From the inspiring opening statements by California Governor Jerry Brown to an intense CEO panel discussion, Intersolar North America was an event to remember! SMA America was in full force this year from its booth bursting with new products and services to exclusive sponsorship of the terrace at Solar Summerfest to SMA’s The Voltaics rocking out at the Solar Battle of the Bands.
During Intersolar North America’s keynote address, Gov. Brown urged attendees to continue pushing the message of solar, the benefits of clean renewable energy and environmental responsibility.
“We are fighting our own life support system…. It is a calling to wake people up, to make the progressive steps that are crucial to make sure that we keep going. I guarantee that we are going to get there, because I am going to move aside all obstacles. Whoever and whatever they are, get out of the way! The sun is shining brightly in the State of California.” –Gov. Brown
Storage Technology Advancement
One of the key points in Governor Brown’s address was the need for advancement in storage technology and the ability to harness the power of the sun for use 24 hours a day. This topic was highlighted during a packed panel discussion on Monday.
There was standing room only at the Energy Storage: Innovative Technologies panel, including speaker Bates Marshall, vice president of medium power solutions at SMA America, as they discussed the future of energy consumption and intelligent energy management. The SMA Smart Home concept was applauded as an answer to the goal of an “energy transition.” The Smart Home functions as “intelligence,” managing automatic load controls during peak production hours, and temporary storage of PV electricity allowing for greater grid independence for the homeowner.
New Products, Now Available in the U.S.
On the second floor of the Moscone Convention Center, the SMA America booth was packed with eager attendees learning about the latest SMA technology. The highly anticipated Sunny Boy 240-US and Multigate, Sunny Boy 3000TL-US/4000TL-US/5000TL-US and Sunny Tripower TL-US were all on display and delivering the message “now available.” For the first time in SMA America’s history, every product on display at Intersolar North America was available to order!
“We were overwhelmed by the interest and positive feedback from attendees of this year’s show,” said Henry Dziuba, president and general manager of SMA America and president of SMA Canada. “At the SMA booth, attendees were able to view products and services for nearly every system size, all of which can be integrated into solar plants immediately.”
A model of the new Compact Medium-Voltage Power Platform was on display in front of a life-size graphic of a Sunny Central CP-US inverter. New power plant solutions service offerings were presented, highlighting SMA’s exclusive Grid Emulation™ service, new extended warranty program and O&M services.
Walking the show floor, it was hard to ignore the presence of SMA products displayed prominently throughout SMA’s Authorized Distributor booths. The important partnership between SMA and its authorized distributors was a contributing factor to the enormous success of the show!
Solar Summerfest and Solar Battle of the Bands
After a day full of panel discussions, walking the exhibit floor and learning about new products and services, Solar Summerfest guests were greeted by surfers handing out SMA’s famous white sunglasses. Guests soaked in the breathtaking view of downtown San Francisco, and a variety of delicious appetizers and ice-cold beverages.
At the 3rd Annual Solar Battle of the Bands, Inovateus Solar’s Rev. Ray & the Everlasting Incentives, SolarCity’s The Soul Metrics, Sungevity’s The Killa Watts and Zep Solar’s Zep, The Band, rocked out alongside SMA’s The Volatics. All five bands brought a different component to the solar battle, but Sungevity’s The Killa Watts and their blues sound were clearly the crowd favorite, taking home the coveted title as this year’s winner.
Until Next Year!
Intersolar North America was a tremendous success and SMA is already looking forward to next year’s event! Stay tuned for a video and more highlights from the show.
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