Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has received a green light from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop 11 cutting-edge solar and energy storage standards. This approval comes within a brief period of being recognized as an Accredited Standards Development Organization. The 1st American National Standard on Solar and Energy Storage Supply Chain Traceability Standard will be published by early 2024.
The proposals, showcased in the most recent ANSI Standards Action publication, cover a wide range of areas, including residential, commercial, and industrial installation requirements, supply chain traceability, consumer protection, decommissioning, recycling, end-of-life management, as well as comprehensive training covering installation, operations, maintenance, and health and safety protocols.
“As the solar and storage industry rapidly grows, managing our growth must be a top priority” said SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “Responsible industries set the bar for guidance on safety, sustainability and ethics, and we are proud to lead the clean energy sector into an era of compliance and maturity that instills confidence in customers, lawmakers, and other critical partners.”
The standards will be developed in a multi-step, consensus-driven process, led by SEIA’s Standard Technical Committees. This committee comprises a diverse and inclusive assembly of SEIA members and industry experts, representing solar developers, installation companies, and various stakeholders along the solar value chain.
SEIA’s initial Standards Technical Committee will focus on developing a crucial supply chain traceability standard. This will leverage SEIA’s existing traceability protocol and marks a logical step forward in SEIA’s commitment to assume a leadership role in ensuring that solar and storage products used in the United States are sourced in an ethical and sustainable manner.