Find Solar Quality Management and Energy Code Expertise at SPI 2018

By September 19, 2018

Meet Industry Leaders from the Institute for Building Technology and Safety and the Building Code Assistance Project

Join thought leaders from IBTS-BCAP at SPI 2018 to discover the latest in Quality Management processes and Energy Code advances.

The nonprofit organizations formed a strategic initiative earlier this year to increase accessibility to the latest best practices in solar energy design, installation, training, quality management, resilience and code development.

Don’t miss your chance to meet and learn from these experts.


Richard Lawrence | Program Director, Energy, Sustainability, & Resilience, IBTS

SEIA Installation Best Practices – Residential Portfolios

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Installer Training: Booth 1486

Developed by SEIA’s Quality Assurance Working Group (QAWG), we are excited to introduce the SEIA Installation Best Practices – Residential Portfolios here at SPI. This document updates the installation best practices previously published by the Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) working group from NREL. The document provides recommended best practices to facilitate high-quality and consistent residential solar projects to build confidence among potential solar customers, regulators, investors, rating agencies, and other stakeholders that residential solar systems are a valuable home improvement, a consistent and long-term electric generating resource, and credit-worthy investment asset class.


Rudy Saporite | Senior Program Manager, Energy Services, IBTS

Best Practices in Quality Management Processes, and Commonly Found Deficiencies in Solar PV Installations

Thursday, September 27, 2018

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Installer Training Theater

An expert in Solar PV inspections, Mr. Saporite has overseen the completion of nearly 30,000 field PV installation inspections, and more than 10,000 desktop reviews in the past seven years while leading IBTS’s Solar Quality Management Program. Through these inspections, IBTS—an independent third party—has composed data including commonly found deficiencies and the percentages that these deficiencies are found on Solar PV installations. This information is used to develop trainings targeted at reducing common points of failure and maximizing profitability. Benefits of a true Quality Management program are increased investor confidence, lower cost of acquisition, better fleet management through reduction of failures and associated costs, and overall process management for a more competitive future.


Cosimina Panetti CEM, LEED AP |Deputy Program Director, BCAP

Join Energy Code expert Cosimina Panetti for a one-on-one discussion in IBTS-BCAP booth #1381. Ask your questions about current, new or impending code changes.  Cosimina also manages a specialized solar PV training program targeted to architects and other design professionals. This SunShot training program has reached over 1,000 design professionals and is committed to the incorporation of solar into all building design.


SEIA Quality Assurance Working Group Meeting

Orange County 3, Marriott

Sept. 25th, 2018 | 9:00 – 10:30am PT

The Quality Assurance Working Group (QAWG) is designed to develop best practices in system installation in order to facilitate reduced due diligence requirements and associated costs and allow for faster and lower cost financing thru consistent, high quality solar asset design and construction techniques.  At the meeting, sub-group activity will be discussed and advanced toward completion in order to publish the best practices by 2018.  QAWG and other SEIA members are welcome to participate.  Please RSVP to join us for this meeting at


Learn more about IBTS’s strategic initiative with the Building Codes Assistance project.


Press Contact:

Karen Johnson
Market Engagement Program Director 


About IBTS:

IBTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping communities through quality services that reduce risk, enhance public safety, and improve quality of life.  IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia with branch offices across the country.  IBTS’s work is guided by a Board of Directors made up of government officials appointed by five of the most highly respected, grassroots, state and local governmental associations, including the Council of State Governments (CSG), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), National Association of Counties (NACo), National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), and National League of Cities (NLC).