SGS is delighted to have joined SunSpec Alliance, the information standards and certification organization for the Distributed Energy Resource (DER) industry, as an Authorized Test Laboratory (ATL) partner.

The announcement puts SGS at the heart of the DER industry to become an approved provider of SunSpec Certified™ testing services to Alliance members – a global consortium of over 100 solar and storage distributed energy industry participants. It demonstrates SGS's global strength in fulfilling SunSpec's interoperability, data communications and cybersecurity testing services and delivery of high-quality communication protocol compliance testing services.

Omar Kalim Vazquez, Project Manager at SGS said: "It's a great privilege to become a SunSpec ATL partner at a time of incredible growth and opportunity for the DER industry. SGS has established a worldwide network of testing and certification facilities which, coupled with our expertise in the global energy industry, ensures we are best placed to support Alliance member companies in achieving outstanding performance that will maximize growth."

The SunSpec Certified program is the result of 10 years of specifying de facto standards to enable solar PV and energy storage Distributed Energy power plants to interoperate with system components, software applications, financial systems and the smart grid. With a mission to accelerate industry growth, lower costs and enhance customer confidence, the certification program will provide DER interoperability, data communications and cybersecurity functionality standards, aligned with international and national protocols.

SGS will deliver DER communication compliance programs including Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standard (IEEE) 2030.5TM/Common Smart Inverter Profile (CSIP), the default communication standard for California Rule 21 and SunSpec Communication Signal for Rapid Shutdown, a de facto standard to achieve compliance with the PV hazard control requirements of the 2017 National Electrical Code®.

About SGS's Renewable Energy Services

SGS is adept at helping the renewable energy sector, particularly those involved in hydroelectric power, wind power, solar power generation and the manufacture, distribution and sale of alternative fuels, run smooth, profitable and reliable businesses.

Its global knowledgebase, advanced solar testing equipment and team of experts ensures SGS is best placed to support the entire value chain of a solar module system investment, from inception to manufacturing inspection, technical consultancy, construction supervision and performance verification. Its network of laboratory facilities are available around the clock to provide a prompt response to enable projects to run smoothly and on time.

For further information, please contact:

Omar Kalim Vazquez
Project Manager
SGS Renewable Energy
t: +34 91 313 80 00

About SGS

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 97,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.