The SunSpec Alliance and the MESA Standards Alliance have launched a joint effort to advance common communication standards for energy storage devices by enabling the seamless integration of storage and distributed energy.

The Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) standards are an open, non-proprietary set of specifications and standards for energy storage components and systems. These standards are complementary to the SunSpec communication standards for distributed energy components and applications.

“SunSpec standards address the operational aspects of photovoltaic power plants on the smart grid. The MESA standards do the same thing for the energy storage market and offer a natural complement to our efforts to grow the distributed energy industry,” said Tom Tansy, chairman of the SunSpec Alliance.

“Together Sunspec and MESA technology standards will provide the foundation for a more effective and efficient energy distribution system,” said Steve Klein, general manager of the Snohomish Public Utility District. “Most importantly, utilities will be able to integrate increasing amounts of new renewable energy sources such as solar PV and do so with operational, technical and financial confidence.”

The SunSpec Alliance and MESA are both industry-led trade associations working to establish common standards for the different devices that comprise PV power systems and energy storage systems.

MESA is being pioneered by Snohomish PUD in partnership with 1Energy Systems, Alstom Grid and the University of Washington.