Archives from Months January, 2014

Tech Tip: Sunny WebBox Assistant

Got a Sunny WebBox that’s ready to configure?

Solar Academy trainer Mike Mahon demonstrates how to download and run the Sunny WebBox Assistant to remotely configure a Sunny WebBox. Step-by-step instructions show how to create and save a system monitoring profile and how to send it wirelessly to the Sunny WebBox.

Have a question for the Solar Academy trainers? Send it to socialmedia@sma-america.com and we might just answer your question in our next Tech Tip!

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Solar Spotlight: Ted Turner’s Hunting and Fishing Lodge Goes Off-Grid

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Costilla Lodge, a 578,000 acre hunting and fishing resort owned by media mogul and multi-billionaire Ted Turner, recently commissioned at $1 million off-grid solar system.

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Today is National “Shout Out For Solar” Day

At SMA, we eat, sleep and breathe solar so it’s easy to get excited about National “Shout Out For Solar” Day.

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Utility Company Looks to the Future with Micro Grid Project

PowerStream, which provides power and related services to more than 360,000 residential and commercial customers in communities located immediately north of Toronto and in Central Ontario, is a community-owned energy company with vision. It aims to support smart grid development at the provincial level and raise awareness of the need to leverage innovative smart technologies in Ontario’s electricity sector. One way it is accomplishing this goal is through its micro grid demonstration project located at its corporate headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario.

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Solar Spotlight: Award-Winning PV System Revs Up Illinois Parking Garage

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When the Village of Oak Park, Ill., commissioned a PV system for the Avenue Parking Garage, it didn’t intentionally set out to win any awards. However, the array’s exceptional design, which was not without its challenges, made it a shoe-in for the 2013 Project of the Year Award (Structures Less than $5 Million) from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Chicago Metro Chapter and has since been nominated for an APWA national award.

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Teacher becomes the Student…and then the Teacher Again at SEI Hands-On Lab

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While you typically find Greg Smith, senior technical trainer for the SMA Solar Academy, behind the podium or in the field teaching others about photovoltaic systems and their many components, he also enjoys furthering his professional development by attending trainings himself. “Sometimes the trainer needs training,” explained Smith. “There is always something to learn from people in this industry.” 

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