Solar Spotlight: Sustainability is at the CORE of Spraying Systems’ Values and Business Strategies

From on 05/22/2019 in Category Solar Spotlight with 6 Comments

GRNE Solar recently installed a new solar system powered by SMA Sunny Tripower CORE1 inverters and monitored with the SMA Data Manager M at the headquarters of Spraying Systems, a spray technology company in Illinois.

Solar system featuring SMA Sunny Tripower CORE1 inverters at Spraying Systems

The Spraying Systems team works closely with customers to identify and capitalize on opportunities to improve the sustainability of their spraying applications. In doing so, customers minimize their environmental impact and exposure to adverse health effects while reducing raw material waste, energy consumption and pollution.

However, Spraying Systems’ operations also reflect their sustainability focus. In addition to helping customers operate more sustainably, Spraying Systems is dedicated to environmentally friendly, safe manufacturing practices in its facilities.

Their initiatives include:

  • Water reuse in R&D processes
  • Recycling brass, steel, aluminum, plastic and paper
  • Composting in their cafeteria
  • Natural gas conservation through HVAC equipment and building upgrades
  • Reducing electricity use for lighting through fixture and ballast upgrades

The most recent effort towards achieving the company’s environmental goals is a 433.55 kWp rooftop solar system consisting of 1,334 Yingli Solar panels powered by seven SMA Sunny Tripower CORE1 units. GRNE Solar also incorporated an SMA Data Manager M for monitoring and control.

The Sunny Tripower CORE1 is the world’s first freestanding string inverter for decentralized rooftop and ground-based PV systems as well as covered parking spaces. The groundbreaking new design allows reductions in installation time of up to 60% and simultaneously lowers the total cost of ownership (OPEX).  It also enables the over-dimensioning of a PV array up to 150 percent. This system has a 1.23 DC/AC ratio. With the CORE1 it can reach up to 1.5.

The Data Manager M and the new Sunny Portal powered by ennexOS are perfectly coordinated with each other making it easier to monitor, analyze, parameterize and manage PV systems.

“We like the plug-and-play wiring functionality as well as the free-standing feet option for flat roof assemblies. We also like the ease of implementation and total control with the Data Manager M,” said GRNE Solar Design Engineer Travis Kepler.

The array, commissioned in April 2019, is a pilot project as Spraying Systems is evaluating a potential large-scale deployment in the future.

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Alexandra is a marketing program manager for SMA America. She manages the company’s social media channels, contributes to digital marketing strategies, manages video production efforts and helps develop Spanish-language content.


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    isaac liggett

    06/01/2019 at 7:33 am

    How can I mount these inverters on carports I beams

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      06/03/2019 at 2:49 pm

      Isaac – SMA does not sell an I-beam mount for the CORE1. The manufacturer of the I beam may have suggestions for attaching a support to their equipment. There are threaded screw holes on the bottom of the CORE1 that can be used to securely attach it to a support also attached to the I beam at the correct height. Keep in mind the weight of the inverter which is 185 lbs. The layout and spacing of the mounting holes on the bottom of the inverter body are shown on page 21 of the Installation Manual here: ( Please note that these threaded screw holes have a usable depth of between 14mm and 17mm. It is recommended to ensure that there is good airflow up the center core of the inverter. Note also the clearance recommendations on page 23 of the manual. Picture for reference:

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    Fernando Pumarejo-Sproesser

    06/09/2019 at 7:17 pm


    Does SMA have a preference for the installation of the CORE 1 on the roof or is it ok to install them on the ground next to the building?

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      06/11/2019 at 8:44 am

      Fernando, as long as you are respecting the installation requirements and clearance guidelines from Section 5 of the installation manual, SMA does not care where the inverter is mounted.

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    John Palm

    07/03/2019 at 9:55 am

    I need to use Rapid Shutdown with the CORE 1 because the subarrays are separated by more than 10′. Do the SMA RPS units work with the CORE 1? If not, which Rapid Shutdown manufacturers does SMA recommend? Thanks, John

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