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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.