DER Digital Supply Chain Gap Analysis

Research output: NRELPresentation


Solar photovoltaic (PV) cybersecurity is a growing field of research. As deployments of solar PV have increased, cyber risk has also increased. Utility solar PV installations, however, are not required to comply with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) plan unless they meet a minimum generation threshold of 75 MW. Individual residential-scale solar PV deployments will not meet that generation threshold and are therefore excluded from the NERC CIP requirements. With most solar installations less than 75 MW, solar PV has been deployed with minimal oversight and highly variable cybersecurity maturity. The resources that comprise the digital supply chain can include software, code, data, and other digital components. But as clean energy technologies advance, cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities continue to evolve and grow in sophistication. Supply chain cybersecurity represents a critical area for ensuring safe operations as the U.S. moves toward a clean energy future.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at the Securing Solar for the Grid Workshop at RE+, 11-14 September 2023, Las Vegas, Nevada

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5R00-87282


  • cybersecurity
  • digital supply chain
  • gap analysis
  • solar
  • supply chain cybersecurity


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