testing, etc. Our lunch session will include an overview and then selected topics will be discussed at different tables with UL PDEs and codes/standards experts.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Grid Graduation:  Increasing Intelligence for DERs through IoT, Autonomy, AI and Advanced Technology
Distributed energy resources (DERs), from solar panels to tracker systems to balance-of-systems equipment are rapidly integrating increased intelligence.  This transition is being accomplished through advanced electronics and sensors, increasingly complex software controls, and enhanced communications. Increasingly DERs are developing the ability to ingest weather forecasts, respond to real-time conditions with enhanced sophistication, provide increased protective features and provide new modes of operation and control. As the energy infrastructure increasingly integrates intelligent assets with the Internet of Things (IoT), there are new possibilities and values opened for performance, integrations, and operation.  These technologies also might generate new vulnerabilities in terms of functional safety, systems integration, software updates and cyber-security.  As we look to a future with more machine learning & other artificial intelligence, edge solutions, autonomy and cloud-based algorithms, maximizing the benefits and mitigating the vulnerabilities will be critical for sustainably advancing solar deployment.  This session will review the key technological trends and measures being developed to proactively address safety, security and reliability.
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm Networking Break 
2:45 pm - 3:50 pm TBD
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Microgrids - Hey Team! Are We There Yet?
Microgrid Status Update - What is happening and what is not? The session will include a) information on what is necessary for microgrid applications; b) the technologies included in microgrid systems and potential impacts on interconnected EPS reliability/resilience; c) what is in installation standards (e.g. NEC): d) content of product standards (UL, IEC); and e) interconnect rules and mandates (CE). Further, impacts, evolution, safety of related energy storage, and a new distributed energy resource standard (UL 3001 development) will be discussed. Other topics to be briefly addressed include distributed energy resource management systems (DERMs), microgrids as part of developing energy ecosystems, and microgrid controller standards impacts on smaller residential and commercial microgrids?

 

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