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How one industry association is driving lower costs and less risk through standards: A SunSpec Alliance primer

While standardization may not seem like a provocative topic, few industries have scaled without it. In this guest post from SunSpec Alliance chairman Tom Tansy, you’ll read how the trade group has been shaping industry norms for more than a decade and the benefits it provides to PV professionals.

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Mitigate Risk in Residential PV with SMA and the SunSpec Alliance

Would you like to learn how to maximize the value of a residential PV system while managing risk? Join industry leaders for an informative webinar Thursday, July 9th at 2:00 PM EDT. We will cover how to effectively decrease business risks while maximizing benefits for residential PV customers. Click here to sign up.
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We will highlight areas of opportunity in:

  • Energy Production
  • Reliability
  • Standardization
  • Service

This webinar will educate attendees on how the SunSpec Alliance is advancing industry standardization in rapid shutdown technology to achieve simple, cost-effective compliance with NEC 2017 requirements. Additionally, SMA experts will highlight a more effective way to optimize PV systems that produce more energy and afford system owners greater reliability.

We will also discuss how standardization can greatly reduce business risk by giving PV professionals freedom of choice among proven solutions while avoiding risks associated with proprietary supply. Service considerations are also a factor in minimizing risks for PV professionals and system owners alike.

We will examine recent advances in service technology that streamline operations for PV professionals while reducing the business risks associated with system downtime and truck rolls.

Featured Presenters

Tom Tansy, Chairperson, SunSpec Alliance

Brad Dore, Director of Marketing, SMA America

Blair Reynolds, Residential Product Manager, SMA America

For more information on the SunSpec Alliance click here or to learn about SMA America solutions visit our website.

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Out with the Old, in with the New!

Are you looking for the most up-to-date and effective way to optimize a PV system? Join SMA America and Solar Power World to learn how on June 18, 2020 at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT. Click here to register!

SMA Sunny Boy with ShadeFix optimization

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Deliver Greater Value in Your Distributed Generation PV Projects by Adding Storage

Join SMA and Dynapower on Tuesday, June 2  for a free, informative webinar. Our companies have tailored solutions to work in harmony with one another, reducing the integration and operational risks of alternatives. 
PEAK3 PV and Storage webinar

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SMA Sunny Tripower CORE1 Inverters: Repowering Ready!

Would you like to discover a new level of PV performance? Then this blog post series on SMA Repowering is for you! In this article, our repowering expert Thorsten Hoefer shares insights on which aspects to consider when choosing an inverter for a repowering project and explains which SMA inverters are repowering ready.

Sunny Tripower CORE1 commercial inverter

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Effectively Reaching Storage Customers Amid Quarantine

Keeping your installation business moving forward despite ongoing Coronavirus circumstances is challenging, but not impossible.

Join us for a free webinar: Thursday April 30, 2020 2:00 PM ET

Energy Storage System

 

Chances are you’re reading this from your home office, and you’ve been impacted by Coronavirus prevention measures. We wish you health and safety during these demanding times.

The good news is that your potential customers are home as well. The better news? You know who they are and how to reach them!

Many homeowners may be wondering about their energy security as they spend more time at home, so what better time to connect with them and share the peace of mind that whole home backup power can offer?

Join us for this informative webinar where attendees will gain insights including:

  • How to leverage past PV installation customers as a resource for new storage sales
  • How SMA and BYD products together provide homeowners with the ideal backup power solution
  • The importance of sharing benefit driven content with your audience
  • Marketing best practices and resources to keep driving your sales momentum

Featured speakers:

  • Brad Dore, Marketing Director, SMA
  • Devon Wilson, U.S. Manager, BYD

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The Show Must go on… Online!

We are pleased to participate in the Solar Asset Management North America virtual event taking place online April 6-8, 2020.

 

Operations and Maintenance

In the best interest of all parties and due to the ongoing Coronavirus safety precautions, the Solar Asset Management North America event has been postponed until later in 2020. But that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on opportunities to network, learn and share knowledge with industry leaders across the entire asset management and O&M spectrum.

Conference organizers have announced plans for a virtual event that will take place online during the originally planned dates for the in-person event, April 6-8, 2020. Join us as we take the discussion online and share insight on the service landscape including the challenges and opportunities facing PV and storage system owners and operators. Click here to register for this exciting virtual event.

And remember, SMA has the resources to support PV and storage businesses of all sizes.

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SMA Donation Empowers Local Police Department

SMA’s donation to the Rocklin Police Officers Association will contribute to the construction of the first and only K-9 training facility in Placer County.

SMA Donation K9 Rocklin program

Caden Elvik, presents the $2,500 donation on behalf of SMA to Officer Alexis Casciato, technical assets coordinator at the Rocklin Police Department.

Rocklin Police K-9 trainingThe Rocklin Police K9 Program protects the community by helping law enforcement officers with crowd control assignments, tracking projects and child and missing person search efforts. The canine unit also makes regular appearances each year at the local schools and community events to demonstrate how the dogs are trained and how they interact with their handlers.

The Rocklin Police Department would significantly benefit from a local K9 training course and is looking for the funds to make this a reality. The nearest existing facility of this kind open to Rocklin K9 Officers is in Davis, about an hour and a half away.

With help from community members including students from the Leadership Rocklin Class of 2019-2020 and the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce, the Rocklin Police Department is one step closer to its goal.

SMA Sales Support & Operations Manager Stephanie Fellenberg and Project Manager Caden Elvick are part of the leadership class and led SMA’s efforts to support the Rocklin Police Officers Association with a $2,500 donation.

We are pleased to know that this project will not only elevate law enforcement in Rocklin through readily accessible training facilities, but also the surrounding communities as the course will be open to police departments across Placer County.

Donate today to show your support for our officers and the Rocklin K-9 program

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SMA Returns as a Global Diamond Sponsor of the Solarplaza Asset Management Event Series

We are excited to showcase leading service concepts at the first of four events in 2020, Solar Asset Management North America.

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Differentiate your Business with Help from SMA

How can you better stand out amongst your competitors while maintaining a lean operation? In this SMA PowerUP Trusted Solar Energy Partner blog post series, we have talked about the perks of being a member including: special sales and pricing benefits, exclusive training and installation assistance, as well as priority service support. But there’s more! As a PowerUP member you get exclusive resources that will boost your marketing reach and help you reach customers more effectively.

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Interconnect Your Residential and Commercial Projects Faster with Less Risk

Don’t get left behind when mandatory compliance of California Rule 21 Phase 2 and 3 goes into effect on March 22, 2020.

SMa commercial solar project. View from top.

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Get Premium Access to SMA Service Line Experts as a PowerUP Member!

In this blog post series, we have summarized some of the perks of being an SMA PowerUP Trusted Solar Energy Partner. In Part I, we talked about special sales and pricing benefits. Then in Part II we provided details on exclusive training and installation assistance.  In Part III, we elaborate on how PowerUP members benefit from SMA’s best in class, award-winning service support.

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