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Tech Tip: Changing Grid Parameters

With Sunny Explorer, changing grid parameters to meet unique utility requirements is fast and easy. This Tech Tip video expands upon the Sunny Explorer basic overview by focusing on how this free software can be used to adjust the voltage and frequency windows of the inverter in order to keep the PV system evolving with the ever-changing grid.

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Tech Tip: Sunny Explorer Basic Overview

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.

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How to explain Secure Power Supply to homeowners

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.

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Tech Tip: Internet Connectivity with Webconnect

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.

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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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Introducing Alex: The Solar Academy’s newest technical trainer

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.

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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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SMA Service catapults in GTM Research report

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.

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Solar Decathlon-winning home integrates Secure Power Supply for standby needs

Steven's Institute wins Solar Decathlon

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,

Sunny Boy TL-US by Steven's Institute

Sunny Boy TL-US inverters share a utility room with the solar hot water systems inside the SURE HOUSE.

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.

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The next generation of Sunny Boy – the 5.0-US/6.0-US

SMA’s iconic line of Sunny Boy inverters has undergone a complete redesign of its popular models with Secure Power Supply. Ready to once again take over the North American residential PV market, the UL-listed Sunny Boy 5.0-US/6.0-US offers an increasingly robust feature set, allowing for reduced costs across all business operations and backed by the industry’s top-ranked service team.

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Three cheers for the Sunny Tripower

Part 3: More Profit

A well-designed solar system can show its value the moment the breakers are flipped. The Sunny Tripower TL-US inverters have been installed and the system is producing power, but solar systems are long-term investments that require consistent monitoring and maintenance. Only the best solar systems continue to show that value 10 years later and beyond.

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Three cheers for the Sunny Tripower

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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.

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