March 2021

Happy spring! We're sharing several pieces of exciting news and events this month.

California has marked a new milestone for balancing grid needs and consumer protection for utilities with new reporting requirements regarding the use of a smart inverter function.

In Puerto Rico, the village of Castañer will receive support for a solar energy microgrid project as
 part of an initiative led by The Solar Foundation.

We recently announced that IREC will now host Customer Grid Edge (CGE) committee, and the first meeting is tomorrow, March 26. In addition, don't miss the Solar Career Fair on Thursday, April 8!

California Marks Important Milestone for Balancing Grid Needs, Consumer Protection
in Key Smart Inverter Function

New reporting requirements for California utilities will provide greater customer protection regarding the use of volt-watt, an important smart inverter function. Volt-watt is one of the “scariest” smart inverter functions for customers and developers, and this is a first of its kind customer-facing development for smart inverter regulatory issues from the only state that has fully implemented the function.

Castañer, Puerto Rico Selected for
New Solar Energy Microgrid Project

The village of Castañer, Puerto Rico has been selected to receive support for a solar energy microgrid project, as part of an initiative led by The Solar Foundation and Pathstone Corp. to strengthen Puerto Rico’s solar industry and build more resilient communities.​​​ The microgrid project will include a solar energy and battery storage installation for small businesses that provide essential goods and services for the people of Castañer, which was without electricity for six months following Hurricane Maria​​​​.

The Solar Foundation and its programs will be merging with IREC this year. 

IREC to Host Customer Grid Edge Committee 
First IREC-Hosted Meeting Tomorrow

IREC will host Customer Grid Edge (CGE)—a committee of experts that seeks to improve interoperability between energy service providers and customer-sited equipment including renewable energy, energy storage, and microgrids. Learn more here.

The first IREC-hosted meeting is tomorrow, March 26 from 1:30-3 p.m. ET. Join below!

Solar Career Fair on April 8

Join The Solar Foundation, Solar Ready Vets, Solar Energy Industries Association, and Hiring Our Heroes in a virtual Solar Career Fair focused on trade/technical roles in solar (such as installation, electrical, operations & maintenance, technical sales, and more)! The career fair will be on April 8 from 1-3 p.m. EST.

The Solar Foundation, due to merge with IREC later this year, leads the Solar Ready Vets Program.

Conversations in Clean Energy Podcast—Mythbusting Clean Heating and Cooling

The second episode of Sustainable Westchester's podcast "Conversations in Clean Energy" with host Radina Valova, IREC's Regulatory Vice President, is here! This episode, "Mythbusting Clean Heating and Cooling: The Efficacy of Retrofits, Part ‪1‬", covers how electrification and clean heating and cooling solutions are needed as much in existing building stock as in building development.

Click to listen below! You can also listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify.


The Sustainable Energy Action Committee (SEAC) is a national forum developing solutions to code and permitting challenges facing solar, energy storage, and other renewables. The next SEAC meeting will be held today from 12:30-2:30 p.m. PT / 3:30-5:30 p.m. ET. If you have not received a calendar invite and would like one, simply reply to this email. We hope to see you there!

​​​​​​IREC is the administrator of SEAC under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
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