Inverters are rightfully recognized as the “brains” of PV systems and that is perhaps more true today than it has ever been. As PV systems become more intelligent and increasingly commonplace in electrical power systems, inverters have to be equipped to deliver reliably and safely.
With global operations, SMA and its employees have the privilege of helping to shape the future of energy all over the world. And with headquarters in Rocklin, California – just outside the state’s capital city of Sacramento – SMA America is front and center to where state energy policy is created.
You’re on the way to pitch a potential customer on the benefits and value of installing solar on their home. Great! Like SMA, most component manufacturers have likely sent you varying homeowner leave behind materials to, well, leave behind with the homeowner after your meeting.
For the second year in a row, I’ve had the notable privilege to speak at Solar Asset Management North America—the most distinct conference for the solar service industry. Like last year, SMA sponsored the event and I was allowed the pleasure to be onstage with some very distinguished colleagues to discuss the key topic of understanding, controlling and driving down the true cost of O&M and Asset Management.
SMA joined forces with more than 200 other solar workers for CALSEIA and The Alliance for Solar Choice’s third-annual Solar Worker Day at the California State Capitol. Dressed in bright yellow shirts to show the size of our collective voice, solar workers from across the state met with legislators from each district to educate members of the economic and environmental values of rooftop solar.
The lights shined bright and the excitement flowed from the center of the ring—Solar Power International 2014 attendees flocked to The Main Event in Las Vegas to see SMA’s line of champion inverters. From October 21–23, the Las Vegas strip embraced solar power to take in the industry’s latest and greatest.
The solar industry’s best and brightest gathered on the West Coast earlier this month in San Francisco at Intersolar North America. Always on the leading edge, we decided to shake up our normal presence by forgoing a standard booth and opting to show folks a glimpse of what our inverters can do.
PV America 2014 in Boston gave great reason to celebrate; not only is solar growing wildly across the eastern United States but Borrego Solar and SMA were announced as one of four winners for the PV Project of Distinction Award during the show’s General Session. Celebrating major achievements within our industry, this award focuses on projects that have positively impacted the solar industry in the Northeast.
In October, the U.S. Department of Energy will host the 2013 Solar Decathlon at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to build solar-powered, efficient and affordable houses, with a premium on aesthetic and functional design. Stanford University, whose entry is the Start.Home, is one of only 20 teams selected to participate from candidates around the world. SMA is proud to be a part of Stanford University’s innovative entry for this year’s competition.