Solar Energy Project Working Groups Launched

Solar Energy Project Working Groups Launched

Orange Button initiative is designed to simplify and standardize data across the solar project lifecycle, enhance data quality, and make solar transactions more efficient. 

Stakeholders interested in establishing data interoperability standards throughout all sectors of the solar industry are invited to participate in Orange Button. Orange Button initiative is designed to simplify and standardize data across the solar project lifecycle, enhance data quality, and make solar transactions more efficient. 

SGIP and partner Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) are organizing a wide array of market participants to drive strategy and to collect business requirements from a variety of perspectives.  SGIP is asking industry leaders to join in defining the strategy and business requirements to make solar projects more bankable. To accomplish team goals, they are forming five Working Groups: 

• Deployment: (including solar asset installers, engineering firms, permitting officials, etc.)  Focused on the data needs associated with structural and electrical safety and other permitting concerns. This working group will include building code and safety standards experts, project developers, and other relevant stakeholders.

• Financial: (including banking and specialty finance institutions, solar project developers, asset managers, etc.)  Engaged in supporting efficient finance for projects, as well as efficient financial reporting practices during project operation. This working group will examine data practices for tax and accounting systems, streamlining information exchange between banks and developers to assess development risk, and the data exchange environment necessary to conduct effective financial asset management activities.

• Real Estate: (including professionals experienced in identifying and transacting in real estate for solar projects)  Focused on data requirements of the real estate industry (as they are relevant to solar projects) to deploy projects at various types of commercial real estate (e.g., owner-occupation of buildings, types of lease structures held by tenants).

• Solar O&M: (including project developers, O&M service providers, etc.)  Focused on all data requirements behind project operations and maintenance practices and cost models.

• Grid Integration: (including electric utilities, project developers, ISOs, state regulatory bodies, etc.)  Focused on the data needs for utilities, ISOs, and solar developers with regard to new utility-scale and behind-the-meter connections. 

Anyone who is interested in joining one of the Orange Button Strategy and Business Requirements working groups listed above can simply register on the SGIP website.

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