Archives from Months June, 2014

Tech Tip: Proper Communication for Sunny Island and Sunny Boy Systems

Sunny Island systems, especially in grid-tied battery-backup configurations, can do amazing things as standalone micro-grids. But they all depend on communication. Today, we’re discussing the proper communication configuration between the Sunny Island and Sunny Boy for optimal use.

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Butte College goes all in, first net-positive college in the USA

Northern California’s Butte College has taken the sustainability world by storm in recent years. Now the first college to generate more energy than it consumes annually has created an unmatched atmosphere for sustainability.

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Tech Tip: Sunny Boy TL-US Display Overview

The display screen on the Sunny Boy TL-US with Secure Power Supply is the dashboard to your solar system. In this Tech Tip, Greg Smith reviews all of the display screen’s features, including what to look for on the day of commissioning and how to view system production.

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Highlights from Intersolar Europe

From June 4-6, 2014, Munich became the center of the solar industry. More than 44,000 visitors flocked to Intersolar Europe to learn more about the latest solar innovations. Follow us through 3 days of Intersolar and experience the show through the eyes of SMA. Didn’t get to make the trip over? Don’t worry, we captured the most important moments and our personal highlights for you.

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Sunny Boy 240-US micro inverter powers San Diego Eco Rentals

Sullivan Solar Power's team readies the micro inverters for module installation.

Sullivan Solar Power’s team readies the micro inverters for module installation.

San Diego, a city where the only thing more abundant than sandy beaches and palm trees is sunshine. San Diego Eco Rentals, a provider of environmentally-friendly high-end vacation rentals in San Diego’s most vibrant neighborhoods, hired Sullivan Solar Power to take their newest rental property to the next level of eco-consciousness.

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Can your inverter handle the heat?

Summer is fast approaching and though that means more hours of sunshine, for most of the U.S. it also means hot days and plenty of them. A well-known fact about PV arrays is that as temperature rises, system voltage drops and can fall dangerously close to the lower edge of the Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) window.

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SMA’s Utility Power System is unveiled

Our Utility Power System was unveiled during the first day of Intersolar Europe in Munich last week, much to the enjoyment of the crowd gathered around the SMA booth.

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GRID Alternatives comes to SMA America’s backyard for a solar install

GRID Alternatives helps bring the power of solar to low-income families who need it the most—those who are often the least likely to afford it. When we heard they partnered with a family in Roseville, California, just down the road from SMA America’s headquarters, we jumped at the chance to help our neighbors.

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Work Life Balance Redefined

While research has demonstrated that organizations that have a balance of women leaders at the senior level outperform organizations that don’t, statistics show that only one-third of U.S. women senior managers are married with children. It begs the following questions: How can you juggle a highly demanding career and family harmoniously? How do you combine professional success, development and satisfaction with a real commitment to family?

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