The NMSU College of Engineering Southwest Technology Development Institute (SWTDI) has been awarded a five-year, $4.2 million contract from the U.S. Department of Energy to implement and lead a new codes and standards working group, known as the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs). The Solar ABCs will change the practice of developing, implementing, and disseminating solar codes and standards in the United States in the following ways:
- By providing formal coordination in the planning and revision of separate, though interrelated, solar codes and standards;
- By providing access for stakeholders to participate with members of standards making bodies in setting national priorities on technical issues;
- By developing a centralized repository for collection and dissemination of documents, regulations, and technical materials related to solar codes and standards;
- And by creating a centralized home for three key technical services: 1. generating consensus “best practices” materials and disseminating such materials to utilities, state and other regulating jurisdictions, 2. answering code-related questions (technical or statutory in nature), and 3. providing feedback on important related issues to DOE and government agencies.
In creating the Solar ABCs, NMSU has brought in partners from universities, private industry, non-governmental organizations, and national laboratories. SWTDI is part of NMSU’s Institute for Energy and the Environment.