XBRL Extension for Construction, Energy and Transportation  

Prize Amount and Categories

There will be four categories, each with a prize of $5,000, and five $1,000 “extra points”. 

Entrants can win multiple categories.  

Main Categories - $5,000 each

1. Administration, data interoperability, data analytics and reporting for the Company Profile Data Set, Work on Hand Data Set and IECRE 61724 Data Set for Solar System Performance utilizing XML, XBRL (XBRL US) and FIBO (EDM Council) including “form filler” to print standardized applications, prequalification, contracts, standard reports and surety bond forms tailored for the Smart Grid that can also be electronically transmitted.

2. Coordination and integration with SunSpec oSDX, DOE Orange Button

3. Coordination and integration with DOE Green Button, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES), the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEEAction) and the California Innovation Lab.

4. Administration, data interoperability, data analytics and reporting for helping Small Business and Veteran Owned Solar Installation Contractors.

Extra Points - $1,000 each

1. Coordination and integration with AGC and COSA

2. Coordination and integration with NASBP, SFAA and Accord

3. Coordination and integration with IEP XML

4. Synergy of data standards between Public and Private entities relating to Energy and Transportation industries (Lammers Road Pilot) where government resources like the California State Innovation Lab are utilized.

5. Most number of forms and applications that can be saved as a Data Set and printed the old fashioned way.  Forms to consider:
   1. California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Supplier Clearinghouse Application

   2. Small Business Administration – Surety Bond Program - SBA forms

   3. California Department of Industrial Relations Pre-Qualification of Contractors Seeking to Bid on Public Works Projects

   4. AGC/COSA - ConsensusDocs 721 Subcontractor’s Statement of Qualifications

Additional prizes may include internships, or having entrant’s application be considered for follow on development as part of an entrepreneurial innovation incubator/accelerator program.

Left to Right:

Dixon Wright, Chief Cat Herder, Wells Fargo Insurance Services

Dan Peter, Organizer - Bay Area Salesforce Developer Meet Up, Kenandy

Charlie Isaac, CTO for Customer Connection, Saleforce 

ORANGE BUTTON Finance Working Group Meeting

Overview of Data Interoperability Contest

​Time 13:06

Bay Area Salesforce Developers Meet Up

IOT - Data Interoperability for Climate Change Contest

Time 8:52 

IoT - Data Interoperability for Climate Change Contest


This contest is for you if you want to promote solar, help small business secure opportunities in the solar industry, and be part of a national effort of people working collaboratively on a common objective.

Revised August 25, 2016

Easy as 1 2 3

Step One
Update the old 2009 ASP platform Chico Common Application (log in as Sample Sample) into a simple modern online and/or cloud based starter application that can demonstrate the power and potential of multi-industry data interoperability, from the smallest solar installer to the largest utility scale project.

  • A simple database for administering both a solar facility owner and the solar installation contractor company profile with the ability to export/import in XML and/or XBRL (with data fields already in the XBRL Taxonomy) and form fill common applications for old fashioned printing.

Step Two
Take the IECRE 61724 Data Set for Solar System Performance spreadsheet with a column of data field names with XML tags and create a simple database for administering the data from multiple solar systems and create basic tools for analyzing and trending performance, with the ability to export/import in XML and/or XBRL (with data fields already in the XBRL Taxonomy).

Step Three
Enable that simple database to administer a solar installation construction company, including the "Work on Hand" Report with the ability to export/ import in both XML and XBRL following the process and procedure for the Data Set that resulted from the recent XBRL US review process.

  • At the conclusion of the contest in November the revised IECRE 61724 Data set, with new data fields as identified during the process, will be summited to XBRL US to commence their formal review and comment period process for inclusion in the XBRL taxonomy and the Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO).

The contest deliverables are:

Multiple free shareware applications posted on “App Exchanges”, along with awareness of commercial applications for even more options, that will give all stakeholders a quick and cost effective way to implement secure reliable data exchange to improve access to funding for solar projects, and to enable the development of financial products tailored for the solar industry that are responsive, predictible and reliable for better risk management for utilities, other stakeholders, and to improve solar bankability. 

Establishing a multi-industry Common Application that enables easier access to surety and bank credit for small business, with a focus on veteran owned companies, including pre-qualification to general contractors and project owners, on solar installation opportunities where surety and capital requirements might have been a barrier.  While focues on solar, the Common Application will will apply to any business.

