With a Speedwire-enabled inverter from SMA, all you need for access to key PV plant data is to connect an Ethernet cable from your computer to the inverter and start Sunny Explorer. In this Tech Tip video, the Solar Academy walks you through a basic overview of Sunny Explorer, including how to use this free software for fast and efficient system commissioning and parameter changes.
SMA’s Secure Power Supply does something that no other grid-tied solar inverter without added storage can: provide power during a grid outage. Solar professionals have been talking about this amazing feature since its inception with the Sunny Boy TL-US and our data shows consumers love it. Now with even more power in the all-new Sunny Boy-US, it’s important to make sure you truly understand how to convey the benefits of this groundbreaking feature so that you can better differentiate your SMA proposal from your non-SMA competition.
Checking to make sure a customer’s inverter is receiving a good Internet connection will find and resolve the majority of communication-related service calls. The Solar Academy’s Mike Mahon demonstrates the diagnostic process with key things to look for in determining if the Internet connection is getting lost before it reaches a Sunny Boy.
The SMA Solar Academy welcomes Alex, fully Alejandro Avellaneda, to the team! As a technical trainer with the Solar Academy, Alex will conduct seminars and webinars, in both English and Spanish, about SMA products, code compliance and installation best practices. Alex holds nearly a decade of experience in the energy industry, most recently a regional trainer and instructor for mechanized rig equipment commissioning, operation and maintenance in the oil and gas sector.
SMA’s highly anticipated Rapid Shutdown System is now available and ready for pairing with the latest Sunny Boy-US and TL-US inverter families. Engineered for use with SMA’s inverter lines featuring Secure Power Supply, this simple, reliable and cost-effective solution achieves all requirements for 2014 NEC 690.12 rapid shutdown.
For the second year in a row, I’ve had the notable privilege to speak at Solar Asset Management North America—the most distinct conference for the solar service industry. Like last year, SMA sponsored the event and I was allowed the pleasure to be onstage with some very distinguished colleagues to discuss the key topic of understanding, controlling and driving down the true cost of O&M and Asset Management.
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.
SMA’s ReadyRack™ forever changed commercial rooftops by creating an all-in-one inverter, rack and disconnect solution for immediate rooftop placement and system connection. Now in its second generation, the improved ReadyRack features a smaller footprint, lighter per-unit weight, and reduced cost, making it an even more versatile solution for today’s crowded commercial rooftops.
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.
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,
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.
Part 2: More Flexibility
Flexibility from a metal box of high-tech electronics is hard to accomplish. However, solar engineers are able to achieve never-before-seen flexibility when working with the Sunny Tripower TL-US, easily the most versatile three-phase string inverter on today’s market.
The Sunny Tripower TL-US series is adding a 30 kilowatt model to its line of proven three-phase string inverters. This latest cost-optimized solution continues to strengthen SMA’s commercial product portfolio. The Sunny Tripower 30000TL-US is an ideal choice for decentralized PV systems of all scales.