Washington, DC — The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an Accredited Standards Development Organization.

SEIA can now convene industry stakeholders to develop national standards for materials, products, processes, and services in the U.S. solar and storage industry.

“Strong national standards are the bedrock of any successful industry,” said SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “Through strong leadership and SEIA’s new ANSI accreditation, we will help the industry proactively and responsibly manage its growth, building confidence among solar customers, businesses, and key stakeholders alike. We look forward to creating new industry standards that will propel the industry forward and create a culture of compliance, helping to address PV recycling and provide assurances of ethical practices throughout the solar supply chain.”

Through national standards development, SEIA will create more open and efficient markets, reduce costs, and minimize risk for the industry. Setting effective standards will promote the use of best practices throughout the supply chain, making it safer and easier to develop and deploy solar while building trust among customers, businesses, regulators, investors, and other stakeholders.

SEIA will pursue a variety of new standards for the solar and storage industry, including standards that enhance supply chain traceability, consumer protection, and end-of-life or performance period management.

New standards will be developed under a multi-step, consensus process through SEIA’s Standards Technical Committees, a diverse collection of SEIA members and non-members who represent producer, user, and general interest categories.

SEIA is committed to ensuring all voices are heard during the standards development process and welcomes participation in the Standard Technical Committees from a broad range of stakeholders interested in or affected by SEIA’s standards.

SEIA’s first Standards Technical Committee will focus on supply chain traceability and is planning to release its first American National Standard in early 2024.

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