Las Vegas city officials recently gathered to celebrate the completion of a 3MW solar project for the city’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF). The new solar farm is the largest PV project for a city government in the western United States. City officials attending the event included Las Vegas City Manager, Betsy Fretwell, and Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman.
You’ve asked. We’ve listened. When it comes to system performance, we know how important monitoring is and we also know residential installers have wanted something simple to fulfill this critical need. With that in mind, SMA developed Webconnect as an optional integrated solution for residential PV system operators who want to monitor their inverters and access inverter data online using Sunny Portal. It provides an easy, reliable way to monitor data and performance and doesn’t require any additional devices.
Sunny Boy TL-US Series
Webconnect is currently available as an optional data module with SMA’s newSunny Boy 3000TL-US/4000TL-US/5000TL-US transformerless residential inverters for the North American market.
It used to be that an additional data logger was needed, but today Webconnect is fully functional on its own. Webconnect provides basic access to Sunny Portal, making it possible for operators to monitor PV systems with up to four inverters easily and at minimal cost. Any operation irregularities or interferences will be quickly detected, and an email notification will be sent through the Sunny Portal.
Easy Installation and Commissioning
Once an inverter is connected, Webconnect’s “plug-and-play” feature makes for easy commissioning. Just plug in your existing DSL router, register on Sunny Portal and begin retrieving data.
Direct Data Exchange with Sunny Portal
The direct data transmission from the inverter to the Sunny Portal is one of the greatest advantages of Webconnect. All that is required is an Internet connection and the Webconnect data module. In some cases the Webconnect function is already integrated into the inverter. Once connected, everything is taken care of simply and easily through Sunny Portal. Without any additional configuration, displays customized to household use clearly show how the installation operated over the course of the day.
Access from Anywhere, Anytime
Basic access to the Sunny Portal provides system operators with online access to their installations from anywhere at any time, and a Sunny Portal app is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android phones. SMA’s Webconnect is the ultimate online monitoring option for residential PV systems.
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