The SunSpec Rapid Shutdown Ecosystem is growing and maturing. We are happy to announce the launch of a dedicated web site for SunSpec Rapid Shutdown . Expect activity on this site to increase as we roll out the SunSpec Rapid Shutdown co-operative marketing campaign in the coming days.

To kick things off, please join us on May 5th and 7th for Rapid Shutdown focused webinars hosted by Ginlong Solis and SMA . On May 12th, we offer a member's only briefing on the marketing program. On May 21st (China time), we will host our first ever Chinese language SunSpec webinar. See details below.

We are proud to announce that PV junction box specialist JMTHY has certified their product to the SunSpec Rapid Shutdown standard. This brings the number of SunSpec Rapid Shutdown product certifications to nine and the total number of SunSpec Certified product lines of all types to 79!

You can see these products in the new SunSpec Certified Product Registry located here . This open technology, which includes a RESTful web services API, enables precise identification of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) product attributes and can be used to construct "white lists" of approved products. It was developed for state regulators, wholesale distributors, and DER system developers that are seeking to enable standardized and diversified supply chains. This unique capability is based on open Orange Button technology.

As usual, we have several educational opportunities coming up and intense effort being put into SunSpec workgroups of all types. Please join us .

Something else to think about...

People around the world will soon be back at work, rebuilding the economy, in the midst of a global pandemic that will likely require two years to contain. The environment we are returning to is a foreign one. Fortunately, we are learning.

As we have been shown these past six months, success in this new environment will require a high degree of autonomy (this applies to machines, people, industrial participants, and civic institutions), coordination, resilience, and adaptability.

DER meets the requirements of this new environment precisely. Furthermore, the industry has a track record of success indicating that DER will play a pivotal role in world-wide economic and environmental recovery.

Why such confidence? It's in the numbers:

None of this future success is without tremendous effort. Many things stand in our way. Fortunately, this industry was built on adversity and now is our time to shine.

In closing, preparation and teamwork are essential to the success this industry is delivering. Keep pushing forward, wash your hands, and maintain your distance. We'll see you in the winner's circle.

Tom Tansy
SunSpec Alliance
We are proud to announce that QualityLogic, an industry leader in software testing tools and services, has officially joined us as the first SunSpec Authorized Test Software Provider.

Recognized by  Clutch , a leading B2B ratings and reviews platform, QualityLogic was included in the annual Global Leaders List as a top 10 software application testing provider. The company has been developing test tools for over three decades and is a proven partner in the Smart Energy sector. They were the first to develop IEEE 2030.5 test tools, starting in 2010. In 2018, QualityLogic became a key partner in developing the SunSpec CSIP test specification. The QualityLogic IEEE 2030.5 test tools were the first to implement the SunSpec CSIP CA Rule 21 test specification and are currently being used by leading test labs and vendors around the world.

As a SunSpec Authorized Test Software Provider, QualityLogic will continue to offer test tools and services for CSIP and future IEEE 2030.5 certification programs.

To inquire about working with QualityLogic for testing products, please contact them at:  or at .

To learn more about the SunSpec Authorized Test Software Provider program, click below:
Welcome New Members of the SunSpec Alliance!

The SunSpec ecosystem continues to grow with five new members this month!
Green Solutions Inc designs, engineers and deploys a range of energy storage systems for Homes, Businesses, Schools and Microgrid applications.
Their particular expertise is in lithium ion battery technologies and they work closely with other technology providers like Inverter manufacturers, EV Charging companies, Software and Communications companies to deliver high quality, commercially compelling turn-key Energy Storage solutions.
Hoymiles is a world’s leading microinverter company specializing in MLPE (Module Level Power Electronics) solutions for global solar investors & end users.

KSTAR was established in 1993 and listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2010. As a solution provider, we focus on R&D and manufacturing of Data Center, PV Inverter, EV Charging and Energy Storage products.
SOFARSOLAR (est 2012) is one of the subsidiaries of SOFAR Group in China and specializes in R&D, production, sales and service of grid-tied inverters. The company is currently known as one of the top 5 string inverter companies found throughout China.
Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.98 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,400 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( ) and mobile banking, and has offices in 31 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy.

New SunSpec Certified Products

Certificate Number: RS-000009
Manufacturer: JMTHY

Profile: Receiver
Products: Jiaming RSD JMS-F


Certificate Number: CS-000019
Manufacturer: SMA Solar Technology
Profile: Client
Products: SPOT Aggregator Client
GoSolis Webinar: Solis Inverters and SunSpec Alliance
The fifth webinar in the 2020 Go Solis webinar series, marked on the calendar for May 5th at 10AM Pacific , will be hosted by Terence Parker, senior application engineer from Solis Inverters. Mr. Parker will be joined by Tom Tansy, Chairman of the SunSpec Alliance. 

