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Honoring Earth Day with Clean Energy

This year, Earth Day is celebrated around the world on Saturday, April 22. On this day and every day, SMA honors Mother Earth and the abundance of resources the planet provides to us.

From helping farms and businesses offset their electricity costs to installing enough solar power in North America to power 2 million homes, SMA is grateful to play a small role in developing clean energy that respects and values our environment.

SMA staff has participated in Earth Day cleanups over the years

SMA staff has participated in Earth Day cleanups over the years

We believe that harnessing the power of the sun will protect the resources we have here on earth to create a greener, more sustainable way of life that will preserve our planet for years to come.

The 155 MW Springbok Solar Farm 2, one of many solar projects that uses SMA inverters for clean power

 

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Why Power+? How to Explain the Solution to Homeowners

 

Many of our installation partners and Authorized Distributors are excited about the game-changing Power+ Solution. Hopefully, many of you have even received some training via a Solar Academy webinar, or have watched our tech tips on how to install it.

But how do you explain the benefits of the Power+ Solution to homeowners who may not immediately understand it – or perhaps aren’t even sure what an inverter does?  Rather than focusing on technical information, here are a few tips that may help you explain why SMA’s Power+ Solution is the best choice for residential PV systems.

  • Highlight SMA’s proven experience as a #1 global inverter brand, sharing that SMA has 35 years of field-proven experience.
  • Talk about the safety and reliability of the Power+ Solution, including how our solution uses fewer components than competitor solutions, meaning there will be less maintenance involved.
  • SMA’s Power+ Solution produces more power than its competition. This means more savings on power bills for homeowners!
  • Share information about Sunny Portal, our free, mobile-friendly tool that will help homeowners track their system’s performance and ROI.
  • Spotlight SMA as a future-proof choice. With SMA’s continued commitment to developing home energy management technology and exciting partnerships with leading battery brands, homeowners can count on SMA technology as they equip their home to be a smart home of the future.

Power+ Solution

Each of these is highlighted in our special brochure just for homeowners. This is a great tool for you to use when you are talking to homeowners about their residential PV project. To access the brochure, simply click here or scroll down to the bottom of the Power+ Solution page. There, you’ll see a red icon labeled with Download the Power+ Solution brochure for homeowners.

We encourage you to browse our website for additional resources as well, and come back to our blog regularly for more helpful tips and tools.

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SMA to Host Large-Scale Storage Day in Germany

Last year was a big year for energy storage. According to a recent GTM Research report, U.S. energy storage installations grew by 100 percent. This year the trend is expected to continue, with more and more energy storage systems – especially long-duration systems – continuing to be installed.

Visit the SMA Large-Scale Storage Day on April 25, 2017 in Niestetal, Germany

SMA is introducing innovative concepts for megawatt-class storage systems as it prepares for a future when storage systems will play an even larger role in PV power plants and utility grids. SMA’s large-scale storage concept is the solution for grid-bound integration, with or without a PV system.

To take a deeper look at current market developments and showcase its large-scale storage solution, SMA will host the Large-Scale Storage Day Tuesday, April 25, at SMA headquarters in Niestetal, Germany.

The Large-Scale Storage Day is a great opportunity to learn about megawatt-class storage, exchange ideas with experts and tour the SMA Test Center and Sunny Central production facilities for a behind-the-scenes look at SMA’s quality standards.

Guest lectures will discuss regulations and battery storage applications, intelligent generation systems, grid management and SMA’s full-service offerings.

To register for the event, click here.

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SMA Test Center: The World in a Lab [Video]

More is expected of them than of others: SMA solar inverters must work perfectly for many years. No matter in which country, in which climate, or to which power network they are connected.

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SMA on the Road: Optimization Redefined Tour 2017

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SMA is getting ready to hit the road this spring for its Optimization Redefined Tour 2017! Come out to an event at an Authorized Distributors near you to meet SMA Solar Academy trainers and experience our new Power+ Solution firsthand.

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SMA Redefines Optimization with its Power+ Solution

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SMA is now taking orders for its new, game-changing Power+ Solution to optimize residential systems. Combining the proven Sunny Boy US inverter with the TS4-R Module Level Power Electronics (MLPE), the new SMA solution cost-effectively optimizes residential PV systems and ensures higher energy yields.