Collaboration network of individuals, public agencies, private entities and future graduates to support the successful implementation of the federal Blue, Green and Orange Button data interoperability objectives.


The contest is designed to promote engagement and collaboration, and its greatest success will come from a wide range of entrants as teams, with each team supported by various public/private expertise and resources, and so many judges that the awareness of potential along with accomplishment is far and wide.

Entrants are competitors but also collaborators, and by sharing strategy and work product each will learn from each other, and together the sum will be far greater than any one part. 

Overcoming the barriers

Perception that “it” is too complicated and still too far off
There will have multiple applications and multiple platforms that can securely send and receive data based on the widely adopted XBRL standard in five months

Chicken and Egg scenario

Any of the financial markets can secure the application that serves them best and be able to import a company profile, work on hand and IECRE 61724 in five months.

That will warrant generators of the data, from public outreach databases, accounting systems to solar O&M providers, to produce the data confident that it will be consumed by a business partner so they can provide better terms and conditions.

Cost of Implementation/Cost of Miscalculation

Anyone can secure a copy of the shareware prototype application on the platform of their choice, for free, confident that it provides a foundation for data interoperability that is widely adopted and implemented across industry segments.

Not only do the shareware prototype applications provide the foundation to develop proprietary improvements and ongoing internal development, the contest will produce a number of qualified graduates and professionals ready to contribute to the proprietary development where innovation has no barriers.

Cyber Risk

Cyber risk is too unique to each situation for a one size fits all approach, but the contest will highlight various approaches and strategies.

The contest will also provide a network of contacts and direction for participants on how to effectively locate and utilize public and private resources for addressing the cyber risk that are best suited for their specific situation.

The contest will accomplish overcoming all of the above barriers, help small business and help veterans secure opportunities in the solar industry. 

$25,000 in Prize Money

Invitation to be part of the Cat Herd

For those that don't have the time and bandwith to commit to being a Judge or Observer you are welcome to simply be part of the Cat Herd and contribute as you feel comfortable.

You don't have to answer the survey questions if you don’t want to, or vote, but we will keep you in the loop and look for your engagement as your time permits.

It is requested, but not required, that you identify yourself on the XBRL-CET website to show engagement from as many different stakeholders as possible.

You can convert to a judge anytime

These are all subject to review.

If you have any ideas on the best way to get engagement from the broadest possible group, please share.

Invitation to be a Judge

The primary objective of the contest is engagement of various stakeholders for different industry segments.

Getting as many judges as possible promotes not only that engagement, but will give insight to the factors that should be considered to not only the entrants, but other stakeholders.

The only commitment of judges is to indicate on the XBRL-CET website their participation, engage to the level their time permits, commit one hour to review the YouTube submissions, vote on the online survey if they have an opinion on the benchmark category, and abstain of they don’t.

Again, judges are not for technical review.  They are industry leaders and mentors that want to contribute to the educational experience of entrants and support the industry and governments initiates to establish open standards and data interoperability.

Judges will be identified on the XBRL-CET website.

Invitation to be an Observer

If your situation prevents you from being a judge by regulatory constraint or other rules we would welcome your participation and engagement as an observer.

Observers will be identified on the XBRL-CET website.

Same survey questions, and same request for engagement and insights.

You just don't vote 

Contest Deliverable Required by Every Entrant

A simple to use online application that can securely administer the data for:

  1.    Basic company profile
  2.    Contractors work on hand report
  3.    IECRE 61724 Solar System Performance data set.

Provide Monitoring, Performance Measurement and Data Analytics to the work on hand report and IECRE 61724.

Able to import and export the XBRL work on hand report

Able to import and export all data in XML

  • Identifying those data fields that are already part of the formal XBRL taxonomy.
  • Identifying those data fields that are not part of the formal XBRL taxonomy, with recommendations for consideration and a tracking process to identify the review process status for each data field

Submit to EDM Council recommendations for identified data elements to be incorporated in FIBO.

Provide a form filled print option and download option for a basic company profile in XML, and ultimately XBRL/FIBO, that aligns with the basic information and prequalification requirements of participating banks, sureties, insurance companies, general contractors, corporate procurement and governmental agencies.

Resources Provided

Each entrant will be provided:

Access to the online Chico Common App as a demonstration of functionality to be replicated.  Log in as “sample”/”sample”

The ASP code for the Chico Common App available on Github.

