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

From on 08/04/2016 in Category Technology with 8 Comments

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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    Todd Floyd

    08/21/2016 at 9:40 am

    how do you track the systems output online?

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      Justin Dyke

      08/23/2016 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Todd –

      There are two codes (PIC and RID) printed on the side of each Sunny Boy–US. If the inverter is connected to the internet via wired or WLAN connection, those two codes can be used to register the system on SunnyPortal.com. This free monitoring can be accessed via any computer, tablet or smartphone that can login into the system on Sunny Portal once it is registered. For instruction on registering a system on SunnyPortal.com, please see the Tech Tip video linked here: https://youtu.be/8DShVnMqHUo?list=PL840A5336CAC32332.

      Best,
      Justin

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    Brandi

    10/07/2016 at 12:40 pm

    I really like the sleekness and ease of installation for the Sunny Boy 5.0/6.0-US. Great video for DIY installers, I’ll be sure to share this with people interested in going with SMA.

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    Dakota Potenza

    10/18/2016 at 7:13 am

    Can you speed wire from a webconnect DM in a TL-22 to a 6.0 comm board, then use the WLAN on the 6.0 to connect to the internet to see both inverters on the portal?

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      Justin Dyke

      10/20/2016 at 1:58 pm

      The WLAN of the Sunny Boy 6.0 can only be used to join that specific inverter to an existing wireless network. However, the communications card of the TL-22 and the communications board of the Sunny Boy 6.0 can be connected together with an Ethernet cable to form a speedwire network. This network uses standard Ethernet messaging, so any wireless adapter that can take Ethernet traffic and convert it to wireless and send it to a wireless router will be able to send the speedwire data to Sunny Portal if the router is configured correctly. Please be aware that SMA Service will not help troubleshoot network issues outside of our inverters. If you’d like, we can email you a document with additional information.

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    Tim O

    02/25/2019 at 7:36 am

    I just recently installed the SB. 5.0 US as part of my home system and though I am not a professional found it relatively easy with the help of the manual and the SMA video. My array consists of 12 Canadian Solar 275W panels purchased as a package with the racking and inverter. All 12 are on 1 string. I would have gone larger but the local utility limits size based on previous power consumption. i was a victim of my own energy frugality. I am proceeding to replace all natural gas appliances with electric and plan on expanding the system as soon as I can justify it to the utility. They are in possession of 2 ageing, badly designed nuclear plants that aren’t paid for yet and are not eager to lose my contribution 🙂

    My question concerns the use of the 3 MPPT inputs. Currently, 1 string of 12 panels go into input A. If I understand correctly, I can use any number of panels of any size or brand so long as they are all the same on each individual string and that they do not exceed the voltage/power limits per string as listed in the specs. I am not planning to put any in parallel as is allowed on A and B, just three independent strings on A, B and C.

    Thank you for your time and the great support.

    Tim O

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      Mike

      03/05/2019 at 10:01 am

      Hi Tim! Yes, the three inputs are independent, so any string that consists of identical module and is within the voltage range, power range, and is under 18A Isc will work. The inverter will only draw 10A in operation, but 18A Isc is the hardware current limit per input.

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