The mission of SEAC is to transition to zero net energy communities in a safe, efficient, and sustainable manner.
SEAC was started as a strategic initiative in Southern California in 2015 formed by concerned building officials and solar professionals to develop permitting and inspection guidelines for solar and energy storage installation.
The initiative successfully united public and private leaders and experts in collectively identifying many obstacles that were preventing California from achieving its renewable energy goals.
In 2020, with the support of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, SEAC expanded into a national forum. Under this three-year project, SEAC will bring together diverse stakeholders to identify and develop solutions to solar and solar-plus-storage code enforcement and permitting challenges via a consensus process.
Our work has been recognized by many accredited associations in the industry.
The work produced by SEAC provides clarity and better understanding of sustainable energy standards and requirements that improve practices and procedures to effectively and optimally support the growth and transition to zero net energy communities throughout the U.S.
With support from U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, from 2020 to 2023, SEAC will facilitate improvements in the permitting and inspection of solar and solar-plus-storage projects by developing consensus-based solutions to high-priority codes and standards needs. Key outcomes include:
A gap analysis to determine key code enforcement and permitting needs that are complicating the deployment of solar energy and energy storage.
A consensus process will develop solutions to the identified issues; working groups will be developed to work on solutions which will be vetted by SEAC participants and revised as needed with the goal of arriving at consensus agreement.
As they are developed, SEAC best practices and recommendations will be hosted online to promote awareness.
Additionally, extensive outreach will be conducted to facilitate the uptake of SEAC recommendations.