SEAC Members

Our members are a group of high level sustainable energy experts in the private and public sector – Authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), Fire Service, Installers, Manufacturers, Certification and Testing Laboratories and Utilities.

Many of these important individuals sit on task groups, standards and technical panels involved in developing code, standards and regulatory requirements to ensure quality and safe energy system installations.

Steering Committee Members

Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office starting in 2020, SEAC will have a Steering Committee that guides its activities. The following individuals sit on the SEAC Steering Committee: 

  • U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA): Marc Chupka, Sharon Thomas

  • International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI): Joseph Wages, Keith Lofland

  • International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF): Rick Swan, Paul Rogers

  • International Code Council (ICC): Ryan Colker, Shawn Martin

  • National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM): Philip Oakes, Jon Narva

  • Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA): Justin Baca, Evelyn Butler

  • California Solar + Storage Association (CALSSA): Ben Davis, Brad Heavner

  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL LLC ): John Taecker, Christopher Jensen

  • At Large AHJ: Steve Jones (City of Oceanside, CA), Pete Jackson (City of Bakersfield, CA)

  • At Large Industry: Jeff Spies (Planet Plan Sets)

  • U.S. Department of Energy: Andrew Graves

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is the administrator of SEAC, managing all SEAC operations under the cooperative agreement. IREC facilitates SEAC activities including Steering Committee meetings but is not a voting member of the Steering Committee. IREC President and CEO Larry Sherwood leads IREC's activities in this capacity.

Founding Members

Steve Jones
Assistant Building Official 
City of Oceanside

R. Steven Jones is an Assistant Building Official for the City of Oceanside.  Steve is an ICC Certified Building Official, Electrical Code Official and also holds 16 other ICC certifications.  Steve has been a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors since 2000 and is IAEI’s 2016 International President.

"I am proud to be a member of the Sustainable Energy Action Committee actively working with industry stakeholders and AHJ’s to promote safe solar photovoltaic installations and regional consistency."

Jeff Spies
President - Planet Plan Sets

Jeff Spies is the president of Planet Plan Sets, a provider of residential permitting plan sets, and chairs the Codes/Standards committee for the California Solar and Storage Association (formerly CALSEIA). He also serves as Secretary for NABCEP (the solar industry certification agency) and sits on the Standards Technical Panel for UL 2703 where he led the Bonding and Grounding taskgroup for six years.

"SEAC is providing a valuable service to the solar industry by bringing together solar manufacturers and installers with building officials and test labs to better understand codes/standards and improve permitting processes to facilitate the growing deployment of solar installations throughout southern California and beyond. It is a model for other states and regions throughout the US."

John Taecker
Sr. Regulatory Engineer
Underwriters Laboratories
Pete Jackson
Chief Electrical Inspector
City of Bakersfield

"SEAC is important to me because it is a forum for industry stakeholders to discuss common challenges and provide guidance to jurisdictions and installers alike. In addition to my work with SEAC, I also serve as an AHJ representative on over thirty Standards Technical Panels for Underwriters Laboratories and represent the International Association of Electrical Inspectors as a principle member of NEC Code-Making 8."

Patrick Healy
Chief EPM Inspector
Planning and Development Services
San Diego County

Patrick Healy is an electrical specialist with the County of San Diego. He is Past President of The San Diego Chapter of ICC, Past President of The So Cal Chapter of the IAEI, and has served on the CBSC Technical Advisory Committee for PEME. He participated in drafting The California Solar Permitting Guidebook, and the DOE ESS Compliance Guide. Patrick has been a member of SEAC since its inception. 

“Consistency in the application of Codes forms a good basis of safety for any building project, SEAC helps get us there in the world of solar.”

Stuart Tom
Fire Marshall
City of Glendale, Fire Department

Stuart Tom is the current Fire Marshal, and past Building Official for the City of Glendale California.  He is active in code development at the local, state, and national levels.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Code Council (ICC), and is an advocate for the construction of safe, cost-effective, and sustainable communities that comply with model codes.

"Through its collaborative work with code officials, installers and representatives of the solar industry, SEAC has been successful in recommending a set of practical guidelines that can assist all parties succeed in installing code-compliant solar photovoltaic systems in a quick and cost-effective manner."

Kevin Reinertson
Deputy Fire Marshal, Office of the Fire Marshal
CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department

Kevin Reinertson is the Deputy Fire Marshal at the Riverside County Fire Department in charge of Special Projects, where he assists in the development, improvement, delivery, and management of the Office of the Fire Marshal. Prior to coming to Riverside County, Kevin worked at the California State Fire Marshal’s Office as Division Chief of Code Development and Analysis Division overseeing the adoption of the initial I-Codes in 2006 and subsequent years up to the adoption of the 2016 California Fire and Building Codes.  Kevin Reinertson has been actively involved in code development, fire prevention, and code enforcement for 25 years.  Kevin has served as the State Fire Marshal’s representative on the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Solar Permitting Guidebook Team, the California Building Standards Commissions Code Coordinating Council, the California Building Officials/California Fire Chiefs Building Fire Advisory Committee, and involved with many other local, state, and national committees and initiatives relating to fire prevention.

"SEAC is a perfect example of how enforcing officials, industry, and other stakeholders can come together with different perspectives, agendas, or goals and produce a product that all can use and benefit from." 

Mark Baldassari
Director, Codes and Standards
Enphase Energy

Mr. Baldassari has over 30 years’ experience in engineering and product development and over 9 years with Enphase Energy, where he holds the position of Director, Codes and Standards. Currently, he actively participates in a number of Codes and Standards development groups both internationally and domestically. Domestically, Mr. Baldassari regularly participates in IEEE 1547 series of standards development with emphasis towards improving the grid integration of PV systems. He is involved with Underwriters Laboratory working on the harmonization of UL and IEC standards and a member of the UL 1699B and UL 2703 Standards Technical Panel (STP). Mr. Baldassari is an active member of the SEIA Codes and Standards, CALSEIA Codes and Standards, and Sustainable Energy Action Committee (SEAC). He is very involved with the drafting of the 2014 and 2017 NEC for articles 690 and 705 having been chairman of the Arc-Fault task group and active participant in the drafting sections on Disconnecting Means, Grounding, and Rapid Shutdown. Mr. Baldassari is also an active member of NFPA, IAEI and ICC.

“I’m proud to be a member of SEAC, a committee I believe is providing a vital service to the sustainable energy industry. Through the committee’s collaboration with representatives from all sectors of the industry, SEAC actively strives to make installation processes safer and more consistent.”

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