The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop 11 new solar and energy storage standards, two months after being approved as an Accredited Standards Development Organization.
The approved proposals include standards for residential and commercial and industrial installation requirements, supply chain traceability, consumer protection, decommissioning, recycling and end of life management, as well as training for installation, operations and maintenance, and health and safety.
The SEIA said the standards would be developed â€œunder a multi-step, consensus process through SEIAâ€™s Standard Technical Committees, a diverse collection of SEIA members and industry leaders who represent solar developers, installation companies and voices throughout the solar value chainâ€.
SEIAâ€™s first Standards Technical Committee will prioritise the development of a supply chain traceability standard. This work will build on SEIAâ€™s traceability protocol and is the â€œnatural progression of SEIAâ€™s leadership to ensure that solar and storage products installed in the United States are sourced in an ethical and sustainable way,â€ a statement said.
â€œAs the solar and storage industry rapidly grows, managing our growth must be a top priorityâ€ said SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. â€œResponsible 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.â€