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SMA Aerial Thermography, Keeping Your PV Plant Profitability Soaring

A properly maintained solar system can accelerate investment payback and increase yields by up to 30 percent. Whether it is a commercial, utility or storage project, hot spots can be indicative of future system issues, so SMA insists on finding those potential problems before they can affect system profitability.

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SMA Executives to Speak About O&M at Solar Asset Management North America

Solar Asset Management North America is the region’s must-attend event focused on the operational phase of PV assets.  SMA is a proud diamond sponsor of the event hosted by Solarplaza on March 13 – 14 in San Francisco where two of our subject matter experts will be participating in panel discussions.

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Safeguard Your Commercial Portfolio and Get Peace of Mind With SMA

You may know that SMA is one of the most trusted providers of plant-wide O&M services worldwide, but did you know the company also provides commercial O&M services?

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SMA Technical Trainer Outlines Importance of Design Flexibility for Residential Storage

SMA Solar Academy Technical Trainer Mike Mahon recently contributed to pv magazine USA; in his piece, Mike outlines why design flexibility matters for residential storage.

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Part 2: With SMA, Users Stay One Step Ahead in the Integration of PV Plants

In part one of our series, we described the challenges that arise with the growth and increased penetration of distributed energy systems. A viable approach to overcome these challenges is to improve the operation characteristics of the inverters.

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With SMA, Users Stay One Step Ahead in the Integration of PV Plants

Over the last few years, distributed generation systems, such as PV, have grown rapidly throughout the country. Every day there are more and more systems integrated to the grid. However, with the growth and increased penetration of distributed energy systems (DERs), new challenges arise. This three part series will look at the best solutions to overcome these challenges. 

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Register for Our Upcoming Residential Energy Storage Webinar

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On Thursday, October 12, SMA will be hosting a Solar Power World webinar on residential energy storage and the future of home energy management. 

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Solar Eclipse – A Time for Storage to Shine?

The upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, will impact the operation of many GW of solar PV production across the United States.

The loss in production during the eclipse has been estimated at roughly 4,200MW of utility-scale solar, and 1,350 MW of rooftop solar, just in California.

While this is a substantial amount of power, the duration of the eclipse will be very brief in California. Grid managers were able to plan around this well understood event, and have other generating sources prepared and ready. Large amounts of energy storage resources (including pumped hydro storage) will be used for grid support during this event but in the future quick responding electrical energy storage may provide the bulk of needed support.

SMA is best known for its PV inverters. Still, the company has sold several hundred MWs of grid interactive battery storage inverter capacity that is perfectly suited to be used as a grid support resource in such an event – where large power discharge is required for a short time period.

In a few months, SMA will launch its residential grid-tied storage inverter, the Sunny Boy Storage US. This device can be programmed to ensure there is plenty of energy stored up to offset a known time of high load demand (peak shaving) or for a time of poor solar production (allowing increased self-consumption), such as a solar eclipse!

Imagine how easy it would be to give the sun a break if you could work with customers to program a Sunny Boy Storage to offset their household’s demand during this event?

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SMA will host a nationwide roadshow for the Sunny Boy Storage later this year. Like the path of totality of this eclipse, the roadshow will not visit all states, so keep your eyes peeled for stops near you! And in the meantime, make sure you don’t look at the sun without proper eye protection.

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South Korea Focuses on Storage Power Plants

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200 MW of pure storage capacity: Before the end of 2015, the world’s largest battery-storage system will go into operation in South Korea. Its aim is to help stabilize the Korean utility grid.

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