FEBRUARY 14-16, 2023 | Long Beach, CA   Register Now

Workshops

Browse the 2023 expert-led Workshops below to see the hands-on technical training offered at #isnaesna23.

Join industry-leading experts and organizations on Monday, February 13 for actionable and interactive workshops.

Please note additional registration is required: workshops are not included in the conference pass.

NABCEP Technical Training

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Presented by NABCEP

*CEUs are also accepted for NABCEP PVIP Exam Applications as explained in the NABCEP Certification Handbook.

2023 NEC: PV, Energy Storage and Interconnections

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Presented by Sean White, White House Solar and Bill Brooks, Brooks Engineering

This will be the first conference workshop since the release of the 2023 NEC and Bill and Sean will give you the latest. Sean participates in the first wave of NEC development and Bill takes it all the way to the NFPA, where he is the proverbial electromotive force behind NEC Code Making Panel 4 (the alternative energy panel). Sean and Bill publish a book titled PV and the NEC every 3 years.

Here are some tidbits that will get you excited:

  • How you can and why you would have a 50kW PV or Energy Storage System (ESS) on a 100A service!
  • State of UL listed Energy Management Systems (EMS)
  • Bidirectional EVs and the future potential
  • Emergency Shutdown for ESS (with rapid shutdown analogies)
  • UL 3741 PV Hazard Control and new ways to perform rapid shutdown
  • Article 712 DC microgrids deleted and put into Article 705
  • PV source circuit can now be called a string (it’s official)
  • NEC Articles we will cover include 690 PV Systems, 706 Energy Storage Systems, 705
  • Interconnected Power Production Sources, 625 EV Power Transfer System, 750 Energy
  • Management Systems and more.

Relationship to previous NEC versions: Most of the NEC stays the same and most people will not yet be using the 2023 NEC, so we will compare different NEC versions. This workshop also covers earlier NEC versions. 90% of changes are just organizational and 10% will knock your socks off!

*NABCEP Certified* Operations and Maintenance (O&M) for PV Systems

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Presented by SEI

“O&M is one of the fastest growing segments of the PV industry, and for good reasons: preventive maintenance is much less expensive than reactive maintenance, and a good O&M program will help maximize system uptime and availability. In this session, we’ll take a close look at O&M tasks including inspections, preventive maintenance, and troubleshooting. Attendees will become familiar with analytical tools and techniques like I-V curve tracing, infrared imaging, insulation resistance testing, and other commonly used tests. The material is applicable for everyone from system owners to field technicians, and will cover all sizes of grid-direct PV systems including residential, commercial, and large-scale (but does not cover battery- or medium voltage-specific maintenance).

PV and Energy Storage: Residential Applications and Design

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM | Presented by SEI

Each year, more and more PV systems come paired with a battery storage solution, and interest in batteries continues to grow rapidly. This session is all about energy storage systems (ESS), including common topologies and applications, DC and AC coupled PV, and modes of operation including backup power, self-consumption, and peak load shifting. We’ll also touch on design strategies, best practices, and code requirements! Join SEI instructors with decades of experience to improve your understanding of battery-based applications, equipment, and system design.

The Green Hydrogen Value Proposition: Fundamental Policy Needs to Drive Market Development and Re-Imagine the Energy Ecosystem

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Presented by Nick Connell Policy Director Green Hydrogen Coalition

Experts among the energy industry are increasingly acknowledging that green hydrogen will be a key resource to achieving complete economy and electricity sector decarbonization targets. Due to its unique versatility and flexible characteristics, similar to natural gas, green hydrogen can be utilized as a long-duration, seasonal energy storage resource that can address the decarbonization of hard-to-abate sectors such as heavy-duty transportation, industrial processes, aviation, and maritime applications.

This workshop will discuss pathways to actualize the green hydrogen value proposition, considering fundamental policy drivers necessary to drive appropriate market development and realize anticipated cost reductions, evaluating:
• The green hydrogen value proposition across the electricity sector and economy wide to drive deep decarbonization
• Updates on policies, projects, and funding opportunities that are advancing the adoption of green hydrogen in the US and internationally
o Tax incentives for green hydrogen under the Inflation Reduction Act
o Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act
• How policy developments are accelerating the green hydrogen economy, and what fundamental policy drivers and innovation that is still needed for a thriving market
• Key states with supportive policy and regulatory environments that are ripe for project development
• How developers can navigate this new market, identify optimal participation pathways, and develop successful, bankable green hydrogen projects This workshop will feature Nick Connell, the Policy Director of the Green Hydrogen Coalition, who has been working with regulators across the country to develop innovative policy support mechanisms for clean hydrogen. 

Evolving Markets for Standalone and Hybrid Grid-Scale Storage

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Presented by: Customized Energy Solutions

This workshop is designed to give participants an overview to the state of storage market for both hybrid grid-scale and standalone storage projects. Participants will learn about core storage revenue opportunities in market and non-market products in RTOs/ISOs, special applications such as storage-as-wires, and IRP trends and PPAs. The workshop will also give participants updates on key developments in RTOs/ISOs and critical state level activities. Throughout the course of these discussions, participants will hear about specific case studies to highlight each topic’s real-world practicalities.

Community Solar Design Fundamentals: Achieving Successful Programs Through Optimal Program Design

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM | 

Community solar (CS) is a proven approach that is gaining popularity in cities and counties across the country as a way to promote equitable solar deployment while also helping municipalities achieve decarbonization goals. However, as an increasing volume of CS programs proliferate state and local markets, the success rates of different programs have varied, with even the most well-intentioned programs sometimes struggling to achieve basic desired outcomes.

This workshop will educate attendees on the fundamentals of community solar (CS) program design to then prepare them for an evaluation of the community solar market landscape today. There will be a focus on identifying key elements of successful CS program design. Attendees will be supported to think critically in reviewing the successes and/or challenges of different programs, and identify how their outcomes correspond to specific program design elements and characteristics of the regulatory/legislative environment.

Energy Storage Interconnection Basics & Best Practices

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM |  Presented by: Jin Noh CESA California Energy Storage Alliance

This workshop is designed to present the basics and best practices for navigating the interconnection process for energy storage in today’s energy landscape. Participants will hear from multiple experts covering interconnection issues relevant for both the transmission and distribution system processes, highlighting key considerations from a development, regulatory, and financial perspective. The workshop will highlight best practices for storage interconnection and strategies for integrating standalone, hybrid energy storage, and emerging energy storage technologies in bidirectional electric vehicles. Participants will come away with a comprehensive understanding of the of storage interconnection process landscape today and a ‘best practices’ toolkit for navigating their various complexities.

Don’t forget: Workshops are not included in the #isnaesna23 conference program. Additional registration is required.

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