The Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) is a collaborative effort funded by the U.S. Department of Energy that dedicates experts to transforming solar markets by improving building codes, utility interconnection procedures, and product standards, reliability, and safety, and is part of its overall strategy to reduce barriers to the adoption of solar technologies and to stimulate market growth.
The Solar ABCs was formed to identify current issues, establish a dialogue among key stakeholders, and catalyze appropriate activities to support the centralized development of codes and standards that facilitate and accelerate the installation of high quality, safe photovoltaic (PV) systems. The Solar ABCs also provides access for PV manufacturers, sellers, buyers, users and regulators of a particular PV material, product, process or service to sponsor PV codes and standards research studies to help foster the acceleration of the PV market.
The Solar ABCs has published three reports and a description of activities that capture the high priority issues facing the PV codes and standards.
The Solar ABCs mission is to improve the responsiveness, effectiveness, and accessibility of solar photovoltaic (PV) codes and standards to accelerate the use of PV in the U.S. marketplace.