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SMA Solar Academy Global Offerings Are Now Just a Click Away!

SMA is expanding its training program and presenting all available seminars and online classes on a new website: https://solaracademy.sma.de/en.html.

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Achieve a Whole New Level as an SMA PowerUP Member!

In Part I of this blog post series, we summarized a few of the benefits in becoming an SMA PowerUP Trusted Solar Energy Partner, including special sales and pricing benefits. In this second post, we are excited to share details on our training & support benefits.

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Power Up Your Business with SMA’s Trusted Dealer Program!

SMA’s new PowerUP Trusted Solar Energy Dealer program is a select network of installers and integrators closely associated with SMA. This four part blog series will look at all the benefits you can enjoy as an SMA partner.

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Competition is fierce and keeping your business on top of mind of your customers can be difficult.

As SMA trusted partners, PowerUP members receive valuable pricing, training, service and marketing benefits that make doing business simpler. In addition, these installers generate third-party credibility with buyers, facilitating an easier sales process and a more supportive installation experience.

The program uses an exclusive set of discounts, incentives and support functions to grow sales.

Direct SMA Rebate: Recognizing Brand Loyalty

PowerUP Dealers receive preferential pricing on standard products and will receive monthly rebates on product sales. These will improve flexibility and overall profitability. More promotions and incentives may be offered to further enhance the value of your SMA system.

Best in Class Inverter Warranty: + 5 Years Warranty on Sunny Boy Inverters

As a PowerUP Dealer, you can receive a 5-year warranty extension on Sunny Boy inverter purchases. This extends your total inverter warranty to a best in class 15 years! Coupled with a 25-year warranty on TS4-R module-level devices as part of our Power+ Solution, SMA PowerUP Dealers will have a comprehensive product backstop that reduces lifetime product costs.

Tell SMA What You Want to Sell: Provide Input on Next-Gen Products

By completing product development surveys, you’ll have a chance to share valuable feedback regarding SMA products including what types of products and updates you would like to offer to your customers.

Are you interested in learning more? Visit https://www.sma-america.com/powerup/installer and stay tuned for part 2 of this blog series where we’ll outline more PowerUP member benefits!

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SMA Energy System Has Been Recognized with UL 9540 Safety Certification

We’re excited to announce that TÜV Rheinland has certified the SMA Energy System to UL Standard 9450:2016 for the USA and Canada.

TÜV Rheinland is an independent, accredited global safety inspection organization that acts as an unbiased third-party for product testing. With the UL 9540 system-level certification, the SMA Sunny Boy Storage inverter has been certified in conjunction with lithium-ion batteries from global manufacturing leaders BYD and LG Chem.

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Since its emergence in 2016, the much-coveted UL 9540 certification has only been achieved by a small group of energy storage system manufacturers. This prestigious certification is particularly important as it assures the highest level of safety for an energy storage system, which is typically comprises multiple components including the inverter, battery management system and the batteries themselves.SMA Energy System Seal

While the SMA Sunny Boy Storage inverter and the lithium-ion batteries have already achieved independent product safety certifications such as UL 1741 and UL 1973, this system-level certification is the first instance of these components being evaluated for operation as a combined unit according to a national safety standard. It’s also the first time in history that any product from either BYD or the LG Chem has ever been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory to UL Standard 9540.

What does this mean for SMA’s customers?

It means they now have the highest level of assurance and confidence when buying the system. The requirement for the rigorous evaluation is becoming increasingly necessary for receiving incentives for the installation of battery energy storage systems, such as under the California Energy Commission (CEC) Senate Bill 1 (SB1) Guidelines. The UL 9540 certification requirement is also becoming more commonly referenced in regional building construction codes such as the California Fire Code and is a considered a best equipment installation practice by local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) such as building inspectors and fire marshals.

Even where not yet formally required, the safety certification benefits consumers, utilities, building owners, firefighters and the general public. In many circumstances, it also benefits customers and installers by expediting system permitting and approval.

The additional accolade showcases not only the SMA commitment to safety but also the versatility the company offers to clients through multiple battery options. SMA’s holistic approach of achieving certification of the Sunny Boy Storage inverter in conjunction with the BYD B-Box and LG Chem RESU lithium-ion batteries also honors the true intention of the UL 9540 Standard.

The result of SMA’s rigorous certification efforts? Complete peace of mind for our customers.

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The SMA Utility-Scale PV & Storage Forum is Back at SPI!

