SunSpec July 2022 Ecosystem Newsletter

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Dear SunSpec Members and Supporters,

The physical and logical transformation of the U.S. electrical grid, catalyzed by IEEE-2018-compliant smart inverters incorporate into stationary (PV+Storage and EV Charger) and mobile (Electric Vehicle) DER systems is at hand. Bloomberg reports that in 2021 more than $750 billion was invested in an energy transition that relies on this technology and that double-digit growth is predicted for the next two decades. 

Will SunSpec member companies be ready for this opportunity? Time will tell.

SunSpec examined regulatory filings issued by U.S. states during the past year and found that more than 30 states will adopt IEEE 1547-2018 by April 2023. This date marks the start of the smart inverter era. 
Brian Lydic, Chief Regulatory Engineer at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) reported this week that due to complexity and test lab constraints, vendors that start testing now will deliver their products to market in about 16 to 21 months--approximately March 2024, one year after the market has opened!

How can SunSpec members get into the market first? Automation.

Consistent with SunSpec's mission to expand the market for smart, distributed, renewable energy, SunSpec provides a platform for IEEE 1547-2018 product development and testing called SunSpec SVP.
SunSpec SVP Dashboard is available at no additional cost to SunSpec members and is used in about 600 locations worldwide to facilitate development of smart inverters. Get your free copy now.

How to engage? Talk to us.

If you want to accelerate your testing process, we encourage to to check out
SunSpec SVP Plus Pack, an suite of add-ons to SunSpec SVP Dashboard. These tools, available for an additional fee, enable IEEE 1547-2018 functional- and interoperability testing in your facility and exercise the SunSpec Modbus and IEEE 2030.5 interfaces. This software will shave months from your market delivery schedule. Contact to learn more or schedule a demo.

As a reminder, we have announced a "save the date" for the 2022 Annual SunSpec Member Meeting, which will be held on December 7th and 8th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please add the date to your calendar and stay tuned for more details. It is going to be fun!

As always, do not hesitate to contact with questions, concerns, or requests. Now is a more exciting time than ever to join the Alliance and help grow the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) industrie

Kind Regards, 

Tom Tansy

SunSpec Alliance
SunSpec & Sandia DER Cybersecurity Webinar:

Integrated Cyber Risk Management for DER and EV Charger Supply Chains


Securing our nation's solar/energy storage systems, electric vehicles, and EV charging infrastructure is a fast-rising cybersecurity priority. In this session, industry experts Damon Mark and Roumen Kassabov described the threat landscape in the DER and EV industries and demonstrated a possible solution for managing cyber risks.


  • Damon Mark, Automotive Sales Director, Fortress Information Security
  • Roumen Kassabov, Security Solutions Architect, Fortress Information Security

Date: July 28, 2022 at 9 a.m. (PT)

See the recording here.

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Certificate Number: CS-000050
Manufacturer: Dcbel Inc
Product Type: Aggregator
Products: Chorus CSIP Aggregator


Certificate Number: CS-000051
Manufacturer: Schneider Electric
Product Type: Server
Products: EcoStruxure ADMS


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Manufacturer: SPARQ Systems
Product Type: Client
Products: SparqLinq 

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Gain access to valuable information by becoming a Member of the SunSpec Alliance and joining a SunSpec Work Group. The work groups listed below are currently active and meeting to address the following objectives:
To prepare for the next generation of device integration, the SunSpec (Modbus) Device Interface work group is now working on a RESTful Web Services interface for devices that can be used as an alternative to the traditional Modbus interface.
In June, 2022, the IEEE 2030.5 / SAE J3072 EV Charging Profile Work Group promoted its IEEE 2030.5 / V2G AC Profile from DRAFT to TEST. The profile is now ready for implementation and testing.
The SunSpec & Sandia DER Cybersecurity Work Group has a full slate of monthly webinars on all aspects of DER security and has convened a sub-group to define requirements for an open source security-readiness assessment tool.
The SunSpec IEEE 2030.5 Conformance Profiles Work Group is now meeting to update the testing procedures for all profiles. 
The SunSpec Rapid Shutdown Work Group is refining test procedures and working on a collaborative marketing program to spread the word about open standards.
SunSpec is inviting companies that serve the Australian market to come discuss the most pressing concerns of the rapidly growing Australian DER market and contribute to the proposed formation of the SunSpec Australian Market Advisory Council. Among other items, the mission of this work group will be to launch the SunSpec 2030.5 CSIP-AUS Certification Program. 
To enable DERs to reach their full potential and address growing threats, SunSpec is forming the Cybersecurity Certification Work Group to create a cybersecurity certification option for products receiving IEEE 2030.5 certification. To help make the program a reality, SunSpec is partnering with Lumian Foundation, a new consortium spun out of the SunSpec Blockchain Work Group.
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