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Part 2: With SMA, Users Stay One Step Ahead in the Integration of PV Plants

In part one of our series, we described the challenges that arise with the growth and increased penetration of distributed energy systems. A viable approach to overcome these challenges is to improve the operation characteristics of the inverters.

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With SMA, Users Stay One Step Ahead in the Integration of PV Plants

Over the last few years, distributed generation systems, such as PV, have grown rapidly throughout the country. Every day there are more and more systems integrated to the grid. However, with the growth and increased penetration of distributed energy systems (DERs), new challenges arise. This three part series will look at the best solutions to overcome these challenges. 

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SMA to Host Utility-Scale Storage & PV Forum in Las Vegas

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On Tuesday, September 12, SMA will host a special event for solar professionals focused on utility-scale solar and storage.

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SMA to Host Utility-Scale Storage & PV Forum With Siemens Energy Management

On Wednesday, July 12, SMA will host a special event for solar professionals, particularly those focused on utility-scale solar and storage.

The Utility-scale Storage & PV Forum will highlight cutting-edge solutions for utility-scale projects, and will address use cases for storage as well as challenges and solutions for high-penetration PV networks. The program will include a wide-range of expertise presented from SMA and special guest Siemens Energy Management Solutions.

At the forum, attendees will also learn more about SMA’s new large-scale storage solution, the Sunny Central Storage 2500-EV-US. The Sunny Central Storage 2500-EV-US is SMA’s power conversion system for large-scale battery storage systems. These systems enable the integration of large amounts of intermittent renewable energy into the utility grid while maintaining grid stability. Sunny Central Storage is compatible with different types of leading battery technologies.

The event will take place at the Hotel Zetta in San Francisco from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In addition to educational sessions, the event will provide valuable industry networking. Seats are limited, and early registration is encouraged. We hope to see you there!

SMA’s large-scale storage solution: Sunny Central Storage 2500-EV-US

SMA’s large-scale storage solution: Sunny Central Storage 2500-EV-US

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Real-World Follow-Up: Sunworks Utilizes Sunny Boy-US for Easy Installation

Our most recent Tech Tip illustrated how quick and easy it is to install the new Sunny Boy-US inverter and here is real-world proof. Check out this video of Sunworks installing a Sunny Boy-US residential system in no time at all, from racking to inverter connection.

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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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Tech Tip: Sunny Island Battery Commissioning

Commissioning a new lithium-ion battery within a Sunny Island system takes only minutes. In this Tech Tip video, the SMA Solar Academy demonstrates the simple commissioning procedure for a Sunny Island system with a battery that uses an external battery management system, or BMS.

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Let us help you: Using homeowner collateral to supercharge your sales package

You’re on the way to pitch a potential customer on the benefits and value of installing solar on their home. Great! Like SMA, most component manufacturers have likely sent you varying homeowner leave behind materials to, well, leave behind with the homeowner after your meeting.

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SMA’s Rapid Shutdown System makes for complete Sunny Boy solution

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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.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Oversize Your PV Array

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Oversizing a PV array, also referred to as undersizing a PV inverter, involves installing a PV array with a rated DC power (measured @ Standard Test Conditions) which is larger than an inverter’s rated AC output power (i.e. DC @ STC > AC). It can be a valuable tool for system designers seeking to deliver a maximum amount of energy at a lowest possible specific cost. Reasons for over-sizing PV arrays and important factors to consider are summarized below.

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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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Smaller, lighter and better than before—the redesigned ReadyRack™

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.

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