Guest Post: Brian Fortman, Texas Instruments
Guest Post: Brian Fortman, Texas Instruments
You have decided to go solar. Great! Now you might be asking yourself; what are the components of a solar system? What does an inverter do? Why is it important? Which one is right for me? These are common questions and at SMA, we have the answers.
CA Rule 21 Phase1 new requirements will include a Reactive Power Priority setting starting Thursday, July 26. UL has certified SMA inverters as compliant with this new regulation.
SMA’s New Speed of Solar Tour has concluded with great success, thanks to our gracious Authorized Distributor hosts and your participation! SMA’s road weary Solar Academy trainers visited 18 cities throughout the United States and Canada providing free technical training on the new and improved Power+ Solution, which now features fewer components and even simpler commissioning.
Experience the New and Improved Power+ Solution at a stop near you!
What to do if a tree, chimney or even a neighboring house casts its shadow on the PV system? This video shows how you can get the highest possible energy yields from the modules with the TS4-R-O module optimizer, even in shade.
The SMA Power+ Solution combines legendary SMA inverter performance and intelligent DC module-level electronics in one cost-effective, comprehensive package. With the Power+ Solution, you can save significantly on installation costs and maximize solar power production for your customers.
Many of our installation partners and Authorized Distributors are excited about the game-changing Power+ Solution. Hopefully, many of you have even received some training via a Solar Academy webinar, or have watched our tech tips on how to install it.
But how do you explain the benefits of the Power+ Solution to homeowners who may not immediately understand it – or perhaps aren’t even sure what an inverter does? Rather than focusing on technical information, here are a few tips that may help you explain why SMA’s Power+ Solution is the best choice for residential PV systems.
Each of these is highlighted in our special brochure just for homeowners. This is a great tool for you to use when you are talking to homeowners about their residential PV project. To access the brochure, simply click here or scroll down to the bottom of the Power+ Solution page. There, you’ll see a red icon labeled with Download the Power+ Solution brochure for homeowners.
We encourage you to browse our website for additional resources as well, and come back to our blog regularly for more helpful tips and tools.
SMA is now taking orders for its new, game-changing Power+ Solution to optimize residential systems. Combining the proven Sunny Boy US inverter with the TS4-R Module Level Power Electronics (MLPE), the new SMA solution cost-effectively optimizes residential PV systems and ensures higher energy yields.
The Power+ Solution will redefine what it means to optimize a residential PV system using MLPE. SMA’s MLPE solution can be applied per module for operational simplicity or selectively for faster installation.
Every PV project has its own unique challenges and objectives, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution in today’s solar landscape. The Power+ Solution enables integrators to apply the technology in a way that optimizes ROI for their individual business model.
The TS4-R module components of the SMA Power+ Solution can be used like traditional MLPEs and satisfy all of the challenges that incumbent solutions address. But unlike traditional optimization, which requires MLPEs on every module even when it’s not needed, the Power+ Solution can also be applied selectively. This reduces installation time, service risk, and ultimately cost. Selectively deploying TS4-R can save up to 90 minutes of installation time per residential system while realizing greater energy production and roof usage, and providing a higher ROI.
Selective deployment is also ideal when it comes to service and O&M. Fewer components mean fewer potential points of failure and less risk, and when service is required, it is simpler.
For integrators opting for full deployment, installation can still achieve significant time-saving.
The module-based DC technology is supplied by the universal TS4 platform, which offers various levels of plug-and-play functionality. The TS4 is available as a factory integrated component through leading module suppliers. It is also available as an add-on, retrofit option exclusively through SMA, and makes any system instantly smarter and more powerful. Benefits of the TS4 line include module-level monitoring, shutdown code compliance, shade mitigation and increased string lengths.
The TS4 has been engineered to work seamlessly with the Sunny Boy US inverter, which is the fastest PV inverter to install. This allows installers and distributors to realize additional cost savings by reducing the total number of products they must carry. Now, integrators can carry one line of inverters for MLPE and non-MLPE applications, which reduces warehouse space while also improving flexibility when installation requirements change at the last minute.
For data monitoring, module-level diagnostics can be viewed through Sunny Portal – the world’s largest monitoring repository for PV systems.
Check out our latest Tech Tip to learn how to properly install SMA’s Rapid Shutdown System.
Why choose SMA’s Rapid Shutdown System? First of all, it’s the most cost-effective way to comply with 2014 NEC 690.12 for states that have adopted 2014 NEC or will be adopting it soon. It will also ensure compliance in those states that have adopted 2017 NEC, until the 2019 80-volt limit goes into effect.
Another major reason to select SMA’s Rapid Shutdown System is that it is compatible with our Secure Power Supply functionality for residential string inverters in case of grid outages – whereas other rapid shutdown systems would eliminate such functionality.
Finally, our Rapid Shutdown System is fast to install. It also fits underneath a module, so you won’t need to extend racking to accommodate it.
Watch the video to learn more!
Check out our latest video in which technical training specialist Alejandro Avellaneda shows how to install Secure Power Supply with the newest Sunny Boy 5.0/6.0-US. Installing SPS with these inverters will ensure that grid-tied systems have daytime power in the event of a grid outage. Be sure to check back regularly for more Spanish language tech tips and blog posts – we will offer more content in Spanish in the coming weeks and months!
In our latest tech tip video, technical training specialist Alejandro Avellaneda demonstrates the simple step-by-step installation of the new Sunny Boy 1.5/2.5 solar inverter, which is an ideal and simple solution for small residential PV systems. Be sure to check back regularly for more Spanish language tech tips and blog posts – we will offer more content in Spanish in the coming weeks and months!