SunSpec Rapid Shutdown Certification
The SunSpec Certified program for Rapid Shutdown verifies compliance to the SunSpec Communication Signal for Rapid Shutdown Functional Specification to meet the requirement established by National Electrical Code (NEC) 2017. PV module-level power control and safety (“rapid shutdown”) is required in 24 states starting in January 2019 and will affect millions of PV panels and all solar inverters. This standard is tested using UL 1741 SA criteria.
SunSpec Rapid Shutdown is typically implemented in association with Inverters and PV modules though other configurations are possible.
Integrated Component View
- Rapid Shutdown Fact Sheet (PDF)
- SunSpec Communication Signal for Rapid Shutdown Functional Specification
- Communication Signal for Rapid Shutdown Test Specification
- SunSpec Rapid Shutdown Mark Use Guidelines
- PICS Template
Market Benefits of the Rapid Shutdown Specification and Certification Program
Provides simple, robust, and reliable solution to shut down the voltage at module level to 1V per module (NEC2017 requires < 80V).
Lowest cost solution to what is a fundamental market requirement.
Reduces installation and interconnection cost with Plug-and-Play system components.Reports system health every time the sun comes up or the system is re-activated.
Open standard protects consumers with competitive pricing, multi-vendor choices, differentiated options and value availability. Ensures system service and upgrades with choice of vendors and interoperable components.Increases consumer safety and confidence in DER technology.
Rapid Shutdown News and Updates
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SunSpec Alliance to Convene Global Technology Leaders to Discuss The “Electricity Grid in Evolution” on September 12, 2018
Gridvolution, a Global Climate Action Summit Affiliated event, to address Distributed Energy Resources data communications standards including California Rule 21, Cyber Security, Orange Button, and...
Webinar: How Standardization is Driving Down Costs and Improving Safety for 2017 NEC Shutdown Compliance Register Now Date: Thursday, August 23, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT About: Installer,...
Industry leaders establish open standard to meet U.S. National Electric Code 2017 requirements (PDF) September 11, 2017, SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The SunSpec Alliance today announced that it has released...
With 2014 NEC adoption in motion (it has been implemented in 22 states as of April 14, 2015) many are anticipating what the next version of the code will hold for the PV industry. The...
Solectria’s Residential Inverters Compliant with NEC 2014 Rapid Shutdown Lawrence, MA – March 19, 2015 – Solectria – A Yaskawa Company, a leading U.S. PV inverter manufacturer, announced...