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 Common Smart Inverter Profile.
Products certified by SunSpec to the IEEE 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 Common Smart Inverter Profile Conformance Test Procedures
IEEE 2030.5 clients, gateways, aggregators and servers. Certification is applicable to software running on embedded devices and cloud services alike.
A look at the CSIP: Network Configuration & Scope
- Three configurations
- Aggregator configuration is clear preference
- Gateway/EMS configurations include certain network segments that are out of scope
We are open to testing IEEE 1815-AN2018. Please contact certification@SunSpec.org to discuss your requirements.
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Resources and Specifications
- IEEE 2030.5-2018
- Common Smart Inverter Profile (CSIP)
- SunSpec Common Smart Inverter Profile Test Procedure
- SunSpec DER Information Model and UL1741 Supplement SA Interoperability Report
- SunSpec Workshops and Curriculum
- SunSpec 2030.5/CSIP Certification Mark Use Guidelines
- PICS Template
SunSpec Market Bulletin: CA Rule 21 Smart Inverter Communications Requirements February 22, 2019 Deadline Extended to August 22, 2019