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In the second installment of our three-part Sunny Boy US Sunny Portal Registration series, we covered the final step to register the Sunny Boy US using the Plant Setup Assistant tab on the Sunny Portal homepage and now the plant can be viewed and customized.
Once To the PV System is clicked, the new plant will be displayed in Sunny Portal. The PV System Overview page is the default landing page, and shows a dashboard view above a production curve for the system. If this is a Power+ system, the lower part of this screen will show module level information.
Click on the To the PV System button to view the plant in Sunny Portal as shown in Figure 1.
The seven standard pages listed on the left under the plant name are created by default and are viewable by all users of the plant. The Configuration tab below it is only available to Installer or Administrator level users of the plant. Three of these pages are commonly used: PV System Properties, Report Configuration and User Management.
User Management is only accessible to Administrator level users, and is used to add or delete users from the plant. Figure 2a and 2b show the details of adding a user; Click on Add User and enter the email for the user and select the appropriate access level. The differences between these levels are explained in Version 1.3 of the Webconnect Plants in Sunny Portal – User Manual. This manual can be accessed via the User Manual link at the bottom of the screen.
Report Configuration allows the activation of up to three Daily Info, Monthly Info and Event Reports. Any of these reports can be sent to multiple emails, and can be tailored for what information they contain and when they are sent. Click Edit to adjust active reports or to activate additional reports.
The PV System Properties page allows for adjustment of the plant name, changing the plant password (remember this changes the on-site Installer password too!), and where an image for the plant can be loaded. Click Edit to make changes or load an image. Maximum size is 500kB and can be JPG, GIF or PNG. The new plant image is shown on the PV System Profile page.
Pages from the Webconnect plant can be made public on Sunny Portal or embedded in other webpages. To enable this, click on the Configuration button at the bottom of the page to expand the window as shown in Figure 4 for the PV System Profile window.
Clicking the box to the right of Approval will allow anyone to find this page when searching on Publicly Available Plants in Sunny Portal. Only those pages that are released will be viewable. The URL to the right of URL of the Page is a link that can be placed in the HTTP code of another webpage to allow viewing of only the contents of the pane of that Sunny Portal window. The plant page list to the left and the Configuration buttons are not viewable. This function allows for easy embedding of Sunny Portal data so it can be viewed by a large number of people without them being added to the Sunny Portal plant directly, or making any pages publicly viewable.
While we have shown Sunny Portal as it appears on a computer, there are apps for Sunny Portal for iOS and Android operating systems to allow for easy access to Sunny Portal information while on the go.
SMA inverters with Webconnect technology and Sunny Portal allow for easy viewing of PV system data as well as remote monitoring of the status of the plant. No wonder it is the largest PV monitoring site in the world (according to “Global PV Monitoring 2016–2020: Markets, Trends and Leading Players”, GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting).
What if an inverter was smart enough to monitor its own vitals, know when something irregular might be happening and call for help all on its own? Now our Sunny Boy-US residential line of inverters can, reducing service costs for installers while improving security for system owners.
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.
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.
Sunny Boy Only
If there are no Power+ Solution components in the system, fill in the address and time zone fields.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so that the account is not tied to a specific employee’s email address.
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.
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.
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.
Sunny Portal offers PV system operators and installers the ability to monitor their systems online and is an essential component in intelligent energy management. Over 200,000 PV systems and over 400,000 users are already registered in Sunny Portal. Read about the advantages of Sunny Portal here.
SMA’s Sunny Portal has reached a milestone achievement of 100 terawatt hours (TWh) of solar energy monitoring and 150,000 systems monitored. This achievement, which affirms Sunny Portal’s status as a leading Web-based PV monitoring platform, is the equivalent of avoiding more than 70 million tons of carbon dioxide from entering Earth’s atmosphere.
SMA’s Sunny Portal is the free monitoring headquarters for solar systems ranging from small-scale residential to a large-scale solar parks.
In this Tech Tip, Nick Borrowiec of SMA’s Service Department provides an overview of setting up and taking advantage of Sunny Portal’s key features like remote monitoring, email alerts and energy production reports.
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SMA has introduced a new method of monitoring PV systems and transmitting data to its free online monitoring tool, Sunny Portal. Webconnect provides easy access to Sunny Portal via existing Internet access and DSL router, without the need for an additional data logger. It is now available as a factory-integrated or retrofit feature for many of SMA’s Sunny Boy inverter models.
Micro inverter enthusiasts, now you can access your PV systems with the largest and most advanced solar monitoring online platform in the world! At the time of this post SMA’s Sunny Portal was monitoring 129,762 PV systems, for a total solar energy production of 66.54 TWh! Here’s a fun way to put that enormous number into perspective, 66.54 TWh, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency is equivalent to:
- Providing power for 2,416,227 average American homes for an entire year
- Removing CO2 emissions from 9,780,687 cars on the road
- Carbon sequestered by 1,203,776,846 tree seedlings grown for 10 years
While others might claim to have the “world’s” most advanced solar monitoring tool, SMA’s numbers speak for themselves.
You’ve asked. We’ve listened. When it comes to system performance, we know how important monitoring is and we also know residential installers have wanted something simple to fulfill this critical need. With that in mind, SMA developed Webconnect as an optional integrated solution for residential PV system operators who want to monitor their inverters and access inverter data online using Sunny Portal. It provides an easy, reliable way to monitor data and performance and doesn’t require any additional devices.
Sunny Boy TL-US Series
Webconnect is currently available as an optional data module with SMA’s newSunny Boy 3000TL-US/4000TL-US/5000TL-US transformerless residential inverters for the North American market.
It used to be that an additional data logger was needed, but today Webconnect is fully functional on its own. Webconnect provides basic access to Sunny Portal, making it possible for operators to monitor PV systems with up to four inverters easily and at minimal cost. Any operation irregularities or interferences will be quickly detected, and an email notification will be sent through the Sunny Portal.
Easy Installation and Commissioning
Once an inverter is connected, Webconnect’s “plug-and-play” feature makes for easy commissioning. Just plug in your existing DSL router, register on Sunny Portal and begin retrieving data.
Direct Data Exchange with Sunny Portal
The direct data transmission from the inverter to the Sunny Portal is one of the greatest advantages of Webconnect. All that is required is an Internet connection and the Webconnect data module. In some cases the Webconnect function is already integrated into the inverter. Once connected, everything is taken care of simply and easily through Sunny Portal. Without any additional configuration, displays customized to household use clearly show how the installation operated over the course of the day.
Access from Anywhere, Anytime
Basic access to the Sunny Portal provides system operators with online access to their installations from anywhere at any time, and a Sunny Portal app is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android phones. SMA’s Webconnect is the ultimate online monitoring option for residential PV systems.