The Power+ Solution will redefine what it means to optimize a residential PV system using MLPE. SMA’s MLPE solution can be applied per module for operational simplicity or selectively for faster installation.

Every PV project has its own unique challenges and objectives, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution in today’s solar landscape. The Power+ Solution enables integrators to apply the technology in a way that optimizes ROI for their individual business model.

The TS4-R module components of the SMA Power+ Solution can be used like traditional MLPEs and satisfy all of the challenges that incumbent solutions address. But unlike traditional optimization, which requires MLPEs on every module even when it’s not needed, the Power+ Solution can also be applied selectively. This reduces installation time, service risk, and ultimately cost. Selectively deploying TS4-R can save up to 90 minutes of installation time per residential system while realizing greater energy production and roof usage, and providing a higher ROI.

Selective deployment is also ideal when it comes to service and O&M. Fewer components mean fewer potential points of failure and less risk, and when service is required, it is simpler.

For integrators opting for full deployment, installation can still achieve significant time-saving.

The module-based DC technology is supplied by the universal TS4 platform, which offers various levels of plug-and-play functionality. The TS4 is available as a factory integrated component through leading module suppliers. It is also available as an add-on, retrofit option exclusively through SMA, and makes any system instantly smarter and more powerful.  Benefits of the TS4 line include module-level monitoring, shutdown code compliance, shade mitigation and increased string lengths.

The TS4 has been engineered to work seamlessly with the Sunny Boy US inverter, which is the fastest PV inverter to install. This allows installers and distributors to realize additional cost savings by reducing the total number of products they must carry. Now, integrators can carry one line of inverters for MLPE and non-MLPE applications, which reduces warehouse space while also improving flexibility when installation requirements change at the last minute.

For data monitoring, module-level diagnostics can be viewed through Sunny Portal – the world’s largest monitoring repository for PV systems.

 

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IEC o UL – Lo que necesita saber al seleccionar inversores para Latinoamérica

En el Mercado actual dos de las organizaciones más importantes para la definición de estándares para las pruebas y certificación de inversores para plantas fotovoltaicas a nivel internacional son IEC (International Electrotechnical Comission), y UL (Underwriters Laboratories). Estas dos organizaciones se encargan de preparar y publicar los estándares para diferentes tecnologías dentro del sector eléctrico y electrónico. Una de las principales diferencias entre estas dos entidades es el área de influencia y los lugares en los cuales son adoptados sus respectivos estándares. En Europa predomina IEC mientras que en Norteamérica es UL.

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The SMA Christmas Game: Can you get the high score?

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Ready for a little break today? Join SMA in some holiday fun and play a round of our Christmas game!

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Sneak Peek: SMA to showcase never-before-seen PV solutions at SPI 2016

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SMA is working hard to put the finishing touches on what is sure to be our most exciting exhibit to date at this year’s Solar Power International show in Las Vegas, September 12-15. Our Powerful Partners booth (#959) will showcase game-changing residential and commercial solutions and strategic partnerships that were developed with the North American market in mind, making it easier for our customers to do business while reducing their costs. That includes our newest inverters and O&M offerings, all of which will be on display for the first time in the U.S.

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Tech Tip: Sunny Explorer Basic Overview

With a Speedwire-enabled inverter from SMA, all you need for access to key PV plant data is to connect an Ethernet cable from your computer to the inverter and start Sunny Explorer. In this Tech Tip video, the Solar Academy walks you through a basic overview of Sunny Explorer, including how to use this free software for fast and efficient system commissioning and parameter changes.

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Tech Tip: Internet Connectivity with Webconnect

Checking to make sure a customer’s inverter is receiving a good Internet connection will find and resolve the majority of communication-related service calls. The Solar Academy’s Mike Mahon demonstrates the diagnostic process with key things to look for in determining if the Internet connection is getting lost before it reaches a Sunny Boy.

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Four Reasons to Register Your System in Sunny Portal

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Sunny Portal offers PV system operators and installers the ability to monitor their systems online and is an essential component in intelligent energy management. Over 200,000 PV systems and over 400,000 users are already registered in Sunny Portal. Read about the advantages of Sunny Portal here.

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