Archives from Months January, 2015

Where is your inverter made?

Our inverters call Colorado home. At SMA America, we’re continually investing in American craftsmanship. With our Denver-based production facility, SMA operates the Western Hemisphere’s largest PV inverter assembly line.

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3.00 avg. rating (68% score) - 3 votes

Packing three megawatts at SunWest Fruit’s shipping plant

Solar Spotlight SunWest Fruit Plant

Workers at SunWest Fruit Company’s packing and shipping plant in Parlier, California, like its three-megawatt solar system, work from dawn to dusk at the height of picking season. The electrical demands from those long hours at the plant left management sleepless over the expenses faced day after day from their electrical use.

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5.00 avg. rating (97% score) - 2 votes

Calculating Max PV Voltage is Not Scary

Calculating Max PV Voltage is Not Scary

In 2008, the National Electrical Code (NEC) added a second paragraph to 690.7(A) stating, “When open-circuit voltage temperature coefficients are supplied in the instructions for listed PV modules, they shall be used to calculate the maximum PV system voltage as required by 110.3(B) instead of using Table 690.7.” This addition was made because Table 690.7 is very conservative and the temperature coefficient will provide a more accurate voltage increase.

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4.55 avg. rating (90% score) - 33 votes

Tech Tip: Installing Secure Power Supply

Secure Power Supply is the easiest, most cost-effective way for a residential solar system to provide opportunity power during daytime grid outages without costly batteries. Plus, installing it takes only a few minutes with the Solar Academy’s Greg Smith.

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4.50 avg. rating (91% score) - 2 votes

Doling out power at Hawaii’s most famous pineapple plantation

Solar Spotlight Dole Plantation

Oahu’s second-most visited tourist stop showcases the rich history of pineapples in Hawaii at the Dole Plantation. Visitors are also treated to a new attraction during train tours: getting an up-close view of the historic plantation’s recently commissioned solar system.

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5.00 avg. rating (97% score) - 2 votes

Tales from the road – the More Power, More Profit Tour

SMA More Power More Profit Tour

Just before the holidays, I spent a day with one of our distributors in Anaheim for the second stop of the More Power, More Profit roadshow. The three-hour event featured a few short presentations and plenty of time for some hands-on learning with the inverters.

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5.00 avg. rating (96% score) - 1 vote

Navigating the Changing Requirements of PV Interconnection, Operations and Metering

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The solar industry is changing rapidly; new policies, regulations and requirements are being implemented at all levels of governance. As PV penetration increases, the need for changes in regulation follows the need for grid safety, stability and increased PV expertise within utilities and grid managers. Examining these trends from a global, national, statewide and local perspective will be critical to understanding how to navigate future regulations in an effort to achieve grid stability and the continued growth of PV.

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5.00 avg. rating (97% score) - 2 votes