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Sunny Portal Registration for Sunny Boy US With Webconnect: Entering Plant Specifics & Linking Power+ Solution Components

In the first installment of our three-part Sunny Boy US Sunny Portal Registration series, we covered the first three steps to register the Sunny Boy US using the Plant Setup Assistant tab on the Sunny Portal homepage.

 

After you’ve entered the PIC and RID codes from the side of the connection unit and the inverter(s) have been identified by Sunny Portal, you’re ready to move on. Steps 4 to 6 in the registration process are not needed and are automatically skipped. 

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In Step 7, at the bottom of the screen shown in Figure 1, it is now possible to link Power+ Solution components so the Sunny Portal plant can display module level data.  If you are linking a plant from Tigo’s portal to the Sunny Portal plant, click “here” in the Tigo components section.  You will be asked to enter your Login ID and Password for the Tigo portal.  Once you have entered this information, you will see a list of all systems associated with that account.  Choose the correct system.  If there is only one active plant it will be linked automatically.  The System ID and number of TS4 components will be shown in the Tigo components section.  In addition, the address and time zone fields will be populated automatically.

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If there are no Power+ Solution components in the system, fill in the address and time zone fields.

Figure 1: Enter remaining plant data and click Next

Figure 1: Enter remaining plant data and click Next

 

Select the checkbox for Automatic updates (it can be turned off once the plant is created), and if using Sunny Places, enter the email for the user.  Note that this email will be added to this Sunny Portal plant with User (Standard) access.

Finally, enter Specific Annual Yield which can be found from a design program like Sunny Design.  Once a design is completed, the Overview tab will show Specific energy yield as shown in Figure 2. For that specific design, the value is 1702 kWh/kWp.  This value will be used by Sunny Portal to benchmark the system’s performance against the expected yield.

 

Figure 2. An example with Sunny Design showing Specific Yield

 

Once all the required values are entered, click on Next to review the settings in Step 8 as shown in Figure 6, and click Finish to configure the system in Sunny Portal.

Figure 3: Ensure the information is correct and click Finish

Figure 3: Ensure the information is correct and click Finish

 

This process may take a few minutes, and the process will be displayed as shown in Figures 4a and 4b.  When completed, a screen like that shown in Figure 5 will be displayed.

 

Figure 4a. Configuration begins for PV system

 

Figure 4b. Configuration complete for PV system

Figure 4b. Configuration complete for PV system

 

Figure 5. Successful creation of the PV system

Figure 5. Successful creation of the PV system

 

Click on the To the PV System button to view the newly created plant in Sunny Portal.

In the next installment of our three-part Sunny Boy US Sunny Portal Registration series, we’ll go over how to personalize the plant in Sunny Portal.

Looking for an additional resource? Watch our Tech Tip video on Registering a Webconnect System in Sunny Portal.

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Sunny Portal Registration for Sunny Boy US With Webconnect: Creating a PV System

Our newest Sunny Boy inverters are equipped with Webconnect/Speedwire functionality.  When registering a plant in Sunny Portal using Webconnect, the process is the same as the previous generation of Sunny Boy string inverters.  Registration is very straightforward – use the Plant Setup Assistant tab on the Sunny Portal homepage (www.sunnyportal.com) – see Figure 1.  Make sure you have the PIC and RID codes from the inverter – they are printed on the side of the connection unit.

Figure 1. Sunny Portal homepage – Plant Setup Assistant tab

 

Click Next on the first page, then on Step 1 of the Setup Assistant, enter user name/ password if you already have an account on Sunny Portal or create a new account – see Figure 2. It is recommended that you use a generic company email for all your plants such as monitoring@installer.com so that the account is not tied to a specific employee’s email address.

 

Figure 2. Create an account or enter account information for Sunny Portal

Figure 2. Create an account or enter account information for Sunny Portal

 

Create a new PV system name and a password for the plant in Step 2, then select Next – see Figure 3. Note that if the Sunny Boy inverter was configured using the built-in user interface during commissioning, then the password entered in this step must match the Installer password selected during that process. If the passwords do not match, then Sunny Portal will not be allowed to access the inverter data. Conversely, if no password was selected during commissioning, the password chosen in this step will now become the installer-level password for the user interface of the plant.

 

Figure 3. Enter System Name and Password.

