Northwest Solar Communities develops standardized tools to make the process of going solar simple, fast, and cost effective for customers and the jurisdictions and utilities that serve them. Rooftop solar installations in Oregon and Washington provide an increasing number of jobs and a growing share of clean energy. As residents and businesses increasingly choose solar, jurisdictions and utilities are searching for new systems to meet customer demand for permits and interconnection. Responding to this challenge, Northwest Solar Communities has convened a team of jurisdictions, utilities, industry partners, and citizen groups to develop and share solar best practices.
Northwest Solar Communities envisions a future where rooftop solar installations are standardized across a broad swath of the Pacific Northwest. Jurisdictions and utilities will adopt best practices that enable them to serve customers consistently and efficiently while driving down costs, making solar a cost-effective clean energy solution for all.
Find out how your jurisdiction can gain recognition as a Northwest Solar Community!
Save the Date! Interconnection Training, Tuesday, March 3rd, 1 PM – 5 PM World Trade Center- Conference Center in Portland
Save the Date! Interconnection Training, Thursday, March 12th, 10 AM – 4 PM Central Lincoln PUD in Newport
Attendance is free, but pre-registration is requested. Here are the registration links to the Portland and Newport events. For more information on the events and locations please check out this flyer.
The workshops with Michael Sheehan includes a high-level overview of DG technologies using case studies to facilitate discussion. Topics include,
- National Electric Code (NEC) and Codes and Standards
- Utility ‘Best Practices’ Survey results
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Guide for conducting Distribution Impact Studies for renewables
- Case Studies of Distribution Impacts and PV systems
- Future modifications to interconnection (e.g. Low/High voltage ride-through (LVRT) and Low/High frequency ride-through (LFRT)
- Energy Storage and MicroGrids
These free workshops are sponsored by Northwest Solar Communities, a joint effort of the Washington Department of Commerce and the Oregon Department of Energy under the US DOE Rooftop Solar Challenge. For more information, please contact Rob Del Mar. (Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org)