The SunSpec Alliance is a trade alliance of developers, manufacturers, and service providers, together pursuing information standards for the distributed energy industry. SunSpec standards address most operational aspects of PV and other distributed energy power plants on the smart grid—including residential, commercial, and utility-scale systems—thus reducing cost, promoting innovation, and accelerating industry growth. Over 70 organizations are members of the SunSpec Alliance, including global leaders from Asia, Europe, and North America. Membership is open to corporations, non-profits, and individuals. For more information about the SunSpec Alliance, or to download SunSpec specifications at no charge, please visit www.sunspec.org.
The mission of the SunSpec Alliance is to accelerate the growth of the Distributed Energy industry and expand the market for renewable power by specifying de facto standards - information models, data formats, communication protocols, system interfaces, and other artifacts - that enable Distributed Energy power plants to interoperate transparently with system components, software applications, financial systems, and the Smart Grid.
Standards Enable Growth and Scale
When you examine the ubiquitous technologies around us, their success is often tied to standardization. From video formats, to electrical equipment, to the Internet itself, the establishment of standards has significantly reduced the cost and complexity of systems and enabled low-cost adoption at global scale.
With standards, the Distributed Energy industry (in particular the solar PV industry) can build upon the competitiveness it has already attained, sustain the profitability and economies of scale needed for widespread deployment, and compete on even footing with all other forms of energy generation.
Keys To Success: Open and Free
The SunSpec Alliance takes an open, customer-driven approach to standards development. SunSpec specifications are available for most solar PV system elements and are being adopted around the globe. The ultimate aim of any de facto standard is to become an “official” standard. Accordingly, SunSpec embraces international and national standards of all types and employs a strategy of maintaining compatibility and harmonization with relevant IEC and IEEE standards.