Together, these two industry veterans will discuss how industry standards for smart inverters with data communication capabilities are fundamentally changing the Distributed Energy industry. Over the past decade, and as a result of standards developed by the SunSpec Alliance, rooftop PV systems have evolved into Distributed Energy Resources (DER) capable of providing an array of energy services to consumers and utility grids alike. 

Register for the webinar here !
SMA America Webinar: SMA Residential Solutions with special guest SunSpec Alliance
Join SunSpec and SMA in this training on Thursday May 7th, 2020 at 11:30AM Pacific to discuss SMA's residential solutions with integrated ShadeFix optimization and SunSpec rapid shutdown. An overview of SMA’s Sunny Boy will be presented, followed by a presentation from SunSpec Chairman, Tom Tansy about the benefits of open standards, including reduced cost, more choice, and less risk.

Regis ter for the webinar here !
Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Technology & Standards Spring Forum
Chairman of the  SunSpec Alliance , Tom Tansy, will be speaking at the Technology Standards Spring Forum hosted by the  Consumer Technology Association Foundation  on May 12th, 2020.

Join industry experts as they discuss the business of smart energy and chart the course for future smart home devices, distributed energy resources, and energy cloud aggregators. Speakers will review existing communication standards, future of interoperability, and discuss potential gaps facing industry.

To register for the online event, click here !
SunSpec Rapid Shutdown Webinar (Members Only)
This webinar on May 12th, 2020 at 1PM Pacific will introduce Members of the SunSpec Alliance to the SunSpec Rapid Shutdown co-marketing initiative as well as the latest developments in new product certifications. Select Member companies will be featured as well as a Q&A with Chairman of the SunSpec Alliance, Tom Tansy.

To register for the event, click here!
Introducing SunSpec China Webinar
The SunSpec Alliance is happy to announce that membership support, technical resources, and certification testing is now available to SunSpec Member companies in China, in local time zones, and translated into Chinese language dialects!

In this webinar hosted by the SunSpec Alliance on May 20th at 7pm PDT (May 21st at 10am CST), you will have the chance to meet our exclusive representative for Membership Support and Technical Translation, IGEN Corp, along with Chinese test engineers from some of our SunSpec Authorized Testing Laboratories.

Content will be presented in both English and Chinese at a time that is convenient for both US and Chinese companies.

To register for the event, click here !
Annual SunSpec Member Meeting
Please save the date of September 14th & 15th, 2020 for the SunSpec Annual Members meeting in southern California.

Given the current conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are adding a "virtual meeting" option for those who cannot attend in person.

Please contact us if you are interested in speaking.
Secure Communication Networking for Distributed Energy Resources

This online, nine-week course offered through UC San Diego Extension is intended to provide current and future engineers working in the distributed energy industry with the information they need to design products that incorporate secure communication networking and deploy networks that incorporate these products. The course will also cover considerations associated with integrating the operations of utilities and network aggregators.

To register for the course, click here !
Introduction to Distributed Energy Resources in the Electric Grid

Offered online through UC San Diego Extension, this course is an introduction to Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in the electrical grid and the standards that inform DER deployment. The course requires no prior knowledge of the topic and is intended for students who are interested in exploring technical (e.g. engineering, chemistry, software), professional (e.g. architecture, marketing, finance), and operational (e.g. accounting, logistics) careers in the rapidly growing distributed energy industry.

Students will acquire a foundation in the basic electrical concepts that are needed to understand the more detailed considerations associated with DER in the grid. The course will also provide detailed insights into topics concerning DER interconnection standards and regulations, DER networking standards like IEEE 2030.5, and cybersecurity. Key DER technologies such as solar, wind, energy storage, and electric vehicles are also covered in more depth.

To register for the course, click here !
Introduction to Cybersecurity in the Smart Energy Environment

Offered online through UC San Diego Extension, this course will introduce participants to cybersecurity topics including the purpose cybersecurity, what are the cybersecurity threats, and how do we protect against them. Some of the key components of cybersecurity such as encryption and the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) will be examined in detail. Finally, the course analyzes and applies cybersecurity specifically in the Smart Energy DER use case and the IEEE 2030.5 communication standard.

To register for the course, click here !
Upcoming SunSpec Work Groups

Attention SunSpec Members! Gain access to valuable information by joining a SunSpec Work Group. Upcoming Work Group Meetings include:

We are also running a special marketing Work Group for SunSpec Rapid Shutdown. If you are interested in participating, contact
If you are not a SunSpec Alliance member, consider joining and help us shape interoperability specifications for the DER industry!
Accepting Member Contributions for SunSpec News

As a Member of the SunSpec Alliance, your news and updates are valuable to the SunSpec ecosystem. We invite all Members to submit press releases, events, and news updates to us via the Member Portal on our website. We will do our best to promote relevant items through our channels and media outlets in hopes of growing the ecosystem and expanding the Distributed Energy industry!
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