SunSpec IEEE 2030.5 / CSIP Certification

California Rule 21 requires that, by default, Distributed Energy Resources within Investor Owned Utilities (IOU) must utilize the IEEE™ 2030.5-2018 networking standard in the manner described in the SunSpec Common Smart Inverter Profile (CSIP).

Products certified by SunSpec to the 2030.5 standard for wide area communication can be installed on sites connected to California Investor Owned Utilities and have the confidence in their compatibility with local area communication protocols like the freely available SunSpec Modbus Standards.

SunSpec IEEE 2030.5/CSIP Certification Testing must be conducted by one of our Authorized Test Labs (ATLs). Each test lab is free to determine its own testing and fee structures. Once a Certification Application and payment have been submitted to SunSpec a shared space is opened where your ATL test engineer can submit test results for our analysis.  SunSpec evaluates the test results for compliance to the SunSpec CSIP and the SunSpec CSIP Test Procedures and then awards the Certificate! 

 

The 2030.5/CSIP package includes:

  • SunSpec Common Smart Inverter Profile (CSIP)
  • SunSpec Common Smart Inverter Profile Test Procedure
  • SunSpec DER Information Model and UL1741 Supplement SA Interoperability Report
  • SunSpec Test PKI Certificate Application Note
  • PICS Template

COMPLETE FORM TO ACCESS SPECIFICATIONS

 

Applicable Components

IEEE™ 2030.5 clients, gateways, aggregators and servers. Certification is applicable to software running on embedded devices and cloud services alike.

Scope

  • Four scenarios
  • Aggregator configuration is clear preference
  • Gateway/EMS configurations include certain network segments that are out of scope

2030.5/CSIP network configuration and scope image

The SunSpec Certified Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) program is designed to increase stakeholder confidence in Distributed Energy Resource (DER) communication solutions, including those enabling interoperability of smart inverters, smart PV modules, EV charging, and energy storage.

Public Key Infrastructure is the preferred method of authentication for networked ecosystems due to its strength and scalability. In addition, advances in the hardware and semiconductor industries have allowed for strong authentication using Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) and PKI to be implemented in small devices very economically.

PKI is designated as the method of authentication used for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standard (IEEE Std.) 2030.5 and is therefore the method to be used for authenticating and securing communications for SunSpec Certified™ products and services. Thus, the program’s initial focus is to fulfill California Rule 21 compliance.

The program will then address the rollout of IEEE 1547-2018. IEEE 1547 establishes uniform requirements for interconnection of DERs, such as photovoltaics and battery systems, with the electric power system.

 

IEEE™ 1815-AN2018

We are open to testing IEEE™ 1815-AN2018.  Please contact Certification@SunSpec.org to discuss your requirements.

2030.5 / CSIP News and Updates

Four SunSpec Specifications Now in Countdown to APPROVAL

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California Rule 21 Phase 2 Goes Into Effect This Month

Attestation requirements kick in and new CEC equipment list is published. Dear SunSpec Alliance Members and Friends, On June 22, 2020, California Rule 21 Phase 2 (and part of Phase 3) communication requirements go into effect. After that time, any solar inverter or...

CA Rule 21 Deadline Extended to June 22, 2020

CA Rule 21 Deadline Extended to June 22, 2020

CPUC Decision to Extend CA RULE 21 Deadline Cites COVID-19 On March 20, 2020 the California Public Utilities Commission issued an extension of the CA Rule 21 compliance deadline, pushing the date to June 22, 2020. This includes the Smart Inverter Phase 2...

Bulletin: CA Rule 21 DRAFT Resolution E-5000

  DRAFT Resolution E-5000 clarifies smart inverter communications requirements in response to the petition of the California Solar & Storage Association for modification of Resolutions E-4832 and E-4898 June 6, 2019 Today the California Public Utilities...