Building  PV  power  plants  is  a  complex  process  that  carries  risk. That’s  why  so  many  choose  SMA  for their  inverter,  storage,  and  O&M  solutions. SMA understands the entire project cycle, including financial planning, logistics, installation, commissioning and service.

The 2019 SMA Utility-Scale PV & Storage Forum at Solar Power International is on Thursday, September 26, in Salt Lake City. Join us!

SMA Utility-Scale PV & Storage Forum

SMA thought leaders will be there to discuss innovative centralized and modular utility PV and storage solutions. They will also examine risk-sharing scenarios for plant servicing as well as repowering options for underperforming utility plants.

The program will include a variety of utility-scale and storage focused topics, with a wide-range of expertise from SMA:

» Optimizing value through centralized utility solutions

» Flexibility and scalability with modular utility solutions

» AC and DC coupled storage solutions

» Risk sharing for optimal service and O&M support

» Repowering solutions from SMA

We also have a robust offering for the utility-scale segment at our booth #3837!

We will display the Sunny Highpower PEAK3, a modular solution with up to 150 kW for large-scale PV power plants. In addition, we will highlight the new Sunny Central UP, SMA’s most powerful system with an output power of up to 4,600 kVA for large-scale PV plants, and our DC DC converter that delivers greater efficiency for large PV power plants.

The 2019 SMA Utility-Scale PV & Storage Forum starts at 8:30am at the Marriot Downtown at City Creek. Seats are limited. Reserve yours today by registering here!

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See the Future of Solar with SMA at SPI 2019

If you are planning to attend Solar Power International then get ready to see the future of solar right in front of your eyes at SMA Booth #3837. SMA is a proud Megawatt sponsor at this year’s event, which takes place in Salt Lake City from September 23 to 26. Read below for our full list of activities as we’re planning on providing you with a great SPI experience!

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Did your inverter company leave you high and dry? What to do when your supplier pulls out of the market.

Further consolidation in the solar inverter landscape raises service and O&M uncertainty as reports of another global inverter provider ceasing sales in the U.S. 

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SMA to Highlight Large-Scale Storage Solutions at ESA Conference 2019

ESA’s Annual Energy Storage Conference & Expo will take place in Phoenix, Arizona, April 16-18 and SMA will be there. Visit us at booth #811 to learn more about our AC and DC coupled system solutions that enable greater integration of renewable energy on the grid and support grid stability.

SMA @ ESA’s Annual Energy Storage Conference & Expo

The energy storage market is growing: expanding in size and scope and SMA has positioned itself as a key player in the large-scale storage market with solutions that are ready for global deployment.

Attendees can visit the SMA booth to learn about the company’s Sunny Central Storage solution, the Sunny Central DC coupled solution, and the SMA DC-DC converter.

Our team of experts will also share information on use cases, including grid services for generation capacity and support for grid stability, as well as solutions for renewable integration using both AC and DC coupled architectures.

We’ll also have experts present to discuss our flexible service solutions for asset management, spanning from spare parts supply warranties to preventative maintenance, plant-wide O&M and repowering solutions.St. Eustatius Project

Read this article and watch this video before heading to the ESA Conference to learn about an award-winning large-scale project in the Caribbean. SMA inverters help to provide the St. Eustatius municipality with a diesel-free daytime electricity supply that saves 1.7 million liters of diesel fuel and 4,500 metric tons of CO2 annually.

Have you registered for the ESA Energy Storage Annual Conference & Expo? Sign up today and remember to visit us at booth #811. See you there!

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Meet SMA experts at Solar Asset Management North America 2019!

The leading conference dedicated to optimizing the operational phase of solar plants and portfolios is back in San Francisco for its sixth edition, and SMA is once again a proud diamond sponsor. Register now and save 15% using code SMA-15.

Meet SMA experts at Solar Asset Management North America 2019!

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Be the Change: With SMA, you make the difference.

More than 3,000 employees from 20 countries work to ensure that SMA is actively helping to promote the production and development of PV system technology worldwide.

Be the Change: With SMA, you make the difference.

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Rule 21 Phase 2: What does it mean for the solar industry?

It is February the 22, 2019, and today is the day we’ve been anticipating for California Electric Rule 21, Phase 2 implementation!

Rule 21 Phase 2: What does it mean for the solar industry?

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The Top Three Reasons Why Installers Love the CORE1 Commercial Solution from SMA!

Since its introduction, SMA’s Sunny Tripower CORE1 has been taking the commercial market by storm. Now with expanded features and functions, installers have even more reasons to appreciate this truly unique commercial PV solution. We compiled the top three reasons that have installers shouting their praise from the rooftop. 

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