Archives from Months October, 2012

New U.S. Solar Zones Encourage Future Solar Growth

Solar Zones Encourage PV Growth

The U.S. government recently implemented a program that designates 17 solar zones in six states, paving the way for future commercial and utility-scale solar PV plant development.

Simplifying the PV Permitting Process

This is good news for PV growth in the United States because the permitting process, interconnection and other soft costs can often slow down the process of installing solar. The new federal program will help streamline this process in the future, which should allow for simpler, increased development of solar PV plants.

Read more about this topic in this Renewablesbiz article by Bill Opalksa. Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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Thanks, SMA

At this year’s Solar Power International in Orlando, Florida, the SMA America team asked booth visitors to leave comments and suggestions of their choice. A video booth was set up in the booth’s social media area where attendees could privately leave a 30-second video message.

Attendees were only prompted with the question “Tell SMA What You Think.”

Valuable Feedback

Video booth located in the SMA America booth at SPI 2012

The goal of the video booth was to allow visitors and customers to leave feedback for SMA, whether it was positive or negative.  SMA was looking for suggestions on areas of improvement and what solar professionals considered valuable assets. What SMA learned from the video clips is depicted in this two-minute montage of solar professionals at SPI who are excited about the quality of SMA products, customer support, and technology.

Additional feedback was forwarded to the appropriate department to help focus the future development of SMA.

Feel free to “Tell SMA what you think” in the comments section below!

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A Sunny PRO Success: Ion Solar

Ion Solar

Visit Ion Solar LLC and your attention is instantly drawn to the welcoming atmosphere of the office, where a fusion of modern art, antique furniture and solar technology create a theme of integrating new technology with traditional values.  Ion Solar, a member of SMA America’s Sunny PRO Club, has developed a philosophy that focuses on families and businesses whose identities have been engrained in the oil industry for decades, but are fascinated by the promise of the renewable energy lifestyle.

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Grid Integration of Distributed PV-Generation

Grid Integration of Distributed PV-Generation

The increasing grid penetration of renewable energy and decentralized power sources, and photovoltaics (PV) in particular, are resulting in an increase in the demands placed on the public utility grid. Most PV in Germany – the world’s largest PV market — is installed at the low- and medium-voltage grid level. This results in potential issues in low-voltage grids like temporarily high voltages at the end of long feeder lines. Although significant, this kind of issue can be solved with inverters featuring intelligent reactive power control, which help support grid stability by minimizing frequency deviations commonly associated with decentralized, renewable energy production.

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Coupling Options For Off-Grid Solar Arrays

SMA Inverters - Sunny Boy and Sunny Island

Off Grid DC Coupled System

Substantial improvements to off-grid photovoltaic technology during the past decade have led to more choices in off-grid PV system design.

Installers can choose between direct-current (DC) coupling with a charge controller and direct alternating-current (AC) coupling of an off-grid or grid-tied inverters to the AC bus for these applications. The appropriate coupling method varies by project.

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NEC 2011 Code Adoption Map

NEC 2011 Adoption Map

NEC 2011 Adoption Map

In a recent post we discussed SMA’s newly released integrated AFCI solution that meets NEC 2011 requirements.

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Simpler Solar a Phone Call Away

SMA Service Line

Nobody likes to be kept waiting.

SMA Service Line located in Rocklin, CA

Customers want to get the most out of their photovoltaic solar plants. Maximum energy production is important, no matter the size of a PV system. To lose energy due to equipment issues means losing money. This is why you want to be able to address concerns and issues as soon as possible in order to maximize uptime.  With one of SMA’s monitoring systems installed, you can identify an issue almost immediately and avoid down time.

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Why So Little Solar at the White House?

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

ABC news posted a story this past week that highlighted the use of solar at the White House, or rather lack thereof. Check out the full feature here

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Off-Grid Paradise Monitored by SMA Sunny Portal

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The Hakai Beach Institute(HBI), a former fishing lodge, is now a teaching, conference and science research facility located on a remote island halfway between the northern and southern borders of British Columbia, Canada.

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