Archives from Months September, 2012

Can We Still Afford Not to Use Photovoltaics?

Can We Still Afford Not to Use Photovoltaics?

What does the safe and clean energy supply of the future look like? How are we going to consume energy and how much is it going to cost? One thing is certain: Photovoltaics is set to be an elementary building block for the future of energy supply.

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The Next Frontier: Clean Energy Creates American Jobs

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With positive job growth reports providing a dose of much-needed optimism for the U.S. economy, Americans can give partial thanks to solar, wind and other types of renewable for adding more than 37,000 American jobs in Q2.

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Solar Power International 2012

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Solar Power International 2012 was a huge success! The SMA America team had a great time in Orlando, Florida, during the week of September 10, visiting with solar’s best and brightest. From the opening sessions and CEO panel discussion, to a rousing SPI Block Party and a fantastic keynote from former President Bill Clinton, this year’s Solar Power International was just the tonic the industry needed to invigorate it moving forward.

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Industry’s First Integrated AFCI Solution

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The National Electric Code 2011 sets new requirements for newly installed photovoltaic plants above 80V DC installed on buildings. Such PV plants must be equipped with an automatic electric arc detector and circuit interrupter.

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SMA America Welcomes a New President and General Manager

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SMA America would like to welcome Henry Dziuba as its new President and General Manager, where he will lead our sales, marketing, service and business-related activities!

Henry Dziuba President and General Manager of SMA America

 

Dziuba had previously served as the Managing Director for the SMA subsidiary in the United Kingdom. Dziuba notably strengthened the company’s position in the British market and was responsible for the development and management of SMA Solar UK Ltd. from inception to operational functionality. Dziuba also served as a mentor to the Managing Director in South Africa, ensuring a smooth and efficient set-up of all operational activities and supported the development of the medium-term business plan to capitalize on the market’s potential.
Throughout his career, Dziuba has played an active role in the electronics industry. His extensive educational background in electrical engineering also includes a MBA from Loughborough University, in Leicestershire.  Before joining the SMA team Dziuba was the Sales and Marketing Director for Weidmuller, Limited — a German provider of electronic connection technology. When he is not spending time with his wife and four small children, Dziuba enjoys playing golf and Formula 1 racing.

A Bright Future

Former SMA America President and General Manager Jurgen Krehnke has accepted a position as an advisor to the board of management and will continue to support the company through strategic initiatives.

The SMA America team is excited to have Dziuba on board. We look forward to continued growth and success.

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Sunny Centrals Powering 32 MW PV Power Plant in New York

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Photo courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory

The Long Island Solar Farm is a 32-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant built through collaboration between entities including the Long Island Power Authority and the U.S. Department of Energy. The Long Island Solar Farm is located on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory site in Upton, New York, and began delivering power to the Long Island Power Authority grid in November 2011.50 SMA central inverters and more than 160,000 ground-mounted PV panels span an area of approximately 200 acres. At the time of completion, the Long Island Solar Farm was the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the Eastern U.S. This plant generates up to 44,000 MWh of electricity, enough solar power to fulfill the energy needs of some 4,500 Long Island Power Authority customers. The Long Island Power Authority agreed to purchase 100 percent of the electricity the Long Island Solar Farm produces for 20 years. 

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