XBRL-CET Spreadsheet with Chico Common App XML output linked to XBRL taxonomy

XBRL Data Set for performance measurement on a contractors work on hand report

IECRE 61724 Solar System Performance Data Set with XML tags, currently under review and revision.

List of data Set elements for basic company profile


This objective of this contest is to promote open data standards and enable data interoperability by contributing towards widely adopted and implemented data exchange capabilities between multi-industry stakeholders. The effort will be synergized with various industry standards bodies and focus on Construction, Energy and Transportation.

Engagement is the ultimate objective of the contest, with the prize money distributed over multiple target benchmarks to stress data interoperability in a “many to many” environment, not “one to one.”   The emphasis is not on a complex comprehensive application that can do many things, but a simple application that does a few very simple things but with broad stakeholder reach.

The transition to multi-industry data interoperability requires a compelling case for any one entity to invest resources, with four main barriers: 

* Perception that “it” is too complicated and still too far off
* Chicken and Egg scenario
* Cost of Implementation/Cost of Miscalculation
* Cyber Risk

This contest is designed to challenge each of those barriers, and overcome them not as one winning solution, but as a catalyst for national engagement and collaboration that creates many solutions and sets the stage for innovation across multiple industries engaged in transportation and energy, enabled by open standards and resulting data interoperability.

To support the objective of the DOE SunShot funded Orange Button to make solar more bankable, the contest will leverage the Federal Open Data Initiative, the DATA Act, IECRE 61724, XBRL Taxonomy, XBRL-CET, Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO), XBRL US and Surety Industry Review Process, and the recently passed California SB350 requiring 50% renewable energy by 2030.

There will be unintended consequences as the nation transitions to digital. This contest will concentrate on creating the intended consequence of improving access to credit for small business with a focus on helping veteran-owned companies secure opportunities within the solar industry. Solve it for that narrow group and the ramifications will apply to, and impact, a wide range of situations with benefits to a sizable population, big and small, utility scale to distributed energy, regardless of building a solar facility, building or roadway.

At the conclusion of the contest we anticipate there will a wide network of stakeholders that contributed to the collaboration and the resulting free applications in the App Exchange sections for Salesforce, Amazon, Quickbase and other cloud based or desktop options, along with powerful commercial applications that can truly exploit the potential.  All the options can exchange and analyze IECRE 61724 data for making solar more bankable,

And we improved access to opportunities for small business while we were at it.

Requirement to be a Judge or Observer

Judges and observers are invited to engage and act as encouragement to participants.  The widest range of expertise of Judges from throughout the supply chain will allow different perspectives and contributions to the collaboration.

To be a Judge go to the XBRL-CET Website Judges webpage and answer the survey questions.

Survey questions

  1. Name, email and organization
  2. Where are you in the supply chain
  3. Other than XBRL and FIBO what other financial reporting standards should also be considered.
  4. Other than IECRE 61724 what other Solar System Performance standards should also be considered.
  5. What advice do you have for entrants, and as a judge what are you looking for?

These responses will be on the XBRL-CET website for entrants, as wells as other stakeholders, to review and consider as they develop their submissions.

Judging Criteria  

The following are four areas that all ideas will be judged on:

Idea Concept:     Concisely and clearly explained

                           Simple and easy to use

                           Aligns with DOE Orange and Green Button

Innovation:         Breakthrough in thinking or design

                           Synergy with electronic surety bonds

                           Secure import and export

Standards Use:   Use of standards

                            How many different standards synergized

                            Compliance option for the DATA Act

Collaboration:    How many collaborators

                          How many different types of collaborators

Judging Scoring

There is no scoring, only observations which will vary from stakeholder to stakeholder and judges will vote on what moves them.

The purpose of the contest is to promote engagement from a wide range of stakeholders, which will necessitate that entrants keep it simple and tell the story so that the widest range of stakeholders find merit in the submission. 

Technology, and technical considerations will be important, but ease of use and simple appreciation of the value proposition will gain more votes than anything else.

Eligible Entrants


The grant is funded by Wells Fargo Environmental Affairs and entrants must comply with eligibility requirements.  See also the Wells Fargo Environmental and Social Risk Management Report. 

Universities, commercial software vendors, professionals, consultants, individuals, teams or any combination is free to offer their contribution, and to collaborate with other participants.

