Tom Tansy


Tom Tansy is Chairman of the SunSpec Alliance (www.sunspec.org) where he leads the distributed energy industry’s efforts to establish data and communication standards that enable seamless integration of solar PV and storage into the Smart Grid. The SunSpec Alliance has more than 100 stakeholders across the globe, including leading fleet operators, component suppliers, software developers, financiers, and utilities. SunSpec’s areas of focus include grid integration, finance data interchange, O&M data interchange, and cybersecurity.

Tom also serves on the technical committee for the IEEE 2030.5 standard and leads the SunSpec/Sandia Cybersecurity Working Group. The SunSpec/Sandia Cybersecurity Working Group is focused on networked Distributed Energy Resources (DER) consisting of solar PV and energy storage, leverages a membership of 350+ industry experts, and has published four scientific papers in the past year. In addition, Tom lead the development of the SunSpec Public Key Infrastructure that is enabling the roll out of the IEEE 2030.5 standard for DER systems in California.

Tom previously served as a board member for the Solar Energy Finance Association, as General Manager and Vice President of Business Development for Power-One (now part of ABB) and helped start electric vehicle manufacturer Zero Motorcycles http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/.

My Sessions

Securing Distributed Energy Resources … Inverters & California Rule 21

Stage 2

California Rule 21 requires all new solar and storage installations to have smart inverters that have features previously reserved for larger commercial or utility applications. And these inverters will have to have “secure” TCP/IP communications capabilities to allow for utility control or aggregation control. In this session, will discuss how this is being secured as […]

IoT / Industrie 4.0