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Sunnier Days Ahead for Tampa Electric With SMA Inverters

Burns & McDonnell recently completed a 106-acre solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Tampa, Florida. The 23-megawatt project, owned and operated by Tampa Electric, is now the largest single source of solar power in the Tampa Bay area, and is the largest solar installation in West Central Florida.

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SMA Inverters Chosen for Mexico’s Largest Solar Plant

After suffering from a hurricane, a significant part of Aura Solar I – Mexico’s largest solar plant – was out of commission. When the time came to rebuild a 3 MW section of the project that had been destroyed, Mexico’s largest developer Gauss Energía selected SMA inverters citing reliability and efficiency.

The project rebuild uses 50 Sunny Tripowers which will be responsible for producing energy for 10 percent of the total Aura Solar I project.

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The Aura Solar I plant is self-sustainable, and unlike most other solar plants of this size around the globe, it operates without any subsidies from public or private agencies. The facility has also led the way for environmental sustainability in the region, substantially reducing the consumption of fossil fuels.

SMA America is proud to be part of this important rebuild! Head over to our newsroom to see what representatives from SMA America and Gauss Energía had to say about the project.

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SMA Inverters Help California Farm to Save on Costly Irrigation

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R.A. Sano Farms, located in the heart of California’s Central Valley, is a large farm that grows tomatoes and a variety of other row crops.

Farm owner Alan Sano has always faced a challenge because tomatoes require large amounts of watering, and in a place where surface water is limited, he had to use groundwater from wells on the farm to irrigate his crops. This is extremely costly because pumping from wells requires a great deal of electricity.

To offset those costs, Sano turned to JKB Energy, a tried-and-true expert for agricultural and commercial projects, to install two 750 kW fixed ground-mount systems for his irrigation wells. JKB used two different sites to take advantage of existing utility transformers and install the maximum solar capacity on each one – thus avoiding significant upgrade costs for Sano’s farm.

Both sites combine for a 1,500 kW system that saves R.A. Sano Farms nearly $361,000 per year. The system will also offset more than 93 million pounds of CO2 over the next 25 years.

JKB Energy used 28 SMA Sunny Tripower inverters for the system, which are the ideal inverters for flexible, efficient installations.

“We value long-term business relationships and reliable products. SMA is the clear industry leader on both of these points, and they’ve been a terrific partner over the years. They have the history and reputation to back up their product claims and services,” said Chad Cummings, Director of Sales & Marketing for JKB Energy.

JKB Energy has been a long-valued partner to SMA, incorporating effective designs using the Sunny Tripower line of inverters for agriculture-related installations.

We are glad that SMA inverters are helping R.A. Sano Farms save on its electricity bills and focus more on farming.

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California Dairy Farm Offsets 85% of Energy Consumption with SMA Inverters

Sunvalley Solar recently completed a 2.2 MW solar project on Wreden Ranch, a dairy farm located south of Fresno in Hanford, California. A total of 58 SMA Sunny Tripower inverters, together with 6,920 Canadian Solar panels, were deployed on 12 acres of land.

“Reliability is our top concern when choosing parts for agricultural projects. SMA has a reputation for great customer service and reliable products,” said Mehmet Cercioglu, general manager of Sunvalley Solar.

The system uses the Sunny Tripower 30000TL-US, the ideal inverter for designing a system with power, efficiency and flexibility.

This installation is an addition to a 1.1 MW project that was commissioned on Wreden Ranch in 2015. In total, the 3.3 MW solar array is the largest, privately-owned PV system on a California dairy farm.

The solar energy provided from the system will offset around 85% of the farm’s electricity consumption.

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Project Spotlight: French American International School by Occidental Power

SMA partner Occidental Power recently installed a rooftop system at the French American International School, part of the National Center for International Schools, in downtown San Francisco.

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SMA on Tap in Savannah

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As part of a Hannah Solar project in Savannah, Ga., SMA inverters recently helped beverage distributorship Savannah Distributing Company – a distributor of beer, wine and spirits – go solar.

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SMA Sunny Centrals Power Springbok Solar Farms

The California solar industry recently wrapped up a groundbreaking 2016 thanks to a number of major projects, including the much anticipated and recently commissioned 155 MW Springbok 2 Solar Farm in Kern County, just north of Los Angeles, California – a project that uses SMA inverters.

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6 MW Commercial Projects Featured in Solar Industry Magazine

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Pickett Solar recently installed more than 200 SMA Sunny Tripowers as part of two major agribusiness commercial projects totaling nearly 6 MW near Fresno, California.

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SMA Inverters Power Solar Research at University of Georgia

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the state of Georgia has major potential when it comes to solar power. Georgia currently has 495 MW of solar energy installed, and recently, Radiance Solar added 1.25 MW of additional solar power to that total for a Georgia Power solar research project being hosted at the University of Georgia.uga-solar-research1

Radiance Solar’s design for the project was built around Georgia’s unique climate and energy needs. It includes Sunny Tripowers, SMA’s reliable, high-performing commercial solution.

“When we began this project, we knew that SMA inverters were easy to design with and would produce significant power,” said James Marlow, CEO and co-founder of Radiance Solar. “Sunny Tripowers are reliable, and we know we can count on the support of SMA Service to keep this project running smoothly.”

This new research site at the university will serve as a real-life classroom, providing project partners with a place to study solar performance and better understand how to bring more solar power to Georgia.

SMA is proud to be part of this great effort.

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Photos courtesy of Radiance Solar

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Does Solar Energy Make Sense in Alaska?

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Top managers in Germany like to toss around the phrase, “growing pineapple in Alaska.” Among them is former RWE CEO Jürgen Großmann, who has joked that subsidizing solar energy is equally unlikely. Although nobody is actually growing pineapple in Alaska yet, solar energy is gaining ground in that remote U.S. state.

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Philippines: One of the World’s Largest Photovoltaic Plants Including String Inverters Commissioned

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The Catalagan Solar Farm on the Philippine island of Luzon was commissioned in March. At 63 MW, it is one of the world’s largest photovoltaic plants including string inverters, supplying solar power to the entire western part of the Batangas province. Spread over approximately 160 hectares (about 400 acres), the solar farm includes more than 200,000 PV modules, along with 830 Sunny Tripower 60 inverters and 23 SMA Inverter Managers.

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Real- world experience: college students design and build solar-powered barn

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College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine is taking its classroom outside for serious hands-on know-how in its renewable energy practicum program. Lead by Professor Anna Demeo, Ph.D., students learn the ins-and-outs of building design and how to incorporate renewable energy during the planning stages.

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