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May Update

Orange Button℠ is Underway

SGIP’s key Orange Button℠ activities in May are communicating, recruiting, and planning.  We are convening a strategy working group, and five SME working groups focused on data used in the solar project lifecycle: Deployment, Financial, Real Estate, Solar O&M, and Grid Interconnection.

Along with our partners: Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), SunSpec Alliance, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and kWh Analytics; we’ve begun our outreach and will begin documenting the current state of solar industry data standards and market needs.

Interoperability Process Reference Manual Now an ANSI/NEMA Standard

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ANSI/NEMA SG-IPRM 1-2016 10- 2015: Smart Grid Interoperability Process Reference Manual.  The standard was a joint effort by the NEMA Distribution Automation Technical Committee and SGIP’s Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee (SGTCC).  The IPRM contains Testing and Certification recommendations and best practices that promote the introduction of interoperable products in the marketplace.

Next Step: The SGIP Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee (SGTCC) is seeking participants for a new Working Group to develop a companion user guide for the Interoperability Process Reference Manual (IPRM) Standard.

Another new Standard: Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM/PAP-17)

On May 2nd, ANSI provided final approval of ASHRAE/NEMA/ANSI Standard 201: Facility Smart Grid Information Model (FSGIM).  SGIP’s PAP-17 started in 2010 and is a foundational piece of this standard that refined the use cases for the FSGIM.  NIST’s Steve Bushby led the PAP-17 team and the ASHRAE joint Standard Project Committee that developed Standard 201.