CODES & STANDARDS WORKING GROUP (BI-WEEKLY): This group focuses on development and revision of Building Codes and Product Standards, as well as fire safety, to ensure the continued expansion of solar-friendly technical market requirements while maintaining safety and quality. It proactively engages with streamlining testing and certification requirements and the advancement of respected industry wide objectives for increased market credibility and growth.
COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): The C&I Working Group is focused on expanding solar deployment opportunities in the commercial and industrial and non-profit sectors through financial innovations, standardization of project documents, education and outreach. The Working Group continues, in part, the work of the SEIA Finance Initiative which focused on commercial PACE and other financial tools to overcome relevant barriers and reduce unnecessary transaction costs.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): The Community Engagement Working Group (CEWG) provides a venue for SEIA member companies to share and to improve best practices for ensuring a diverse company workforce, encourage access of solar to low income customers and to develop and implement new community outreach initiatives.
CYBERSECURITY WORKING GROUP (AD HOC): The Cybersecurity Working Group is tasked with the integral and important mission of making solar the most secure fuel source on the grid. This working group will focus on the importance of securing solar's cyber, physical, and supply chain critical infrastructure. The working group will provide members from all segments of the solar industry the opportunity to engage in education, information exchange, and tracking ongoing threats to the U.S. electricity grid.
DG PERMITTING WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): The DG Permitting Working Group coordinates industry efforts to improve the process of permitting, inspection, and interconnection for customer-sited PV. Working group members engage with external stakeholders including code officials, policymakers, and other advocacy organizations to improve processes and interactions to dramatically reduce the effort and cost of deploying distributed PV systems while maintaining safety and quality.
MOUNTING SYSTEMS MANUFACTURERS WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): The working group represents all PV mounting and racking segments covering system installation locations and applications including residential, commercial and utility scale projects on steep slope, low slope (flat roof) and fixed and tracking ground mount systems; working closely with SEIA’s Codes & Standards Working Group. *Open to only members of mounting and/or racking companies.
OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): Solar system and plant owners, operators and service providers want to optimize for plant performance, customer satisfaction, profit and long-term performance sustainability. As a critical segment in the solar value chain, the newly formed Operations & Maintenance Working Group will work on issues unique and critical to service providers and organizations involved in this activity.
PUERTO RICO WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): This group focuses on Puerto Rican solar deployment, including market development, disaster recovery, and grid resiliency. The Working Group continues, in part, the work that SEIA initiated in 2017 in response to Hurricane Maria.
PURPA WORKING GROUP (WEEKLY): This group is dedicated working on PURPA (Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act) issues at the state and federal levels.
PV RECYCLING WORKING GROUP (WEEKLY): The group examines PV Recycling structures and financing, creates PV Recycling messaging and communications, establishes the SEIA national PV recycling program and helps to formulate responses to any PV Recycling regulations.
SOLAR QUALITY ASSURANCE WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): The Solar Quality Assurance Working Group seeks to evaluate, develop and encourage adoption of industry best practices in solar asset design, production estimate, installation, commissioning and O&M, and contractor qualification. The group’s activities are intended to facilitate high-quality solar installations that induce consumer and investor confidence across the industry. The group will leverage the expertise of solar developers, asset managers, independent engineers, component manufacturers, investors and other stakeholders to create; and encourage the widespread adoption of; protocols, criteria, tools, and other resources that help standardize and improve asset quality.
TRANSMISSION WORKING GROUP (AD HOC): This group is the designated forum for SEIA members to discuss electricity transmission matters, particularly issues before the FERC, including variable resources integration, open access policies, transmission planning and cost allocation issues, reactive power and other matters.