The next generation of Sunny Boy – the 5.0-US/6.0-US

From on 02/11/2016 in Category Technology with 16 Comments

SMA’s iconic line of Sunny Boy inverters has undergone a complete redesign of its popular models with Secure Power Supply. Ready to once again take over the North American residential PV market, the UL-listed Sunny Boy 5.0-US/6.0-US offers an increasingly robust feature set, allowing for reduced costs across all business operations and backed by the industry’s top-ranked service team.

The next generation Sunny Boy expands on its predecessor’s optimal design flexibility through multiple independent power point tracking channels, each featuring SMA’s proprietary OptiTrac Global Peak shade mitigation technology.

All-inclusive technology

SMA’s popular Secure Power Supply now provides up to 2,000 watts of opportunity power, allowing operation of larger electrical loads like small refrigerators and space heaters and affording even more value to homeowners in the event of a daytime grid outage.

The latest Sunny Boy boasts an integrated Webserver and WLAN for direct, wireless interface with a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. This communication platform provides state-of-the-art monitoring via Sunny Portal for system management and is compatible with SMA’s Installation Assistant to greatly reduce labor and commissioning time in the field.

Adding to the feature set is an integrated DC disconnect that reduces the costs associated with equipment stocking and order processing while speeding installation. The Sunny Boy 5.0-US/6.0-US also features a two-part enclosure concept for expedited servicing.

Coming soon

The Sunny Boy 5.0-US/6.0-US will be available for delivery in early 2016 through SMA’s North American distribution network. To locate an SMA Authorized Distributor, visit our Where to Buy page to learn more about each distribution partner.

SMA also plans to release additional powers classes, including the Sunny Boy 7.0/8.0-US later in 2016. Want to see more videos on the Sunny Boy 5.0-US/6.0-US? Watch our Tech Tips on commissioning the latest Sunny Boy and installing Secure Power Supply.

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16 Comments

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    Tim

    01/18/2016 at 5:42 pm

    Justin, What will the list price be for the 5.0 and 6.0? Will the Quick Design Reference Tool software get me close in estimating the string options for the 5.0 and 6.0 if I use a similar sized TLUS-22 inverters? Thanks.

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      Justin Dyke

      01/19/2016 at 8:16 am

      Hi Tim,

      The price will depend on which of our Authorized Distributors you purchase through, but this inverter represents cost savings across the residential PV business. As for the Quick Design Reference tool, we are in the process of updating it, but it’s not complete yet. Once it’s ready, I’ll post it in the comments for you.

      Thanks,
      Justin

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        Tim

        01/19/2016 at 5:06 pm

        Thanks Justin. I look forward to seeing the update to the QDR. Can you at least give me a range on the pricing? I went through most of the Authorized Distributors websites yesterday and none had the two new models listed or any pricing information. Are they going to be in $5K to $10K range or $1.5K to $2.5K range? Thanks.

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        Justin Dyke

        01/20/2016 at 7:52 am

        Hi Tim,

        I cannot offer a price range unfortunately but I can tell you that the Authorized Distributors have their pricing information should you want to call and ask them. Given how recent the launch was they might not have been able to update their websites yet, though it’s my understanding they are all aware of the new models and ready to take orders.

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        Tim

        01/21/2016 at 4:47 am

        Hi Justin,

        Understand it is early in the launch phase of the product. I was just wondering if I should start looking at this new model for my next install or hold off. I’ll keep looking into it. Is the product shipping yet and when will the higher power versions (7.0 and 8.0) be available? Thanks, Tim

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        Justin Dyke

        01/21/2016 at 8:37 am

        Hi Tim,

        It’s a great time to start looking into it for your next install! We have how-to videos for it and it is shipping already. The larger power classes are set for Fall 2016 and will be identical except for power output. We’ll start hosting free training webinars fairly soon, so stay tuned for those as well.

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    William

    04/02/2016 at 9:33 pm

    The lower cost of the unit and increased wattage rating for the SPS are very nice!

    Is there any way to synchronize/combine the output of two SPS from two paralleled SB 5.0/6.0 inverters? (to achieve 4,000W grid-down backup power instead of two separate 2,000W outlets)

    I am planning a 10,000W panel system that would feed two SB 5.0 units. Having 4,000W of opportunity power would be better than 2 x 2,000W outlets.

    Thank you,
    William

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      Justin Dyke

      04/04/2016 at 1:32 pm

      Hi William

      Glad you’re excited about the new Sunny Boy-US, we are too! The upgraded SPS will be great for your proposed system, but the SPS output from each inverter cannot be synchronized or run in parallel so you’ll have two separate junction boxes with outlets corresponding to each inverter.

      Best of luck with your system,
      Justin

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    Giancarlo

    05/06/2016 at 9:02 am

    Is it posssible to connect a SB-6.0-US to a three-phase Delta-Wye-G 25KVA transformer of my property. with the objetive to sync the PV power plant to the grid, what are the risk to the transformer or to the loads (near 6Kwh) and the inverter. This is because it less cost-effective to use tri-power inverter because the minimum specifications of these. The exceded of inyected power to the grid reach 1Kwh.

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      Justin Dyke

      05/06/2016 at 9:07 am

      Hi Giancarlo –

      For such a detailed question it is better to speak with a technical trainer by emailing Training@SMA-America.com and we can provide better assistance.

      Best,
      Justin

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    Eric G

    05/12/2016 at 6:16 am

    What are the main diferences between the Tl inverters and the 6.0 concerning the SPS?

    I install the 6.0 inverters now and I’m not familiar with the wiring for the sps.

    Any response would be very helpful before I open the booklet.

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      Justin Dyke

      05/17/2016 at 11:13 am

      Hi Eric –

      Thank you for your question. A technical trainer will be in contact with you soon.

      Best,
      Justin

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    Robert Loveridge

    08/16/2016 at 9:51 pm

    Does the new Sunny Boy 5/6 inverters allow individual panel level monitoring and optimizations or only panel clusters? I know some systems do, but does yours?

    Thank you.

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      Justin Dyke

      08/23/2016 at 5:00 pm

      Hi Robert –

      The Sunny Boy–US family has two or three Maximum Power Point tracking channels, and usually there will be one string input to each of these channels. The inverter monitors each of these channels separately, so with one string per input channel, you would have string-level monitoring. SMA’s module optimization solution will soon be introduced for use with the Sunny Boy–US line that will allow module-level monitoring and optimization if desired.

      Best,
      Justin

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    Eric Cantrell

    09/11/2017 at 11:01 am

    We just had our Sunny Boy 5.0 installed a few months ago and had Hurricane Irma pass over us yesterday. We are now without power because the grid is down. I understand the 5.0 has an SPS function, but that wasn’t installed initially. Do I need to call back the original installer to add this or can a regular electrician do it! Does it require an additional permit to make this change?

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      Mike

      09/21/2017 at 8:39 am

      Hello Eric, certainly a qualified electrician needs to install this to ensure the SPS wiring and SPS switch and outlet are appropriate for the installation location. But it does not have to be the original installer. However, the installer may have a much better understanding of the inverter. The Sunny Boy installation manual explains the SPS installation process and no additional permit is required.

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