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SMA Inverters Help California Farm to Save on Costly Irrigation

The UL-certified Sunny Tripower TL-US

R.A. Sano Farms, located in the heart of California’s Central Valley, is a large farm that grows tomatoes and a variety of other row crops.

Farm owner Alan Sano has always faced a challenge because tomatoes require large amounts of watering, and in a place where surface water is limited, he had to use groundwater from wells on the farm to irrigate his crops. This is extremely costly because pumping from wells requires a great deal of electricity.

To offset those costs, Sano turned to JKB Energy, a tried-and-true expert for agricultural and commercial projects, to install two 750 kW fixed ground-mount systems for his irrigation wells. JKB used two different sites to take advantage of existing utility transformers and install the maximum solar capacity on each one – thus avoiding significant upgrade costs for Sano’s farm.

Both sites combine for a 1,500 kW system that saves R.A. Sano Farms nearly $361,000 per year. The system will also offset more than 93 million pounds of CO2 over the next 25 years.

JKB Energy used 28 SMA Sunny Tripower inverters for the system, which are the ideal inverters for flexible, efficient installations.

“We value long-term business relationships and reliable products. SMA is the clear industry leader on both of these points, and they’ve been a terrific partner over the years. They have the history and reputation to back up their product claims and services,” said Chad Cummings, Director of Sales & Marketing for JKB Energy.

JKB Energy has been a long-valued partner to SMA, incorporating effective designs using the Sunny Tripower line of inverters for agriculture-related installations.

We are glad that SMA inverters are helping R.A. Sano Farms save on its electricity bills and focus more on farming.

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Installers: Sunny Boy-US string sizing tool now available

SMA Quick Design Reference Tool

Designing systems with the new Sunny Boy-US just got easier and faster courtesy of the Quick Design Reference Tool. Simply input basic module criteria along with a few key system details to determine string design and inverter selection recommendations in a simple, easy-to-use and printable format.

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Sneak Peek: SMA to showcase never-before-seen PV solutions at SPI 2016

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SMA is working hard to put the finishing touches on what is sure to be our most exciting exhibit to date at this year’s Solar Power International show in Las Vegas, September 12-15. Our Powerful Partners booth (#959) will showcase game-changing residential and commercial solutions and strategic partnerships that were developed with the North American market in mind, making it easier for our customers to do business while reducing their costs. That includes our newest inverters and O&M offerings, all of which will be on display for the first time in the U.S.

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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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Tech Tip: Installing the Sunny Boy 5.0-US/6.0-US

The newest member of the Sunny Boy family is also the easiest to install. Watch as the SMA Solar Academy’s Mike Mahon walks you through the installation procedure for this next-generation, transformerless residential inverter, from mounting to wiring.

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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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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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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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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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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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Tech Tip: Sunny Island firmware update

Performing firmware updates on systems with single or multiple Sunny Islands is a simple process as shown by the Solar Academy in this Tech Tip video. Want to install lithium ion batteries in a Sunny Island system? Follow these steps to perform the needed firmware update before commissioning.

Have a question for the Solar Academy trainers? Send it to SocialMedia@SMA-America.com and we might just answer your question in our next Tech Tip!

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