Over the last few years, distributed generation systems, such as PV, have grown rapidly throughout the country. Every day there are more and more systems integrated to the grid. However, with the growth and increased penetration of distributed energy systems (DERs), new challenges arise. This three part series will look at the best solutions to overcome these challenges.
On November 14 and 15, SMA’s technical trainers will be holding a two-day, hands-on commercial inverter training at the SMA Solar Academy in Northern California.
After suffering from a hurricane, a significant part of Aura Solar I – Mexico’s largest solar plant – was out of commission. When the time came to rebuild a 3 MW section of the project that had been destroyed, Mexico’s largest developer Gauss Energía selected SMA inverters citing reliability and efficiency.
The project rebuild uses 50 Sunny Tripowers which will be responsible for producing energy for 10 percent of the total Aura Solar I project.
The Aura Solar I plant is self-sustainable, and unlike most other solar plants of this size around the globe, it operates without any subsidies from public or private agencies. The facility has also led the way for environmental sustainability in the region, substantially reducing the consumption of fossil fuels.
SMA America is proud to be part of this important rebuild! Head over to our newsroom to see what representatives from SMA America and Gauss Energía had to say about the project.
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.
Sunvalley Solar recently completed a 2.2 MW solar project on Wreden Ranch, a dairy farm located south of Fresno in Hanford, California. A total of 58 SMA Sunny Tripower inverters, together with 6,920 Canadian Solar panels, were deployed on 12 acres of land.
“Reliability is our top concern when choosing parts for agricultural projects. SMA has a reputation for great customer service and reliable products,” said Mehmet Cercioglu, general manager of Sunvalley Solar.
The system uses the Sunny Tripower 30000TL-US, the ideal inverter for designing a system with power, efficiency and flexibility.
This installation is an addition to a 1.1 MW project that was commissioned on Wreden Ranch in 2015. In total, the 3.3 MW solar array is the largest, privately-owned PV system on a California dairy farm.
The solar energy provided from the system will offset around 85% of the farm’s electricity consumption.
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the state of Georgia has major potential when it comes to solar power. Georgia currently has 495 MW of solar energy installed, and recently, Radiance Solar added 1.25 MW of additional solar power to that total for a Georgia Power solar research project being hosted at the University of Georgia.
Radiance Solar’s design for the project was built around Georgia’s unique climate and energy needs. It includes Sunny Tripowers, SMA’s reliable, high-performing commercial solution.
“When we began this project, we knew that SMA inverters were easy to design with and would produce significant power,” said James Marlow, CEO and co-founder of Radiance Solar. “Sunny Tripowers are reliable, and we know we can count on the support of SMA Service to keep this project running smoothly.”
This new research site at the university will serve as a real-life classroom, providing project partners with a place to study solar performance and better understand how to bring more solar power to Georgia.
SMA is proud to be part of this great effort.
Photos courtesy of Radiance Solar