SEIA Codes & Standards Symposium

SEIA Codes & Standards Symposium
Wednesday, April 24, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
San Diego, CA

Registration is now open  See Agenda

Registration Type Early
through February 20
February 21 - April 23
April 24 - April 26
Codes & Standards Symposium (SEIA Premium Member Member/Nonmember)  $295/395 $395/495 $395/495
Bundle: Full Conference SEIA Premium Member Member + Codes & Standards Symposium $715 $865 $915
Bundle: Full Conference Nonmember + Codes & Standards $915 $1,065 $1,115

Get the most out of your visit to the California Solar Expo by attending SEIA’s Annual Codes & Standards Symposium!

Stay current on the on-going development and completion cycles of the relevant requirements and help shape the future of solar regulations. Together we will ensure that solar is a viable and thriving market.

SEIA's Codes & Standards Symposium is specifically designed by and for solar codes & standards professionals and their colleagues in research, design, engineering, regulatory affairs and marketing. This symposium will cover the most up-to-date, impactful issues that have the potential to drive further expansion of solar as well as those issues that have the potential to constrain solar growth and how to best address those challenges.

Solar codes and standards are part of a dynamic electrical, mechanical, structural and safety-oriented architecture that advances how solar and accompanying energy storage systems are installed. One of SEIA’s key goals is to support and represent its members and industry in many of the relevant forums such as the ICC, ASCE, NEC, UL, and NIST nationally as well as with building and energy commissions in key solar state markets.

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Time Session Information
7:30 am - 8:30 am Registration Open
8:30 am - 9:00 am Opening Session, Welcome
Building on the success of our prior annual conferences, this year’s Codes & Standards Symposium will focus on solar in real-life. How do codes and standards enable the growth of solar through solid performance for safety, resilience, and actively addressing hazards? In the opening session, and throughout the day, we will discuss how codes and standards continue to increase solar confidence and performance, while proactively leading increased adoption and industry growth.
Evelyn Butler, Senior Director of Codes & Standards, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
9:00 am - 10:00 am Energy Storage Systems Safety Overview: Evolving Standards & Codes for Electrical & Fire Safety
Energy storage systems (ESS) are growing at an exponential rate due to technological benefits, policy support, and favorable market factors. Standards and codes continue to evolve to better integrate these systems into electrical and physical domains. UL 9540’s requirements for safe ESS operation now has new requirements for potential fire hazards from battery ESS installed in or near mixed use buildings. Model fire codes and the future NFPA 855 installation standard limit the amount of battery ESS energy and restrict the separation distances unless large scale fire testing is accepted by the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). For that exception, UL published a new bi-national standard Test Method (UL 9540A) to determine the necessary protection needed and we will the relevant standards and codes including UL 9540 and UL 9540A, the NEC, NFPA 855, and the IFC.
Ken Boyce, Corporate Fellow & Engineering Director, UL; Chair, SEIA’s Codes & Standards Working Group; Member, Solar Power International Core Education Committee
Laurie Florence, Principal Engineer – Stationary/Motive Batteries and Energy Storage Systems, UL
10:00 am - 10:15 am Networking Break
10:15 am - 11:15 am Clarifying PV + Storage for the 2020 NEC
Update on the current 2020 NEC development process from SEIA's Code Making Panel 4 representatives. Featuring four members of SEIA’s code making panel, this session will investigate important changes to the 2017 revision of the NEC due to go into effect in California next year. Differences between NEC versions will be highlighted along with advice on how you should prepare for the transition. In addition to reference materials, clarifications on new requirements will be discussed in an open Q&A session. Come with your questions about what you'll need to know to transition successfully. This section will primarily focus on PV systems and their interconnection to other sources, including utility grids
Jason Fisher, Staff Program Manager, Electrical Compliance - Energy Products, Tesla; SEIA’s Representative to NFPA 70 NEC, Code Making Panel 4 and Vice Chair, SEIA’s Codes & Standards Working Group
Ward Bower, President, President, Ward Bower Innovations, SEIA’s Representative to NFPA 70 NEC, Code Making Panel 4
11:20 am - 12:20 pm Metal Selection & Corrosive Soil Considerations for Improved Life Cycle
This session will explain corrosion and define issues relating to the use of dissimilar metals, different ISO Service Environments, soil corrosion, and the design life of mounting systems for 25-year frames. Additionally, this program will describe codes and standards related to corrosion, and investigate the design life of frames and piles and incorporate a review of case studies featuring in-ground and atmospheric failures and successes. Codes and standards related to corrosion will also be addressed.
Christopher Flueckiger, Codes & Standards Consultant, SEIA
Ed Hernandez, PE, CEO and Principal Engineer, Project X Corrosion Engineering
John Reiser, Business Development Manager / Corrosion Specialist, Power Generation - N. A., Sherwin-Williams
12:20 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch Break
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Wind and Structural Considerations: Not Just a Breeze...
Creating codes and standards for wind loads and structural behavior presents some hot button issues, including what can go wrong in the real world. This panel will discuss wind and structural issues for residential, Ground Mount/Canopies, and C&I Flat Roof solar. We'll cover codes and standards updates in ASCE 7-22 and UL2703, and how the standards work together (or not). An open discussion will follow with the panelist on issues like the breadth and depth of current and developing regulations, their impact, and what industry should address.
Joe Cain, P.E., Director of Codes & Standards, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
Jennifer Carey, PE, Senior Geotechnical/Structural Engineer, Project Professional
Mark Gies, Vice Chair, SEIA Mounting Systems Manufacturers Working Group
Dustin Haddock, Vice President of Research & Development, S-5! Metal Roof Innovations
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Networking Break and Live Demonstration
During the break, we will host a live demonstration of the Junker’s vibration test (prescribed by DIN 65151), which tests the self-loosening behavior of fasteners under transverse loading conditions by vibration testing. Hide Araki, Business Development Manager, Nord-Lock Group will discuss the implications for solar standards.

