Archives from Months November, 2012

Grow Your Business, One Neighborhood at a Time

Grow Your Business with the Sunny PRO Club

You know the saying, “Keeping up with the Joneses”?

It doesn’t just apply to the shiny new sports car parked in your neighbor’s driveway.

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Tokelau – the First Country with 100 % Solar Energy

Tokelau

Tokelau is one of the world’s most remote countries – and the first to generate its energy supply using only photovoltaics. We spoke with Alexander Kaemmerer of SMA Australia, who spent almost a month in Tokelau supporting the project, training Tokelauans to operate the plants and demonstrating to the clients how to proceed with the rest of the commissioning.

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SMA Charges Up the Austin City Limits Crowd

Austin City Limits

The 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup included some serious heavy hitters — Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, and SMA inverters!

Sister companies and Sunny PRO Club members Solar Community and ONTILITY provided an off-grid photovoltaic solar system for this year’s music festival, which took place over three days at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.

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SMA is Here to Help with Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Photo Credit: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

Since Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast a few weeks ago, SMA’s thoughts have been with the victims in the northeastern U.S. While the storm may have passed, the devastation that Sandy left behind will continue to distress victims for several weeks and even months.

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Family Services Center Brightens the Lives of Others, in More Ways Than One

Photo credit: Jonathan Frank, RESCo Energy Inc.

Catholic Family Services of Peel-Dufferin recently celebrated the commissioning of a rooftop solar array at its facility located in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

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Witness to a Land Speed Record Powered by the Sun

Photo Credit: Art Haynie, www.arthaynie.com

 

Matt Marx of SMA America preparing to capture the land speed record on video.

Fierce winds and a steady shroud of dust greeted us as we entered the El Mirage dry lake bed on Saturday. The landscape looked more like a scene from Mad Max than an officially sanctioned  speed trial.

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Help SMA Improve How, Where We Communicate with You

SMA strives to keep you up-to-date on new trends, products and the latest industry developments through various media channels and publications.

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Breaking Land Speed Records with the Power of the Sun

Lightning Motorcycle

SMA is excited to power The Lightning SuperBike, the world’s fastest electric motorcycle from Lightning Motorcycle, as it attempts to break the world land speed record using the power of the sun. 

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Earthbook – The Earth Goes Online


How can the controversial issues of global warming, environmental and wildlife conservation and renewable energy come together in a balanced and meaningful fashion?  The answer is in the video “Earthbook” produced for Science Year 2012, “Project EARTH: Our Future.”

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Cotton Center Solar Plant Thriving in Southwest

Solar Overlay Zone Construction & Development

There is no shortage of sun in Arizona, and with more than 300 days per year of sunshine and blue skies, Gila Bend is an ideal location in this solar-rich state for the Cotton Center Solar Plant. Developed and constructed by SOLON Corporation and now owned by Arizona Public Service (APS), the 17-megawatt Cotton Center Solar Plant was the first project ever contracted under Gila Bend’s Solar Field Overlay Zone. Within this zone, the permitting for solar projects can be fast-tracked, ensuring plants come together quickly.

Photo Credit SOLON Corporation

Spanning an area of 145 acres, the Cotton Center Solar Plant, which was commissioned in December 2011, generates up to 45,930 MWh of electricity, enough solar power to fulfill the energy needs of more than 4,000 APS customers.

Cotton Center is also the second APS AZ Sun facility to bring solar power to customers. With AZ Sun, APS is investing in the development of up to 200 MW of PV power plants across Arizona.

Powered by SMA 

Approximately 93,000 SOLON solar panels follow the sun across the sky using a single-axis tracking system. 18 SMA 1MW MV Power Platforms convert the generated energy into grid-compatible alternating current.

The SMA MV Power Platform is available in 1.0–1.6 megawatt configurations. These medium-voltage turnkey power solutions include two SMA Sunny Central inverters, a medium-voltage transformer, optional DC or AC/DC disconnect cabinets, and a control and supply panel for power distribution to local loads and (optionally) field tracker motors.

Solar Spotlight aims to highlight SMA inverters in real-world situations. Email us with information about your SMA-powered PV projects at SocialMedia@SMA-America.com

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