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Tech Tip: Sunny Multigate XT2S

Wiring the Sunny Multigate XT2S or other, larger, Multigate enclosures is fast and efficient for systems using SMA’s Sunny Boy 240-US micro inverters. The Solar Academy’s Mike Mahon demonstrates the steps for connection and features that make this the most reliable and easy-to-install micro inverter solution available today.

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Tech Tip: Sunny Boy TL-US Firmware Update

Like today’s smart phones and computers, occasionally inverters need to perform updates. Sunny Boy TL-US systems with Webconnect technology can be set for automatic or manual updates. The Solar Academy’s Mike Mahon demonstrates the easy steps for manual updates in the Tech Tip video.

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Tech Tip: Sunny Tripower TL-US Reverse Polarity Detector

The Sunny Tripower’s Connection Unit features an easy-to-use reverse polarity detector to ensure each PV string is wired properly. In mere seconds, installers can test and confirm polarity as each string is landed within the DC combiner inputs, making for a safer installation and commissioning process for everyone involved.

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

Sunny Tripower Osceola Energy

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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Tech Tip: Using Sunny Design

Tech Tip: Using Sunny Design

SMA’s system planning software, Sunny Design, is a free design tool for creating systems from the ground up. It’s myriad of options mean nearly any variable is accounted for to ensure the most realistic power estimates and inverter recommendations.  

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Part 5: How does SMA stack up against module-level systems?

The long haul

Perhaps the most concerning aspect of most module-level power electronics is that long-term reliability has not been established—most companies are too young to prove reliability. Without sufficient operating history, Enphase and SolarEdge can’t confirm how their devices will perform over their estimated useful life, leaving O&M a guessing game.

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Part 4: How does the Sunny Boy TL-US stack up against module-level systems?

Time is money

Now that we’ve covered some of the technical differences between module-level power electronics and the Sunny Boy TL-US with Secure Power Supply, it’s time to discuss potential financial implications of choosing Enphase micro inverters or SolarEdge power optimizer systems.

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Part 1: How does the Sunny Boy TL-US stack up against module-level systems?

Sunny Boy TL-US with SPS

Added value and opportunity power

All residential inverters perform a basic function: They convert direct current into alternating current for household use. However, not all of these devices are created equal. This blog series will explore the myths and misconceptions of some of the industry’s other module-level power electronics versus with the SMA Sunny Boy TL-US with Secure Power Supply, the solar industry’s most advanced residential inverter solution.

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Off-grid church ready for Mother Nature’s worst

Sunny Islands at Word of Life Church

Rain or shine, grid or no grid, Mi-Wuk Village’s Word of Life Fellowship church will have power. What started as a way to help the church reduce its electrical bill grew to become a 70.5kW system with off-grid capabilities and battery backup.

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Largest rooftop PV system in Latin America keeps PepsiCo plant fizzing

PepsiCo is one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies, with 22 diverse and beloved brands including Pepsi, Lay’s, Tropicana, Quaker and Gatorade. At PepsiCo’s bottling plant in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, beverage company Embotelladora de Sula, S.A. (EMSULA) utilizes specially designed blowing machines to craft its own bottles, which are filled with some of the world’s most popular carbonated beverages, water, juices and energy drinks.

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Tech Talk: Five tips for AFCI troubleshooting

It’s something installers hate to hear and hate to troubleshoot: the dreaded DC-side arc fault. Rarely in solar can such a small phrase bring so much ambiguity and require so much effort to find and fix. Yet over the course of a career, all solar installers will find themselves searching inside junction boxes, combiners and on top of roofs to find that pesky fault.

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Hawaiian grid requirements explained: interim ride through

Hawaii solar installs ready to resume

It’s a fact: The continued growth of solar in Hawaii depends on inverters with advanced grid stability functionalities. Grid support through these functions, based on real-time grid conditions, will ensure responsible growth as the rate of PV penetration increases across the islands.

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