In a launch of preliminary outcomes on the 2024 ICC Constructing Code on-line governmental vote, the Worldwide Code Council’s (ICC) members have accredited two compromise proposals from the Photo voltaic Power Industries Affiliation (SEIA) that designate photo voltaic and storage tasks as Threat Class 2 infrastructure.
With out SEIA’s proposals, S79-22 and S81-22, a proposal from the Federal Emergency Administration Administration (FEMA), S76-22, would have required photo voltaic, storage and wind tasks to fulfill Threat Class 4 necessities — probably the most stringent danger class — which is often reserved for hospitals, hearth, police and different emergency companies buildings and buildings. SEIA’s accredited proposals present a vital carveout for photo voltaic and storage amenities.
Following is a press release by SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper:
“We’re grateful to the ICC voters for recognizing how impractical it was to incorporate photo voltaic and storage tasks as Threat Class 4. This choice is undoubtedly a victory for clear vitality deployment in the US after greater than 300 corporations signed a letter urging approval of SEIA’s compromise proposals.
“The intense and overly burdensome code measures that may have been required underneath the FEMA proposal may have stifled clear vitality progress with out enhancing grid resilience. The ensuing impact, whether or not meant or not, would have been a disastrous lower in renewable vitality tasks whereas we aggressively try to fulfill necessary local weather objectives.
“We will’t stress sufficient how necessary it’s for clear vitality advocates to proceed lively participation in these codes and requirements boards. The taxpayer-funded course of managed by authorities companies akin to FEMA to develop constructing codes proposals ought to enable extra collaboration, transparency and participation from stakeholders. On this case, it didn’t embody enter from the day-to-day consultants on actual world financial impacts, electrical energy grid reliability, sustainability and local weather change.
“Collectively, we are able to higher evolve photo voltaic and storage codes and requirements and keep away from any comparable conditions sooner or later.”
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