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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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Solar Decathlon-winning home integrates Secure Power Supply for standby needs

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The long journey from Hoboken, New Jersey to Irvine, California was worth the effort for Stevens Institute of Technology’s SURE HOUSE, which won the 2015 Solar Decathlon hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. SURE,

Sunny Boy TL-US by Steven's Institute

Sunny Boy TL-US inverters share a utility room with the solar hot water systems inside the SURE HOUSE.

standing for Sustainable plus Resilient, represents the team’s vision for a post-Hurricane Sandy Jersey Shore home. The house uses 90 percent less energy than the average New Jersey home by implementing the passive house building standard.

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California dairy is milking one megawatt from the sun

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Land allocation is something farmers take very seriously. Dedicating almost five acres of farmable land for a one-megawatt solar system came with heavy considerations by the team at the Red Top Jersey Dairy in Chowchilla, California. Thankfully for this farming operation, the four and a half acres of land are still contributing to the farm’s bottom line by harvesting power from the sun to offset more than 86 percent of all electrical needs.

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Anheuser Busch Distributor Raises a Cold One to Distributed Solar

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When engineering, procurement and construction company Solar Energy Management designed the largest rooftop installation in Florida, two things were especially important: that the components be industry-leading and made in America.

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Solar is a hole-in-one for prestigious New Mexico golf club

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Santa Ana Golf Club (SAGC) in Bernalillo, New Mexico, is one of the most celebrated and scenic golf facilities in the American Southwest. Situated on 270 acres, it offers spectacular views of the Sandia Mountains, the Rio Grande and the dormant volcanoes crouched along the West Mesa. It includes a 27-hole championship links-style golf course with five sets of tees on every hole, allowing golfers to play from 5,500 to 7,400 yards. There also is a 22,000-square-foot clubhouse, full-service pro shop, four-star restaurant, casual bar and grille, practice facilities and hospitality quarters.

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Solar-hydrogen house to become a consumer reality

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In 2006, Mike Strizki converted his Hopewell, New Jersey home to run exclusively on solar and hydrogen power. As the only house of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, Strizki’s revolutionary home has become an educational center and real-world example of integrating clean energy technology to provide the power needs for the typical American household. It has hosted students, professionals, government officials and foreign dignitaries alike, all of whom were looking to learn from Strizki’s research and system development.

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