 

In Step 3, enter the PIC and RID codes from the side of the connection unit and select Identify – see Figure 4 for an example of what is shown after the inverter is successfully identified by Sunny Portal. Enter additional PIC and RID codes for more inverters or click Next to continue to Step 4. Note that the maximum number of inverters per Webconnect PV plant is four.

 

Figure 4. Enter PIC and RID codes then select “Identify”

Figure 4. Enter PIC and RID codes then select “Identify”

 

In the next installment of our three-part Sunny Boy US Sunny Portal Registration series, we’ll go over how to enter the plant specifics and make sure your Power+ Solution components are incorporated correctly.

Looking for an additional resource? Watch our Tech Tip video on Registering a Webconnect System in Sunny Portal.

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Tech Tip (Spanish): Sunny Boy 5.0/6.0-US Secure Power Supply Installation

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!

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Tech Tip: (Spanish Version) Installing the Sunny Boy 1.5/2.5

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!

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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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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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Think you know the Sunny Boy TL-US? Think again

The Sunny Boy TL-US with Secure Power Supply forever changed how the residential solar market looks at string inverters. This agile, flexible and increasingly powerful device does more than any other residential inverter.

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Big-time solar in Big Sky, Montana

SMA Solar Spotlight - OnSite Power

Mere weeks before the winter solstice, OnSite Energy of Bozeman, Montana flipped the switch on its latest installation. The 8.1 kW solar system came to life and, with it, an excited customer joyously waiting for the long days of summer.

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Challenge Accepted: Limited roof space trumped by the desire for solar

There is no lack on sunshine in Chandler, Arizona. Residents of this Phoenix suburb enjoy 211 days of sunshine annually with an additional 85 days of partial sun—perfect for solar power. But a residential PV system needs more than just abundant sunshine to be a wise choice. It also needs a willing partner – a roof capable of handling the added demands of a solar power system. This was the challenge faced by Jeff Spies, Senior Director of Business Development for Quick Mount PV when he made the decision to install a 4.7 kW system on his home.

Raising the roof
Flashed Quick Hooks for tile roofs are nearly hidden and provide reliable 30 year waterproofing and robust mounting to the roof.

Flashed Quick Hooks for tile roofs are nearly hidden and provide reliable 30 year waterproofing and robust mounting to the roof.

Before a single module was installed, Spies knew the condition of his roof wouldn’t last the 30 years he expects of his PV system. Fortunately, American Solar is licensed for both solar and roof work and was ready for the job.

The tile roof’s 16-year-old deteriorated felt underlayment was upgraded to #90 mineral surface roofing underlayment and drain-through battens replaced original wood battens to maximize rainwater drainage. Plumbing and gas vent stacks were also removed or relocated to make room for the array.

The finished appearance of the first story array is very attractive—no visible flashing.

Mounting and positioning

Once the roof was deemed solar-ready, installers used Quick Mount PV’s flashed Quick Hook and Ironrdige standard rail. This configuration fully conceals the roof flashing to maximize the array’s appearance.

Serious consideration was also given to the array’s orientations. With no true-south facing roof area, the system was designed using two separate strings of LG 260W Mono X Series modules, 18 total, on different rooflines, taking advantage of the dual channel inputs and MPP tracking on the Sunny Boy 4000TL-US. By positioning one string southeast (3.1kW) and one southwest (1.6 kW), power production and roof space were both maximized.

Secure Power Supply

No one wants to gamble on a grid failure, especially on a hot Arizonan summer day. But if it happens, Spies knows he has a game plan. The TL-US series’ Secure Power Supply is a switched outlet that provides up to 1,500W of standby power should the grid go down during daylight hours.

American Solar's Will Herndon and Jeremy Lippens after routing the secure power supply outlet inside the home.

American Solar’s Will Herndon and Jeremy Lippens after routing the secure power supply outlet inside the home.

“The SPS outlet is wired inside my house and stays hidden when I don’t need it,” said Spies. “But it provides peace of mind knowing that when we have a power failure, I’ve got standby power to keep my fridge cold and my phone charged so my family and I can stay in touch.”

Long-term planning is an integral part of a PV system’s design. From roof repairs and weatherization to Secure Power Supply to help mitigate downtime from grid outages, thorough planning can make or break a PV system’s effectiveness. Good planning means this house is ready to handle whatever the conditions throw at it.

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