Teams can be formed that include stakeholders from any sector of the supply chain, and since the goal is engagement the broader the make-up of the team the better, the more team members even better.

Only universities, or other non-commercial or not for profit entities are eligible for prize money.

Any entity, individual or group may seek confirmation of eligibility.  Email Dixon@XBRL-CET.com

Commercial and for profit application developers are encouraged to participate and to showcase their professional applications, and to partner with non-commercial teams. 

Where the prize money may be too small for commercial developers, the engagement and collaboration should contribute to improvements in commercial applications, and the significant visibility to stakeholders is the benefit for commercial applications, along with the improvements to data interoperability participation will provide that should benefit commercial applications.

    * Combat Climate Change
        * Promote Solar and Clean Energy
            * Help Small Business

Showcase Your Programming Skills
        * Create Apps that Make a Difference
            * Contribute to the National Open Data Standards Effort

    * Network with Future Employers
      *  Advertise to Prospective Clients
           * Look for Venture Capital Investors

​   Start a team.  Join a team.  Support a team.

To Enter:

    Submit a five-minute YouTube that introduces your team and approach

    Have fun collaborating and creating a killer App

    Submit a ten-minute YouTube on what you created and what it can do

To Win: 

    Build a Killer App

    Make a contribution to the Solar Industry

    Help Small Business



Stakeholders with expertise in each of the targeted benchmarks will be invited to be judges, but anyone can be judge by simply expressing a desire to engage.

A survey website will tally votes, and each volunteer judge will be provided a log in to vote.

The only commitment of judges is to engage to the level their time permits, commit one hour to review the YouTube submissions, vote on the online survey if they have an opinion on the benchmark category, and abstain of they don’t.

The more judges the better.

Requirement to be a judge

Judging is based on the judge’s observation, not a technical review.  Most judges will not have technical backgrounds, and will not be interested in technical issues.  Judges will reflect typical stakeholders who just know what they need and will appreciate “the story” the entrants present for why their submission deserves consideration.

Having the submissions be on YouTube reflects the intention to keep it simple, for both entrants and judges.

Have a great idea? Show us your brilliance.   

The objective of this contest is to promote open data standards and enabled data interoperability by contributing towards widely adopted and implemented data exchange capabilities between multi-industry stakeholders.  

The contest will demonstrate the ‘art of the possible’ as well as help the industry to flush out data exchange issues.

Acceptable Platforms
Any platform is acceptable so long as anyone can get a copy of the application without a problem, such as Microsoft Access or standard databases.

With cloud based platforms like CalCloud, SalesforceAmazon and Quickbase entrants shall post their submission on their platforms “free exchange” section.

Intellectual Property
All entrants shall make their submissions available for sharing, and releases any intellectual proprieties on the shareware applications submitted.

Each entrants retains the rights to their own application, and can submit a shareware version limited to this competition, and a seperate proprietary version, with full ownership and intellectual property rights retained on the proprietary version.

Data Sets may be associated with various trade association and standards body trademarked work product, and exchanging Data Sets will need to comply with each trade association and/or standards body use licensee terms and conditions.

University Participants

- - - For Information the original contest material is provided below - - - 

The proposed educational contest to combat climate change by making solar more bankable while improving access to surety credit for small and veteran owned companies, promoting diversity and encouraging student to engage with STEM related classes and opportunities is being restructured from a contest to see what entrants come up with to an educational opportunity at California State University Chico as part of the long standing "AGC Surety Connection Project at CSU Chcio"

For information on the IoT Data Interoperability for Solar Bankability go to: 

IoT - Data Interoperability for Solar Bankability
Educational STEM Program at CSU Chico


Contest Outline and Objectives Announced              July 13th at InterSolar

Contest strategy and structure collaboration              July 14th SGIP/SEIA Orange Button Finance Working Group Meeting
     You Tube Link Time 13:05

Formal Contest Kick-Off and Panel Discussion         July 20th San Francisco

     YouTube Links

     Balance Between Data Interoperability and IoT and Cyber Risk - Time: 45:12

     Extracted Segments

     Introductions - Time: 12:20
    Jerry Hight - Time: 2:15                                                                             
    Alfred Berkeley - Time: 9:40
    Keith Alexander - Time: 17:56
    TJ Keating - Time 5:21

SGIP Conference  -  November 7-11 Washington DC