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.
Did your inverter company leave you high and dry? What to do when your supplier pulls out of the market.
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.
SMA is the top O&M supplier in North America in the inverter-based provider category.
What if an inverter was smart enough to monitor its own vitals, know when something irregular might be happening and call for help all on its own? Now our Sunny Boy-US residential line of inverters can, reducing service costs for installers while improving security for system owners.
In a recent report by GTM Research, Megawatt-Scale O&M and Asset Management 2015-2020, researchers confirmed the important role the inverter plays in plant operations and performance, solidifying the role inverter manufacturers play as a key provider of plant-wide PV services. SMA, one of the leading inverter companies providing O&M services, launched head-first into the global PV services market with dramatic success over a relatively short time period.
It’s something installers hate to hear and hate to troubleshoot: the dreaded DC-side arc fault. Rarely in solar can such a small phrase bring so much ambiguity and require so much effort to find and fix. Yet over the course of a career, all solar installers will find themselves searching inside junction boxes, combiners and on top of roofs to find that pesky fault.
Module stringing and the question of how many and in which orientations, voltage windows and, lest we forget, available roof space, play pivotal roles in system design. To properly design a system, it’s imperative to know how stringing impacts the total power delivered to an inverter.
SMA has built a reputation for manufacturing world-class inverters that are trustworthy and reliable, and most SMA inverters come with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty. While customers have come to rely upon the quality products and superior service that SMA America provides, a little extra assurance always helps. With this in mind, SMA has introduced new 5- and 10-year extended warranties. Customers now have more options than ever at a reduced price!