2:45 pm - 3:50 pm Designing for Structural Resilience: PV Systems in Hurricane-Prone and Other High-Wind Regions
Renewable energy systems – and especially those paired with battery storage – are important components of our nationwide conversation regarding the importance of improved resilience. In this session we will review findings and recommendations about recent, extreme environmental events from external stakeholders, including: FEMA, Rocky Mountain Institute, and others detailing performance of roof- and ground-mounted PV systems during Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017; FEMA, which is developing a report on Hurricane Michael’s 2018 landfall in the mainland; and the California Division of State Architect – Structural Safety (DSA-SS), which is actively working to improve Quality Assurance for PV parking lot structures at public schools. As many failures originate at structural connections, speakers will discuss fasteners as an important topic for improving resilience. The panel will introduce standards and test methods for evaluation of vibration-induced loosening of fasteners, address installation concerns, and discuss the importance of fastener specification and installation.
Hide Araki, Business Development Manager, Nord-Lock Group
Joe Cain, Director of Codes & Standards, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Transformations in Grid Interoperability
Grid interconnection requirements have become much more complex and specific. For example, they now require inverter performance to stabilize and maintain the grid when the voltage and frequency approach and enter abnormal operation conditions with and without dispatch directives. Grid interoperability is becoming increasingly important as the nation’s electric grids become less centralized and more distributed networks. This session will highlight the existing and upcoming common compliance criteria being required of grid interconnected systems with a focus on California. Panelists will provide an overview of the ongoing changes to the new advanced / grid support utility interconnection requirements from UL1741 Supplement SA, specific PUC requirements for California and Hawaii, and the new editions of IEEE 1547 and IEEE 1547.1. Advanced utility compatible inverters, advanced protection relays, and updated communications and other topics will be also discussed.
Ward Bower, President, Ward Bower Innovations LLC, SEIA’s Representative to NFPA 70 NEC, Code Making Panel 4
Lloyd Cibulka, Research & Development Engineer, and Manager of the UCSD Smart Inverter Laboratory, University of California at San Diego (UCSD), Center for Energy Research (CER)
Tim Zgonena, Principal Engineer, UL; NFPA 70 NEC Code Making Panel 4 Member
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Networking Reception

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